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Colorado River Water Level Down; Shortages Up

August 19, 2021

Colorado River water levels are down enough to prompt river basin managers to declare a shortage and California to issue water supply alerts. Colorado River Water Levels Are Down – Way Down Colorado River water levels are at record lows, dropping Lake Mead to its lowest level since 1937, when the reservoir was first filling […]

Lawn Watering in Excess in Denver Provides More Water Than Rain

August 18, 2021

Lawn watering in excess may contribute to flow in urban streams when more water is applied than plants can use or when sidewalks or driveways receive water from mis-aimed sprinklers. Lawn Watering in Excess has Unintended Consequences Lawn watering in excess of what plants need or misdirecting sprinklers to spray onto sidewalks or driveways may […]

Extreme Weather Events Linked to Intensified Water Cycle

August 11, 2021

Extreme weather events are becoming more prevalent. An intensified water cycle explains why. Drought and deluge – they are two sides of the same weather coin. A new report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) now links extreme weather events – which include both droughts and major floods – to increasing carbon emissions. […]

Power and Water Collide at Lake Oroville

August 9, 2021

Power and water are at odds in California as the extreme, multi-year drought has impacted hydropower production at Lake Oroville. Power and water are in an epic battle in hydropower-reliant California. The multi-year “mega-drought” has reduced water levels to historic lows in Lake Oroville, the site of the tallest dam in the United States. State […]

Water Scarcity and Drought in the Western US: The Real Story

June 18, 2021

Water scarcity is something people in the western US have to live with. Are its causes natural or human made? The answer is complicated. Water scarcity is now a common state of affairs in the Western US, but how much of it is caused by drought and how much by water overuse? Water advisor Brian […]

The Iran Water Crisis is Multifaceted

June 16, 2021

The Iran water crisis has its roots in water use and conflict and is made worse by a lack of technology and US politics. The crisis could drive conflict or cooperation. The Iran water crisis is deepening. The country is experiencing one of its driest periods in 50 years. More than half the population lives […]

Sonoma Wine Country Prepares for Drought

May 26, 2021

Sonoma wine country is preparing itself for a drought that has caused the area to look like it’s July instead of May. Sonoma wine country is dealing with another potential economic blow. Last year, fires hit Sonoma and Napa Counties, and the entire state had to deal with pandemic-related closures. This year, the area is […]

As Western US Drought Deepens, Agriculture Must Adapt…Again

May 24, 2021

Drought covers almost the entire Western US, which means the biggest water user — agriculture — must adapt to water shortages. Drought now extends across 96 percent of the American West, with more than 50 percent either in “exceptional” or “extreme” drought. With the coming summer and dry months ahead, prospects don’t look promising for […]

Data Center Water Usage: Tackling Challenges Amid Historic Droughts, Wildfires

May 5, 2021

Data center water usage in the United States is growing, even as the country struggles with growing water shortages. Data center water usage is growing year over year. The water use is primarily dedicated to dissipating heat produced by server farms that house data centers. According to one industry analyst, a 15-megawatt data center can […]