The U.S. House of Representatives' infrastructure committee approved a sweeping water and sewer bill on Thursday that would add more than $15 billion to the dollars already sent to states under the recently-enacted stimulus plan, but could face a bump when the full body votes on it.
The Water Quality Investment Act of 2009 combines five water bills that the House approved last year, but which ... read more >>
The new issue of Southwest Hydrology features articles on watershed management. Watershed management—managing resources on a watershed scale—is a challenge: watersheds cover large areas; have a variety of climates, species, and ecosystems; and have many different stakeholders. However, water managers are increasingly realizing the importance of looking at watersheds holistically to understand the ... read more >>
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, the California Department of Water Resources and corporate agribusiness have continually tried to frame the battle over restoring the California Delta and Central Valley rivers as one of “fish versus people.”
This false dichotomy was exemplified by an article published in the Sacramento Bee, “Delta cutbacks put Valley farm town on edge,” by Susan Ferris on Monda ... read more >>
Drought has prompted California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to declare a state emergency. Water agencies are preparing to impose mandatory water rationing. We're all hoping that melting snow in the Sierra will save the state's farmers and city dwellers from hardship.
But once rain starts to fall - and it eventually will - California's farmers expect to irrigate their fields and re ... read more >>
California's Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a state of emergency because of severe drought after three dry winters left reservoirs at their lowest levels since 1992.
Farmers have been particularly badly hit in a state which is the largest producer of food and agricultural products in the US. ... read more >>
— First, the farmers objected to an ambitious dam project proposed by the government, saying they did not need irrigation water from the reservoir. Then the commercial fishermen complained that fish would disappear if the Kawabe River’s twisting torrents were blocked. Environmentalists worried about losing the river’s scenic gorges. Soon, half of this city’s 34,000 residents had signed a petition ... read more >>
In the San Joaquin Valley, the most productive farmland on earth, panic is more abundant than the crops that usually blanket the ground. Drought and environmental concerns have led to severe cuts in irrigation water deliveries from Northern California over the past year, and unemployment in this town of 10,000 is approaching 40 percent. ... read more >>
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger declared a statewide drought emergency Friday, urging cities to cut their use of water 20 percent and paving the way for projects such as desalination plants and water recycling projects to bypass standard environmental reviews. ... read more >>
Eric Kuhn is not the person you'd expect to deliver ominous revelations about Colorado's future. Kuhn runs the Colorado River Water Conservation District, which represents 15 counties on the state's Western Slope. Compared to some of Colorado's other water agencies, the River District leads a relatively low-profile existence on one floor of a small office building in the mountain town of Glenwood ... read more >>