The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California has agreed to spend up to $71 million to buy water from a cluster of irrigation districts north of Sacramento.
Jody MacPherson's insight:
The deal also shows how severe the drought has become. A year ago, some of the same Sacramento Valley water districts shipped some of their water south at what seemed like an exorbitant price: $500 an acre-foot.
This year’s transaction will make 2014 look like a steal. Metropolitan and the others are paying $700 an acre-foot. An acre-foot is 326,000 gallons, roughly a year’s supply for two Southern California households.
Natural variability alone cannot explain the extreme weather pattern that has recently driven both the record-setting California drought, and also the cooler weather seen across most of the Midwest and East this winter, a major ...
Al Jazeera America Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill Huffington Post "Immediately following West Virginia American Water's DO NOT USE order on January 9, I began working with the West Virginia National Guard...
OTTAWA — More than $100 million in cuts are underway at the federal department in charge of protecting Canada’s water and oceans, despite recommendations from top bureaucrats that it needs to increase spending for both environmental and economic...
Eastwood files petition to give Cal Am access to water Monterey County Herald On Tuesday, the Eastwood Trust filed a petition with the state Water Resources Control Board that would allow California American Water to use Carmel River groundwater...
Summer storms over Europe have become weaker and less frequent over the past few decades, but if this trend continues it is likely to lead to more intense heatwaves and droughts according to climate scientists.
Plagued by prolonged drought, California now has only enough water to get it through the next year, according to NASA.
In an op-ed published Thursday by the Los Angeles Times, Jay Famiglietti, a senior water scientist at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, painted a dire picture of the state's water crisis. California, he writes, has lost around 12 million acre-feet of stored water every year since 2011. In the Sacramento and San Joaquin river basins, the combined water sources of snow, rivers, reservoirs, soil water and groundwater amounted to a volume that was 34 million acre-feet below normal levels in 2014. And there is no relief in sight.
Efforts endanger access to and pricing of life’s most precious resource
Jody MacPherson's insight:
"In the decades since the IFC’s initial push, we have seen the results of water privatization: It doesn’t work. Water is not like telecommunications or transportation. You could tolerate crappy phone service, but have faulty pipes connecting to your municipal water and you’re in real trouble. Water is exceptional."
California farmers produce an enormous proportion of American produce, but the state is now experiencing a record-breaking drought that is being felt throughout the state and the U.S. (California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses And Even Schools.
For Divided Congress, Water Projects Are a Unifier ABC News Big multimillion-dollar water projects, once a favorite target of good-government reformers who made them a poster child of political pork, are back in vogue as a rare force of concord in...
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