Here’s what an emerging megadrought means for the Southwest — AZBigMedia.com #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification — Coyote Gulch

From The Cronkite News via AZBigMedia.com: What sets this emerging megadrought apart from others, such as those recorded in the 1200s and 1500s, is that human activity is increasing the severity. Although past megadroughts had natural causes, the report found this natural phenomenon has been made worse by humans… It’s important to understand the difference […]

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Study Finds Staggering Economic Benefit From Protecting Wetlands — The Revelator — Coyote Gulch

From The Revalator (Kimberly M. S. Cartier): For example, in Florida, the loss of just 3% of wetland coverage resulted in $480 million in property damage during just one hurricane. Mangrove forests, marshes, and seagrass beds protect inland areas from storm surges and strong winds. Over long periods, coastal wetlands like these build up sediment […]

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#ColoradoRiver drought study advances as participants call for fairness between cities, ranches — @WaterEdCO #COriver #aridification — Coyote Gulch

From Water Education Colorado (Jerd Smith): If Colorado decides to join in an historic Colorado River drought protection effort, one that would require setting aside as much as 500,000 acre-feet of water in Lake Powell, can it find a fair way to get the work done? A way that won’t cripple farm economies and one […]

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New Study Projects Severe Water Shortages in the #ColoradoRiver Basin — Inside Climate News #COriver #aridification #snowpack #runoff #ActOnClimate #KeepItInTheGround — Coyote Gulch

From Inside Climate News (Bob Berwyn): The loss of the reflective snowpack drives evaporation and reduces the flow of water, the study found. The 40 million people who rely on Colorado River water need to prepare for a drier future. Global warming is shrinking the Rocky Mountain snowpack that feeds the river and flows are […]

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Trump to Send More of California’s Water to Central Valley Farmers — KTLA

Hoisting the spoils of victories in California’s hard-fought water wars, President Donald Trump is directing more of the state’s precious water to wealthy farmers and other agriculture interests when he visits their Republican Central Valley stronghold Wednesday. Changes by the Trump administration are altering how federal authorities decide who gets water, and how much, in…

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