Scientists discover new ‘human fingerprint’ on global drought…

CarbonBrief— Human-caused climate change has “intensified” patterns of extreme rainfall and drought across the globe, a new study finds. There is a detectable “human fingerprint” on decreasing rainfall over the US, central Asia and southern Africa, according to the results. It is also detectable on increasing rainfall in the Sahel region of Africa, India and the Caribbean. In Read More…

Science Wins the Day in Clean Water Act Groundwater Battle: Continued…

American Fisheries Society — It has never been more clear that science must play a key role in policy decisions impacting public health. Yet, the federal law charged with safeguarding our nation’s water, the Clean Water Act (Act), is under siege from all sides, with science in the crosshairs. In April 2020, the Trump administration unveiled the “Navigable Waters Protection Rule” Read More…

As Drought Grips Oregon, A Water Warning In Bend

Oregon Public Broadcasting — Drought is gripping Oregon’s dry side this summer. Last week, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown declared an emergency in seven counties. By Monday, the city of Bend alerted its residents to conserve water. Bend’s warning does not include any new mandatory restrictions, instead asking residents to be responsible and follow specific, existing rules, like not Read More…

Klamath drought relief passes U.S. Senate

Western Farm Press — The U.S. Senate has approved a bill that lawmakers say will provide needed relief to Klamath Basin irrigators facing water cutbacks this summer because of drought. Oregon’s Democratic Sens. Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced July 1 they helped fix language in the 2018 Water Resources Development Act, adding more flexibility in how drought relief funds may be Read More…

Much of Siskiyou experiencing “extreme drought”

The Siskiyou Daily News — A large swath of central Siskiyou County is now classified as being in “extreme drought,” the United States Drought Monitor reported this week. The rest of Siskiyou is experiencing moderate to severe drought. More than 58% of California is in some state of drought, a number in stark contrast to last year’s numbers, when 4.32% t of the state was classified Read More…

Temperance Flat Dam Put on the Shelf Indefinitely

GV Wire — An investment analysis that looked at how much it would cost water users to build and operate the proposed Temperance Flat Dam northeast of Fresno without government funding was finished earlier this year and quietly passed among water districts, which just as quietly asked the federal government to shelve work on the project. A small group, made up of agricultural water Read More…

$71 million would be allocated for Friant-Kern Canal

The Porterville Recorder — The Department of Interior has requested $71 million be spent on improvements for the Friant-Kern Canal for the 2021 fiscal year. The funding for the Friant-Kern Canal accounts for most of the $108.7 of funding for water storage projects in California the Department of Interior is requesting. Congress will now consider approving the funding in the 2021 fiscal year Read More…

As potential mega-drought looms, Stanford researchers explore…

ABC 7 News — Researchers at Stanford are working on a technology that may be needed more than ever over the next decade, especially if new predictions are accurate. Researchers have recently warned of a potential mega-drought in the western United States - Conditions so dry that our drinking water supplies could be facing historic pressures. Experts say keeping the taps flowing could Read More…

California still benefits from wet 2018-19

Western FarmPress — Reservoirs still relatively flush from the wet winter of 2018-19 have so far saved California from having to formally declare another drought, a veteran National Weather Service forecaster says. After a promising start to the winter last December, a lack of rain and snow in early 2020 has left the Sierra Nevada with about two-thirds of normal precipitation in the Read More…

Spikes in Power Costs and Pollution Linked to California’s Worst…

Nature World News — A recent study conducted by a team of researchers analyzed the impact of a 2012-2016 California drought on the power sector. History shows that this calamity that occurred from 2012-2016 was considered as the worst drought that hit the state. For communities that depend on water for electricity and power generation, a drought means higher electricity costs and Read More…