U.S. Drought

Steeled by past drought, governor is reshaping how largest U.S. state uses and distributes water.

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Better plans and more data are needed to guide response.

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Farmers are guzzling groundwater while wells of families run dry.

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New rules seek sustainable use, but the details will be written later by local agencies.

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Between $US 13 billion and $US 81 billion will be needed to meet state targets, Circle of Blue finds.

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Irrigated agriculture’s march into Midwest and South could increase competition for water.

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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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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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