What Snow Droughts Will Mean for Western States

What Snow Droughts Will Mean for Western States

by Julia Fine, ODP Contributing Writer Recent research in Geophysical Research Letters has revealed that “back-to-back bad snow years are likely to become much more frequent in the not-too-distant future,” Alejandra Borunda reported in National Geographic this month. There is now approximately a 7% chance that typically snow-filled regions in the Western US will “get […]

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Beach Battles Loom in CA and FL As Temps Rise, So Does Dust From CA’s Salton Sea

Beach Battles Loom in CA and FL As Temps Rise, So Does Dust From CA’s Salton Sea

Unusually high heat has struck Florida and the Gulf Coast just as cities across the state are struggling to keep their beaches from becoming overcrowded due to the summertime temps, and the Governor weights opening up the state again In California, record heat over the weekend, with temperatures pushing 100 degrees and many lacking proper air conditioning. 

Why This Matters:  The hot summer-like temps in SoCal and Florida are not making it easy for local officials trying to keep people safe during the shelter in place orders.

 

 

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Governors Working Together On Environmental Challenges Is Nothing New

Governors Working Together On Environmental Challenges Is Nothing New

As we reported yesterday, the Governors in several regions of the country have teamed up to fight the coronavirus within their respective areas — but regional agreements between Governors are nothing new in the world of conservation and the environment because pollution, just like a virus, does not respect state boundaries.

Why This Matters:  Governors working together to fight the coronavirus and its impacts through regional cooperation arrangements may prove to be a way that President Trump fixed the government by breaking it.

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We’re Depleting Our Groundwater Faster Than Ever and What This Means

We’re Depleting Our Groundwater Faster Than Ever and What This Means

Water that’s stored in aquifers makes up the majority of accessible freshwater on Earth–it’s literally the lifeline for humans as 70% of groundwater use worldwide is used for agriculture. But, as Science News explained, “surface waters — rivers and streams — rely on groundwater, too. When people pump too much too quickly, natural waterways begin […]

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Bipartisan Agreement On Colorado River Drought Plan

Bipartisan Agreement On Colorado River Drought Plan

A bipartisan group of lawmakers worked quickly yesterday to provide Congressional approval for a drought plan to address the shrinking supply of water from the Colorado River, which provides 40 million people in the West with drinking water, power and irrigation for crops. 

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Six States Back Colorado River Water Sharing Plan, Arizona on the Fence

Six States Back Colorado River Water Sharing Plan, Arizona on the Fence

Tomorrow is the deadline for a deal among the seven states that share water from the Colorado River, and one state, Arizona, is holding out.  The water plan agreed to by the other states back in December, confronts the long-running drought in the region, the resulting dwindling supply of water from the River, and how the states can ensure river water does not get overused.  Arizona was the only state that required the plan be approved by its Legislature, which according to the Associated Press, has made the negotiations on the drought contingency plan more complex. What if Arizona does not meet the deadline?  Then the Department of Interior will allegedly ask the other states for their views on how to divide the limited pool of water, and then the federal government will rule unilaterally.  

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