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With drought season off to a bad start, scientists forecast another bleak year

April 1, 2013

Drought conditions in more than half of the United States have slipped into a pattern that climatologists say is uncomfortably similar to the most severe droughts in recent U.S. history, including the 1930s Dust Bowl and the widespread 1950s drought.

The 2013 drought season is already off...

New Mexico farmers seek ‘Priority Call’ as drought persists

April 1, 2013

Just after the local water board announced this month that its farmers would get only one-tenth of their normal water allotment this year, Ronnie Walterscheid, 53, stood up and called on his elected representatives to declare a water war on their upstream neighbors. “It’s always been about us...

Water a life-and-death issue for Utah's Snake Valley

March 29, 2013

The Snake Valley doesn’t have a lot of trees. Looking across this expanse bordered by some of Nevada’s highest mountains, it’s not hard to see where the earth gives up its groundwater. Look for trees and willows.

This life-giving stream emerges from the same hidden resource Las Vegas...

Weather woes weigh heavily as USDA takes first look at 2013 crops

March 29, 2013

From May to October last year, north-central Iowa farmer April Hemmes saw a total of 5 inches of rain fall on her 1,000-acre corn and soybean farm.

But although she usually sees 23 inches fall during a growing season, her acres still flourished, each yielding about 168 bushels and selling...

Exxon may owe $1.7M for 2011 Mont. oil spill

March 29, 2013

Transportation Department regulators yesterday proposed that Exxon Mobil Corp. pay $1.7 million in civil penalties for safety violations related to a ruptured pipeline.

The July 2011 rupture resulted in 63,000 gallons of crude oil spilling into Montana's Yellowstone River, polluting 70...

Obama admin unveils climate adaptation plan for natural resources

March 27, 2013

The Obama administration, along with state and tribal partners, today released a national strategy urging land managers and lawmakers to take steps to adapt to the changing climate -- a document heralded by some green groups as the strongest statement yet from the government about the need to...

More than half of U.S. waterways in poor health, EPA reports

March 27, 2013

More than half of U.S. rivers and streams are in poor health, U.S. EPA said in a report released today.

The National Rivers and Streams Assessment is the agency's first comprehensive survey of waterway health, and it features surveys done by more than 85 field crews during the summers of...

Utah ruling advances access to public waters crossing private land

March 27, 2013

A 4th District judge has rejected much of the state’s legal reasoning defending a 2010 law that restricts public access to rivers crossing private land, ruling that the public trust doctrine protects recreational use of public waters.

In other words, the state has a constitutional duty to...

N.M. valley farmers resorting to groundwater

March 27, 2013

Farmers in southern New Mexico’s Hatch Valley are struggling their way through the drought by pumping saline water from shallow aquifers.

The Albuquerque Journal reports that the farming valleys that stretch across southern New Mexico from Elephant Butte Reservoir to the Texas border are...

Colo. senator introduces Thompson Divide bill

March 27, 2013

U.S. Sen. Michael Bennet on Friday introduced the Thompson Divide Withdrawal and Protection Act, offering what the congressman's office termed a “middle-ground solution” to the hotly contested prospect of future gas drilling on the public lands southwest of Carbondale.

The bill would...

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