U.S. Drought
Colorado River 8

Groundwater losses during historic drought equal one and a half times the volume of a full Lake Mead.

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Record reductions in river flows will be offset by pumping more water from aquifers.

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Completed in 1935, Hoover Dam supplies electricity to 29 million people in Arizona, California and Nevada.

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Along the 1,800-mile river basin,locals wrestle with water demands.

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Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water projects.

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Agriculture may do better this year than expected, researchers say. But at a long-term cost.

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Rainfall deficit is worse than the 1930s Dust Bowl.

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ExtremeRain

The Southwest is drying out, while the Northeast is becoming wetter.

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The biggest declines are in the San Joaquin Valley and in metropolitan Southern California.

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Unprepared for more years of drought, basin states work to preserve Lake Powell.

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Abe Sanchez, a mechanic at the C.W. Jones Pumping Plant, looks for the source of a small water leak in one of the facility's massive electrical pumps.

A landmark management plan brings together state and federal agencies to prioritize human health, water quality, and fish.

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Sierra Nevada snowpack, a major part of California’s water supply equation, is near record lows.

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State leaders face infrastructure decisions now that will have consequences for decades.

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The National Integrated Drought Information System puts federal data in the hands of farmers, state officials, and businesses.

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Benefits go to agriculture, but won’t help cities.

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Gov. Jerry Brown introduced a $US 687 million emergency spending bill Wednesday as his office works on comprehensive groundwater reform.

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California’s record drought prompts water districts to increase conservation spending, drain rainy day funds, and dramatically swell water rates.

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An overview map of the Central Valley project at the C.W. Jones Pumping Plant, a federal facility which supplies water to the project's network of irrigation canals and reservoirs.

President Obama urges cooperation. But Republican opposition and a maze of state plans are causing a frantic confusion, while vulnerable farmers see immediate and long-term pain.

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A dry irrigation ditch on the edge of the historic Tulare Lake Basin in California's Central Valley. Photo by Matt Black

The president announces $US 1.2 billion for those affected by severe weather now and proposes $US 1 billion more for adaptation and research.

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After a dry 2013, reservoirs are near record lows for the start of a calendar year, setting the table for widespread water restrictions, reduced agricultural and energy production, and political bickering in 2014.

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