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Colorado River Drought Forces a Painful Reckoning for States

Published: 
Sat, 01/11/2014 - 9:02am
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Water

The sinuous Colorado River and its slew of man-made reservoirs from the Rockies to southern Arizona are being sapped by 14 years of drought nearly unrivaled in 1,250 years.

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Seawater desalination plant might be just a drop in the bucket

Published: 
Wed, 02/20/2013 - 7:38pm
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Water

Dreamers have long looked to the Pacific Ocean as the ultimate answer to California's water needs: an inexhaustible, drought-proof reservoir in the state's backyard. In the last decade, proposals for about 20 desalting plants have been discussed up and down the coast. 

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Fracking can increase methane in drinking water, study finds

Published: 
Mon, 06/24/2013 - 10:01pm
Category: 
Water

Scientists have found that methane and other gases pose a significant risk of contaminating drinking-water wells near natural gas drilling, raising new questions about possible health and safety risks from the production technique known as fracking.

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Yosemite's largest ice mass is melting fast

Published: 
Wed, 10/02/2013 - 8:51pm
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Water

Climate change is taking a visible toll on Yosemite National Park, where the largest ice mass in the park is in a death spiral, geologists say.

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Arid Southwest Cities’ Plea: Lose the Lawn

Published: 
Tue, 08/13/2013 - 9:07am
Category: 
Water

This is how officials here feel about grass these days: since 2009, the city has paid $1.4 million to homeowners willing to rip out their front lawns and plant less thirsty landscaping.