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New Mexico Farmers Seek ‘Priority Call’ as Drought Persists

Published: 
Fri, 03/29/2013 - 3:11pm
Category: 
Water

Amid the worst drought on record, the anger of southeastern New Mexico’s farmers and ranchers is boiling.

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Drought forecast to persist in much of U.S., especially the West

Published: 
Fri, 02/22/2013 - 7:49am
Category: 
Water

Much of the West continues to struggle with unusually dry conditions, raising the prospect of another year of wildfires, stunted crops and unnavigable stretches of river in various parts of the country, according to a federal assessment.

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Drought Disrupts Everyday Tasks In Rural Midwest

Published: 
Thu, 08/23/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

WILDWOOD, Mo. — The wells supplying people’s homes are running dry here at the heart of the nation’s drought, which the government announced on Thursday has spread to 63.2 percent of the country, centered in the parched earth of the southern Midwest.

For some residents outside municipal water districts, it has become a struggle to wash dishes, or fill a coffee urn, even to flush the toilet. Mike Kraus, a cattle farmer in Garden City, Kan., twisted the tap on the shower the other day after work and heard nothing but hissing.

“And that was it,” he said.

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Don't Waste the Drought

Published: 
Thu, 08/16/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

WE’RE in the worst drought in the United States since the 1950s, and we’re wasting it. 

Though the drought has devastated corn crops and disrupted commerce on the Mississippi River, it also represents an opportunity to tackle long-ignored water problems and to reimagine how we manage, use and even think about water.

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Hundred-Year Forecast: Drought

Published: 
Tue, 08/14/2012 (All day)
Category: 
Water

By many measurements, this summer’s drought is one for the record books. But so was last year’s drought in the South Central states. And it has been only a decade since an extreme five-year drought hit the American West. Widespread annual droughts, once a rare calamity, have become more frequent and are set to become the “new normal.”