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1.  Arizona Considers $5.5 Billion Water Desalination Plant, 200-Mile Pipeline From Mexico To Combat Drought  

2022-12-27
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ZeroHedge News
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Arizona Considers $5.5 Billion Water Desalination Plant, 200-Mile Pipeline From Mexico To Combat Drought Arizona's Water Infrastructure Finance Authority has been tasked with reviewing a proposal for a multibillion-dollar project to construct a water desalination plant in Mexico that would pump wate...

2.  ‘It Is Going to Take Real Cuts to Everyone’: Leaders Meet to Decide the Future of the Colorado River  

2022-12-24
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Inside Climate News
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The Colorado River is shrinking at the hands of climate change, and the people who decide its future are caught in a standoff over how to share its water. Putting them all in the same room, then, is bound to breed some tension. The most powerful policymakers in the arid Southwest spent three days i...

3.  The ‘Power of Aridity’ is Bringing a Colorado River Dam to its Knees  

2022-12-14
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Inside Climate News
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Deep in the bowels of the Glen Canyon Dam, an awful lot stays the same. Under the mass of concrete it’s pleasantly cool all year long, even when the Arizona sun beats down above. As the decades march on, the machinery inside remains unchanged, too. The dam’s innards are a time capsule of 1960s engineering...

4.  ‘No telling what we’ll find’: bodies in Lake Mead spark mob speculation  

2022-05-10
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The Guardian
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The dropping lake level exposed a second set of human remains within a week, flooding Las Vegas with lore about organized crimeLas Vegas is being flooded with lore about organized crime after a second set of human remains emerged within a week from the depths of a drought-stricken Colorado River reservoir...

5.  State Tensions Rise As Water Cuts Deepen On The Colorado River  

2022-08-17
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Inside Climate News
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As a 23-year-old drought intensified by climate change and overallocation continue to endanger the Colorado River water supply, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will face more reductions in their allotments, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced Tuesday.  According to new projections by the Department o...

6.  ‘We Woke Up and We Lost Half Our Water’  

2022-04-28
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It’s the first major test of the American political system’s ability to collaboratively adapt to climate change.

7.  Experts Warn 'Doomsday Scenario' for Colorado River Basin Possible in 2023  

2022-12-01
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Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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“The problem with massive projects like Lake Powell and the Glen Canyon Dam,” said one climate journalist, “is they were engineered for a climate that no longer exists.“

8.  The Colorado River Compact Turns 100 Years Old. Is It Still Working?  

2022-11-24
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Inside Climate News
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On a chilly fall day, Eric Kuhn walked along a gravel path above the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. The former head of the Colorado River District, a water agency based on the state’s Western Slope, paused where one of its tributaries, the Roaring Fork, spilled into the river, creatin...

9.  Feds to Colorado River states: reduce water usage, or we will do it for you  

2022-11-01
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Grist
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The Interior Department outlined a path for unilateral cuts last week, upping the pressure on western states.

10.  End Times on the Great Salt Lake  

2022-10-14
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Counter Punch
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Staging, Nuclear Bombs, Elephants and Other Rhetorical Theatrics in the Paper of Record Exclusion’s the secret: what’s missing is what appears Most visible to the eye. – Charles Wright 1. Who in Utah did not read or hear about the big New York Times story that dropped on June 7: “As the Great Salt Lak...

11.  Feds Will Spend Billions to Boost Drought-Stricken Colorado River System  

2022-09-28
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Inside Climate News
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As climate change tightens its grip on the Colorado River basin, the states that use its water are struggling to agree on terms that will reduce their demand. Now, the federal government is stepping in with a plan to use billions of dollars to incentivize conservation. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamatio...

12.  As Lake Mead drops, a privately operated intake runs dry — and a bankruptcy ensues – The Nevada Independent  

2022-09-26
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This week’s Indy Environment looks at the impacts of a Lake Mead intake going offline and what it means for the end users who rely on it.

13.  The drying of the Colorado and Rio Grande rivers  

2022-09-22
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Yale Universities Climate Connections
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Catch up on some of the top recent coverage of historic drought plaguing two of North America’s threatened rivers. The post The drying of the Colorado and Rio Grande rivers appeared first on Yale Climate Connections.

15.  Amid Warnings of 'Catastrophic Collapse,' Feds Cut Colorado River Water Use in Arizona, Nevada  

2022-08-16
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Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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“Nothing has changed with today's news,” said one conservationist, “except for the fact that the Colorado River system keeps crashing.“

16.  US issues western water cuts as drought leaves Colorado River near ‘tipping point’  

2022-08-17
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The Guardian
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Arizona, Nevada and Mexico affected as federal government steps in after states failed to reach agreementAfter western US states failed to reach agreements to reduce water use from the beleaguered Colorado River, the federal government stepped in on Tuesday, issuing cuts that will affect two states an...

17.  Pipe dreams: Why far-fetched Western water projects won’t go away  

2022-08-15
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Grist
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There are at least half a dozen major Western water pipeline projects under consideration, ranging from ambitious to outlandish.

18.  UN Warns Two Largest Reservoirs in US Are Approaching Dangerous 'Dead Pool' Status  

2022-08-03
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Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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“Drought and desertification are quickly becoming the new normal everywhere—from the U.S. to Europe and Africa.”

19.  As water crisis worsens on Colorado River, an urgent call for Western states to ‘act now’  

2022-06-21
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The federal government has taken the unprecedented step of telling the seven Western states that rely on the river to find ways of drastically cutting the amount of water they take in the next two months.

20.  Watch: Huge Rockslide Crashes Down On Drought-Stricken Lake Powell  

2022-06-02
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ZeroHedge News
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Watch: Huge Rockslide Crashes Down On Drought-Stricken Lake Powell Utahns were out on their motorboats scooting around drought-stricken Lake Powell on Memorial Day when a massive rockfall crashed into the waters, producing a tidal wave for nearby boaters.  Boater Mila Carter captured a video of the dramati...

21.  Feds Take Emergency Action To Delay Water Releases From Lake Powell As Megadrought Sparks Crisis  

2022-05-06
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Feds Take Emergency Action To Delay Water Releases From Lake Powell As Megadrought Sparks Crisis  The federal government announced Tuesday unprecedented measures to increase the water level in Lake Powell, the second-largest reservoir on the Colorado River. The reservoir, which supplies water and powe...

22.  Arizona Slammed for Permitting Uranium Mine That Imperils Grand Canyon Tribe's Water  

2022-04-29
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Common Dreams - Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community
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“Uranium contamination in a system like this is forever and while the mining company can walk away, the Havasupai tribe can't. This is, and always has been, their home.”

23.  “Holy Christ, That's Bad” - Lake Mead's Water Intake Pipe Exposed For First-Time  

2022-04-29
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ZeroHedge News
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“Holy Christ, That's Bad” - Lake Mead's Water Intake Pipe Exposed For First-Time  The top of the first water intake pipe at Lake Mead is now visible as the lake's plummeting water level hit a new record low.  “It's official – the top of Intake No. 1 is now visible and the low lake level pumping statio...

24.  Parched southern California takes unprecedented step of restricting outdoor watering  

2022-04-27
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The Guardian
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The resolution will limit watering to just one day a week, affecting millions in Los Angeles, Ventura and San Bernardino countiesSouthern California officials declared a water shortage emergency Tuesday, and adopted new unprecedented restrictions on outdoor watering that will affect millions of peopl...

25.  As Lake Powell dries up, the US turns to creative accounting for a short-term fix  

2022-04-26
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Grist
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A new agreement calls for Western states to leave their drinking water in the reservoir — and act as if they didn't.

26.  Lake Powell water crisis is about to be an energy crisis  

2022-03-21
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Grist
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As the West's megadrought continues, communities reliant on hydroelectric power — including tribes and rural towns — face shortages.

27.  It’s hot as hell in the Southwest. We can blame it on Big Oil.  

2021-06-18
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Exxon Knews
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Great description of the current state of affairs, what we expect in the near future, and what Exxon expected 50 years ago. But they did not tell us. Were these Crimes against Humanity?

28.  As Lake Powell Hits Landmark Low, Arizona Looks to a New Agency, a $1 Billion Investment and Mexican Seawater to Slake its Thirst  

2022-03-20
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Inside Climate News
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During his last year in office, Gov. Doug Ducey is trying to create a legacy of water security in drought-stricken Arizona. But his most ambitious effort in that quest could end up being in Mexico. In his last state of the state speech in January, he proposed an investment of $1.16 billion over the nex...

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