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As Colorado River Water Users Conserve, Utah Wastes More

As Colorado River Water Users Conserve, Utah Wastes More | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Utah is proposing two large water developments to augment supplies, while the state has some of the highest consumption in the country, writes Taylor Graham of the Utah Rivers Council.

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After delays, squabbles, Arizona drought plan for Colorado River back on track

After delays, squabbles, Arizona drought plan for Colorado River back on track | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

For the first time in well over a year, a clear path exists for completion of Arizona’s share of a three-state drought plan for the Colorado River.

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The Tri-State Compact That Could Destroy the Great Salt Lake

The Tri-State Compact That Could Destroy the Great Salt Lake | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

An agreement signed in 1958 and amended in 1980 divvies up the Bear River between Wyoming, Utah and Idaho. If the states find a way to use all their allotted water, the Great Salt Lake could turn into toxic dust.

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Supreme Court to states: Live up to your treaty obligations

Supreme Court to states: Live up to your treaty obligations | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

A landmark decision this June from the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the rights of several tribes to hunt, gather and fish on the Northwest coast of Washington state, thereby ending a 50-year battle over Native American sovereignty and states’ rights.

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As water shortages loom, Wyoming seeks water bank law

As water shortages loom, Wyoming seeks water bank law | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Worried by growing demands and shrinking water supplies in the Colorado River Basin, Wyoming lawmakers are seeking legislation to authorize water banking in Wyoming and declare it a “beneficial use."

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Pruitt acts to yield some EPA power over mining, development

Pruitt acts to yield some EPA power over mining, development | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Environmental Protection Agency head Scott Pruitt is proposing surrendering some of his agency’s veto power over waste discharges near waterways by mining and development.

 

In a memo released Wednesday by the EPA, Pruitt directs the agency to study renouncing part of its authority under the half-century-old Clean Water Act to veto permits that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers or states grant to allow dumping waste into waterways.

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GMO grass is creeping across Oregon (Little weed, big problem)

GMO grass is creeping across Oregon (Little weed, big problem) | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Missteps by agribusiness giants allowed the invasion. Now they’re off the hook for cleanup.

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Hawaii Shows States’ Power to Regulate Pesticides

Hawaii Shows States’ Power to Regulate Pesticides | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The nation's first state law banning chlorpyrifos and regulating agrochemical companies is the result of nearly a decade of grassroots community organizing.

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A New Groundwater Market Emerges in California. Are More on the way?

A New Groundwater Market Emerges in California. Are More on the way? | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The pilot program is kicking off in Ventura County, but experts say that it may be replicated in other parts of the state as California works to comply with the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act and curb overpumping of aquifers.

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Vanishing Rio Grande River puts pressure on San Luis Valley farmers during extreme drought

Vanishing Rio Grande River puts pressure on San Luis Valley farmers during extreme drought | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Seldom has the Rio Grande River, the nation's fourth longest and the one that nourishes the most drought-prone terrain, flowed so low.

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Senate blocks bid to stop Obama water rule

Senate blocks bid to stop Obama water rule | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The Senate voted Thursday to block a measure by Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) that would have repealed former President Obama’s landmark water pollution rule.

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This is Our Moment to Zero in on the Farm Bill

This is Our Moment to Zero in on the Farm Bill | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The choices proposed in the current farm bills range from maintaining a deeply flawed status quo or ending support for healthy food and sustainable farming.

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Colorado River Reservoirs Expected To Be Less Than Half Full, Headed Toward Historic Low

Colorado River Reservoirs Expected To Be Less Than Half Full, Headed Toward Historic Low | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Reservoirs that store water along the Colorado River are projected to be less than half full later this year, potentially marking a historic low mark for the river system that supplies water to seven U.S. states and Mexico.

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Conflict looms as Wyoming seeks more Green River water

Conflict looms as Wyoming seeks more Green River water | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Reservoir dam to claim more Colorado River Basin water, but it could face a fight from those downstream.

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Water Is Leaving Colorado Farmland For The City — But Will It Ever Return?

Water Is Leaving Colorado Farmland For The City — But Will It Ever Return? | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

An old water cliché tells us that “water flows uphill toward money.” It’s an adage born out of people’s frustrations about who benefits when water moves.

 

Like all persistent folksy sayings, it’s a mix of myth and truth.

 

But there’s at least one case where it has some validity: the phenomenon known as “buy and dry” along Colorado’s fast-growing, historically agricultural Front Range.

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Salem water update: 41 systems at risk for toxic blooms

Salem water update: 41 systems at risk for toxic blooms | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The Oregon Health Authority has identified 41 water systems in the state at risk for toxic algae blooms similar to those responsible for Salem's drinking water advisory.

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North American Vineyards Have A Choice To Make: Machines Or Migrants

North American Vineyards Have A Choice To Make: Machines Or Migrants | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The U.S. hostile environment has created a migrant worker shortage in vineyards. Growers need to weigh the benefit or not of machine harvesting over hand picking grapes.

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All you need to know about the Senate farm bill in fewer than 500 words

All you need to know about the Senate farm bill in fewer than 500 words | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

The Senate proposal authorizes funding for mental health services and organics research, and it doesn't make major changes to the food stamps program. Here's a rundown of the bipartisan bill.

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The West's Sleeping Giant: Abandoned Mines and the role of the Good Samaritan

The West's Sleeping Giant: Abandoned Mines and the role of the Good Samaritan | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Our latest insight digs into remediation pathways, existing funding options, & how Good Samaritan legislation fits into the mix as communities seek to deal with abandoned hardrock mines in the western U.S.

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Signs of climate change surround Montana fishermen

Signs of climate change surround Montana fishermen | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

On the Big Hole River, livelihoods depend on healthy fish, but climate doubts abound.

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Why Emergency Drought Assistance Will Be Needed in California for years

Why Emergency Drought Assistance Will Be Needed in California for years | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Just how long interim funding will play a central role in responding to water issues depends on implementing long-term solutions to contamination and groundwater depletion.

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Hickenlooper vetoes first-in-the-nation bill that would have allowed marijuana “tasting rooms” in Colorado

Hickenlooper vetoes first-in-the-nation bill that would have allowed marijuana “tasting rooms” in Colorado | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper on Monday vetoed a bill that would have created licensed marijuana "tasting rooms" in Colorado -- in what would have been a first-in-the-nation endeavor.

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Colorado governor signs hemp products as food ingredients bill

Colorado governor signs hemp products as food ingredients bill | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Wednesday signed House Bill 1295, which formalizes an 11-month-old state policy that applies existing food manufacturing guidelines to products such as hemp oil-infused coffees and hemp-derived extracts rich in the non-psychoactive compound cannabidiol.

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Colorado River future could hinge on little-known California election

Colorado River future could hinge on little-known California election | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

A few thousand votes in California's Imperial Valley could have major consequences for millions of people who depend on water from the Colorado River.

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Yosemite, California forests in danger from poisonous pot grows, authorities say

Yosemite, California forests in danger from poisonous pot grows, authorities say | CSG West Agriculture & Water | Scoop.it

Law enforcement has launched a new attack on illegal marijuana farm in California's forests, saying Mexican cartels are using huge amounts of pesticides that threaten endangered species. Officials say the problem has spread to at least 40 of California's 58 counties.

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