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Jan 29, 2019

Gov. Doug Ducey: Why I put $30 million toward Arizona’s Drought Contingency Plan

2019-01-29T11:19:47+00:00Jan 29, 2019|

Opinion: Implementing DCP in Arizona has been a long, hard-fought struggle. But we're close to finalizing a plan. Very close. (Photo: David Wallace/The Republic) After a great deal of hard work in recent weeks, water leaders from across Arizona have made significant progress in the effort to protect Arizona’s Colorado River water supplies. [...]

Jan 24, 2019

January storms added 580 billion gallons of water to California reservoirs

2019-01-24T10:26:40+00:00Jan 24, 2019|

Storms that soaked California during the first half of January did more than bring tons of snow to Sierra Nevada ski resorts. They also significantly boosted the state’s water supplies. Over the three weeks from Jan. 1 until this Tuesday, 47 key reservoirs that state water officials closely monitor added 580 billion gallons of water, according [...]

Jan 22, 2019

The shape of water: When ag water management pays off

2019-01-22T11:09:33+00:00Jan 22, 2019|

Years of drought have parched California’s vast agricultural lands, prompting farmers to drill deeper and deeper into aquifers to irrigate their fields. But this often means higher water costs for everyone – and inefficient use of a precious resource. When a farmer draws water from a well, it depletes the aquifer for all the other [...]

Jan 16, 2019

California Depends on Rivers—in the Air

2019-01-15T16:23:00+00:00Jan 16, 2019|

PPIC talks to Mike Dettinger—a research hydrologist with the US Geological Survey and a PPIC Water Policy Center research partner—about the weather phenomenon known as “atmospheric rivers.” PPIC: What are atmospheric rivers? Mike Dettinger: They are long pathways that transport water across the atmosphere. Typically they’re at least 1,200 miles long; the biggest can be five times that. They tend [...]

Jan 14, 2019

Reducing Drought Risks in Rural Communities

2019-01-14T09:31:39+00:00Jan 14, 2019|

Disadvantaged rural communities are disproportionately exposed to drinking water risks in California. Too many experience insecure supplies and contamination of their water sources. While there are growing efforts by policymakers to address water contamination, many communities will need further help to prepare for future droughts. Improved planning efforts could help avert water shortages. Rural residents [...]

Jan 10, 2019

Arizona faces unresolved issues as lawmakers prepare to take up Colorado River drought plan

2019-01-10T09:20:54+00:00Jan 10, 2019|

With a federal deadline to sign a Colorado River drought deal three weeks away, Arizona water managers are still grappling with several unresolved issues that could get in the way of finishing an agreement. The outstanding issues, some of which are proving contentious, range from developers’ concerns about securing future water supplies to lining up funding [...]

Jan 04, 2019

First Snow Survey of the Year Reveals a Strong Start

2019-01-03T14:05:58+00:00Jan 04, 2019|

The Department of Water Resources (DWR) performed the first snow survey for 2019 today, about 90 miles east of Sacramento at Phillips Station in the Sierra Nevada.  The readings found that while still below the average for this time of year, 2019 is still off to a significantly better start than the year prior. “The [...]

Jan 03, 2019

New Mexico farmers brace for meager water allocations

2019-01-03T10:57:48+00:00Jan 03, 2019|

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The irrigation canals are all but dry as farmers along the Rio Grande set in for winter, holding out hope that El Nino will develop and save them from what could otherwise be another dry start to the next growing season. The irrigation district that serves farmers in southern New Mexico [...]

Dec 19, 2018

More reliable water supplies for California: Building a diverse regional water supply portfolio

2018-12-19T10:14:55+00:00Dec 19, 2018|

While there are many factors impacting the state’s water supplies, the good news is there are many actions that can be taken.  The key is in building a diverse portfolio of water supplies that minimizes potential impacts and increases supply reliability under a variety of operational and hydrologic conditions. California’s modern history is written in [...]

Dec 12, 2018

Colorado River drought plan ‘gaining momentum’ as CAP board signals support

2018-12-12T11:44:54+00:00Dec 12, 2018|

The agency that manages the Central Arizona Project canal signaled its support for the latest outline of a Colorado River drought plan in a vote that could lay the groundwork for a deal aimed at preventing Lake Mead from reaching perilously low levels. Board members of the Central Arizona Water Conservation District passed a motion [...]