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How Does Your State Make Electricity?

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The New York Times has a series of graphs that show how each state produced its electricity from 2001 to 2017, by percentage of power produced from each energy source. Why is this important on to a site about water footprints? Because we account for the water footprint of energy in our calculations of your water footprint with our Water Footprint …

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Whether From Public Systems or Home Wells, US Drinking Water Quality Suffers

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Drinking water quality in the United States is not improving. Rather, people are confronted with water that has elevated levels of harmful compounds like lead, nitrates and bacteria among other contaminants. Such drinking water deprivations are especially true for people who live in vulnerable, disadvantaged communities, as highlighted by two recent reports. The first paper was published in the journal, …

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Groundwater Depletion is a Water “Time Bomb” Under Our Feet

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Many shifts are apparent as climate change grips the Earth, from higher average temperatures, to rising sea levels to reduced snowpack, but one water resource-related impact that has been less understood is groundwater. Harnessing new readings and data models, a recent study was published in Nature Climate Change, which found that in many places around the world, hotter weather and …

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Update: The Decline of Western Snowpack is Real

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The federal government runs more than 700 telemetry stations in high-mountain watersheds in 13 Western states. The stations deliver vital data about water supply, which is fed into climate models. Using the data, the models have predicted a decline in Western snowpack and earlier spring melting, which would not only put water supplies at risk but also increase the risk …

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Glaciers Are Retreating. Millions Rely on Their Water

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Henry Fountain and Ben C. Solomon of the New York Times went to Kazakhstan to document the effects of climate change on Tuyuksu glacier.  There are approximately 150,000 glaciers that cover about 200,000 square miles of the earth’s surface. Over the last 40 years, they’ve lost the equivalent of a layer of ice 70 feet thick. Some, in places like the Rocky Mountains …

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2019 Will Be a Big Year for Water

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Here’s another look ahead at 2019 as told by Water Lover Extraordinaire Tara Lohan. As we’ve discussed before, changes to how the country regulates certain waterways will be a big topic of discussion in 2019 (see the note below about the only public hearing taking place on the changes). Colorado River water allocations are being fought over and will likely …

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Waterkeeper: We Can’t Afford to Lose the Clean Water Act

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Waterkeeper reminds us of the bad old days of the early 1970s when waters all around the United States were polluted and harmful to human and ecological health. People got sick because of contaminated water, rivers caught fire and wildlife was devastated. Americans couldn’t tolerate it anymore and pushed Congress to pass the Clean Water Act in 1972. This law …

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The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan Is Necessary But Insufficient For The West’s Water Challenges

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The Colorado River provides water to 40 million people, farms and ecosystems in the West, yet overallocation, ongoing drought and climate change threaten to snip away at the amount of water available. As data shows, the cornerstone of water storage on the river, Lake Mead, dropped one foot in 2018. The states of the Colorado River Compact are embroiled in …

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Droughts in the American West Hinder Fight Against Climate Change.

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As droughts hit the American West over the last several years, people often think about parched crops, lower water levels and even a kindling-dry landscape suitable wildfires. One thing that is often overlooked are the impacts droughts have on hydroelectric power plants and their hindrance on greenhouse gas reductions. A recent Stanford University study finds that 10 percent of the …