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That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas

That Sinking Feeling About Groundwater in Texas | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
In case we need another example of the disturbing ramifications of extreme drought for our future water security, we can look to recent news out of northwest Texas.
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Dry Southern California Offers Northern Farmers Top Dollar for Water - NBCNews.com

Dry Southern California Offers Northern Farmers Top Dollar for Water - NBCNews.com | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
As California continues to endure its historic drought, a huge water district in the southern part of the state is offering to pay what is thought to be its ...
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Washington state governor declares drought emergency

Washington state governor declares drought emergency | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
By Rory Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - Washington state Governor Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across three regions including key agricultural hubs of the U.S.
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As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee

As drought worsens, L.A. water agency offers cash to Sacramento Valley farmers - Sacramento Bee | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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.
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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.

 
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Conservationist calls on province to manage eastern slopes for water

Conservationist calls on province to manage eastern slopes for water | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
"The solution is really to get the old-boy foresters club out of the business of managing our headwaters and create a headwaters conservation authority," says conservationist Kevin Van Tighem. "If ...
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If you thought the PC government has managed your money poorly, you don't want to contemplate how they are managing your water.

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Poor Chinese provinces are being forced to send their water to wealthier regions - Quartz

Poor Chinese provinces are being forced to send their water to wealthier regions - Quartz | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
China's solutions for its water scarcity problems aren't working out so well.
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Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions

Brazil drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Water rationed in 19 cities in southeast and central regions after usually abundant supplies run dry (#Brazil #drought crisis leads to rationing and tensions http://t.co/CSBzpoFSXK)...
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Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade ...

Study Ties Epic California Drought, 'Frigid East' To Manmade ... | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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 ...
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Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill - Huffington Post

Earl Ray Tomblin Requests More Bottled Water 3 Weeks After Chemical Spill - Huffington Post | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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...
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Drought Prompts Gov To Issue Urgent Plea: Flush Less!

Drought Prompts Gov To Issue Urgent Plea: Flush Less! | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
LOS ANGELES (AP) — With dangerously low snow levels in the mountains and rain coming in just dribs and drabs a deepening California drought has prompted Gov.
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Harper government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water

Harper government cutting more than $100 million related to protection of water | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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...
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"...the cuts coincide with internal advice from top bureaucrats that the government should instead be increasing its spending in the department to protect both economic and environmental interests."

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Eastwood files petition to give Cal Am access to water - Monterey County Herald

Eastwood files petition to give Cal Am access to water - Monterey County Herald | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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...
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The cost of Clean Water Act is an unequal burden - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

The cost of Clean Water Act is an unequal burden - Pittsburgh Post Gazette | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The cost of Clean Water Act is an unequal burden Pittsburgh Post Gazette His fix is going to cost maybe a third of the price of his house, but as part of the region's massive mess of water issues to fix, it is a sliver among billions that...
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Lessons from São Paulo's Water Shortage - Voices

Lessons from São Paulo's Water Shortage - Voices | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
It’s getting harder and harder to separate nature’s role in disasters from our own, and the dire water predicament confronting São Paulo, Brazil, is no exception. But as with the ongoing drought in...
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Some São Paulo residents have gone without tap water for days at a time. Others have fled the city, creating a new brand of “water refugees.”

As Brazil gears up to host the 2016 summer Olympics, businesses are suffering from the lack of water. Economists say the drought could shave 2% off of Brazil’s GDP.

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Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe

Climate change: Summer storms will give way to heatwaves and drought across Europe | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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.
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NASA: California Has One Year of Water Left

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.

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Yes, you read that right.

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Steam Machine Turns Poop into Clean Drinking Water - Live Science

Steam Machine Turns Poop into Clean Drinking Water - Live Science | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Bill Gates wants to turn your poop into clean drinking water, and he's got just the machine to do it.
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California still needs a ridiculous amount of rain to end its drought

The recent storms have barely made a dent in the state's dry spell.
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Fears megadrought that could last 35 YEARS is on the way

Fears megadrought that could last 35 YEARS is on the way | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
The southwestern United States has fifty percent change of suffering a 'megadrought' that lasts 35 years, U.S. Geological Survey scientists have warned.
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World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks | Al Jazeera America

World Bank wants water privatized, despite risks | Al Jazeera America | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Efforts endanger access to and pricing of life’s most precious resource
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"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."

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California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools

California's Drought Ripples Through Businesses, Then To Schools | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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.
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Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply

Its Great Lake Shriveled, Iran Confronts Crisis of Water Supply | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
President Hassan Rouhani has identified water as a national security issue, and nowhere is the crisis more pronounced than at Lake Urmia, once one of the largest salt lakes in the world.
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Seven people die in the worst heat wave ever recorded in Argentina

Seven people die in the worst heat wave ever recorded in Argentina | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
At least seven people have died in the worst heat wave in Argentina since records began.
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For Divided Congress, Water Projects Are a Unifier - ABC News

For Divided Congress, Water Projects Are a Unifier - ABC News | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
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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California could experience 'historic' drought in 2014 - Al Jazeera America

California could experience 'historic' drought in 2014 - Al Jazeera America | Understanding Water | Scoop.it
Al Jazeera America California could experience 'historic' drought in 2014 Al Jazeera America California water authorities told Al Jazeera Friday that barring a series of heavy storms, California faces a drought next year that would restrict...
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