In The News — Below are press stories about the ongoing drought in the west, as well as information about the Southern Nevada Water Authority’ (SNWA) “Water Grab” proposed in eastern Nevada and northwestern Utah, along with other development projects that threaten water resources of the Great Basin.
August 29, 2014 — US official airs 'myths' on Colorado River water — LAS VEGAS — A top federal water administrator said Friday that several myths stand in the way of broad agreements needed to deal with increasing demand for water in the drought–stricken and over–allocated Colorado River basin.
Assistant Secretary of the Interior Anne Castle told the "Business of Water" conference in Las Vegas that there's no one-step way to avoid the possibility of cuts in water deliveries in the next few years to states including Arizona and Nevada.
With the crucial Lake Mead reservoir at 38 percent capacity and the Southwest in the grip of the driest 15-year period in more than a century, Castle said it will take multiple, incremental agreements to balance the water rights of cities, farmers, Indian tribes and states — Gazette.com
August 27, 2014 — [EDITORIAL] Our Voice: Groundwater use is the public's business — Pumping groundwater in California is the public's business. This has never been more clear as now, when the state is grappling with extreme drought — DesertSun.com
August 25, 2014 — 7 GIFs That Will Convince You Just How Scary the Drought in the West Is — From a popular skiing spot to the largest man-made reservoir in North America, these before-and-after photos show why we need to save water] — Most Americans might not feel the thirst just yet, but if the current rate of water consumption continues, they soon will. So here are seven before-and-after GIFs that reveal just how bad the drought has gotten — Takepart.com
Lake Folsom, July 20, 2011, to Aug. 19, 2014
August 25, 2014 — [PRESS RELEASE] Highly Imperiled Utah Fish Denied Endangered Species Act Protection Least Chub Is Fifth Species in Month Denied Protection by Federal Agency's Rocky Mountain Region — SALT LAKE CITYó In a reversal of a 2010 finding that it deserved federal protection, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today decided Utahís
highly imperiled least chub does not warrant Endangered Species Act protection. Itís the fifth such reversal by the agencyís Rocky Mountain Region in less than a month, including the American wolverine, two rare Colorado plants and Montana grayling. Regional administrators havenít protected a species in more than three years and overall has only protected five species in 14 years, including just three of the 229 protected by the Obama administration so far — Center For Biological Diversity
August 25, 2014 — Utahís least chub no longer considered for protection — An updated conservation plan for the least chub — and the reconsideration of a proposal to take key groundwater from southwestern Utah — have led federal officials to reverse a decision to include the fish on the Endangered Species List. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced Monday that it removed the least chub, found only in Utah in six populations, from the Candidate Species List — sltrib.com
August 22, 2014 — Westinghouse to build Utah nuclear plant — A firm seeking to bring nuclear power to Utah has reached an agreement with Westinghouse Electric Co. to design and build a 1,500-megawatt plant in Emery County. . . Two years ago, the state engineer agreed to let Kane and San Juan counties lease 53,000 acre-feet of water a year to operate the reactor. Thatís an amount capable of serving a city of up 200,000 homes . . . sltrib.com
August 2014 — Dramatic Photos of Lake Mead At All-Time Low — Weather.com
August 2014 — Las Vegas Growth — 1984 to 2012, Google’s 20 Year Timelapse viewer
August 21, 2014 — NBC NIGHTLY NEWS Fourteen years of drought has left Lake Mead at its lowest level since the Hoover Dam was built in the 1930s.
August 21, 2014 — Ban on filling swimming pools hits communities in parched California The California dream of owning a house with a sparkling swimming pool is drying up for would-be swimmers in communities across the state as some local water districts have banned homeowners from filling empty pools in drought-stricken — Reuters
August 21, 2014 — California's wells are going dry now, too — Marketplace.org
August 21, 2014 —
GPS is Tracking Westís Vanishing Water, Scientists Surprised to Learn —Throughout the western United States, a network of Global Positioning System (GPS) stations has been monitoring tiny movements in the Earth's crust, collecting data that can warn of developing earthquakes. To their surprise, researchers have discovered that the GPS network has also been recording an entirely different phenomenon: the massive drying of the landscape caused by the drought that has intensified over much of the region since last year. — NatinalGeographic.com
August 20, 2014 — California Has Given Out Rights To Five Times More Water Than It Actually Has — According to a new study, the water rights given out by California amount to five times the amount of surface water the stateís ecosystem can actually provide. The analysis, published Tuesday in the journal Environmental Research Letters, found that water rights issued since 1914 add up to 370 million acre-feet of water annually, while the surface water that actually flows through the state adds up to just 70 million acre-feet in a good year for precipitation — ThinkProgress.org
August 20, 2014 — WHERE I STAND:
Lake Mead levels not just Vegasí problem — By Pat Mulroy — former general manager of the Southern Nevada Water Authority — Las Vegas Sun
August 18, 2014 — L.A. dramatically increases 'water cops' staffing as drought worsens — Los Angeles officials announced Monday they are beefing up their water-wasting patrols — LA Times
August 17, 2014 — Westís historic drought stokes fears of water crisis — When the winter rains failed to arrive in this Sacramento Valley town for the third straight year, farmers tightened their belts and looked to the reservoirs in the nearby hills to keep them in water through the growing season. When those faltered, some switched on their well pumps, drawing up thousands of gallons from underground aquifer . . . washingtonpost.com
August 2014 — The California Drought of 2014: Record Hot, Record Dry — CNAP
August 14, 2014 — Channeling the Colorado River Delta Back From the Dead — As a matter of geographic trivia, did you ever wonder where the Colorado River drains into the ocean? huffingtonpost.com
August 14, 2014 — Timeline of events in VVWD legal cases — Itís complex, convoluted, and complicated. [Here is] a timeline of events spanning 13 years — By Barbara Ellestad — MesquiteCitizen.com/
August 14, 2014 — More Lake Powell water headed to struggling Lake Mead — One of the main reservoirs in the vast Colorado River water system that is struggling to serve the booming Southwest will get more water this year, but that won't be enough to pull Lake Mead back from near-record lows . . . Scott Huntley of the Southern Nevada Water Authority said the agency isn't expecting any major difficulties, even if shortages are declared for the Colorado River water because of conservation and water reuse programs — azdailysun.com[More Coverage — RJ.com]