San Joaquin Valley
GWChange2013-14

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

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Some communities in the Philippines still don’t have access to reliable sources of safe water, despite months of relief efforts following Typhoon Haiyan, AlertNet reported. Aid agencies have been hindered by wet, stormy weather, but even the water trucks and tanks that they have been able to supply are temporary solutions to the water problem. […]

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Water Investment An increase in global water investment to 2.2 percent of the world’s gross domestic product could yield a net $US 1 trillion in economic benefits each year, according to a new study released by the United Nations, AlertNet reported. This level of investment, over 20 years, would give everyone in the world access […]

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Pollution The disposal of wastewater created during the mining of bituminous tar sands is a growing problem for Canada’s oil industry, which must store the water in vast reservoirs, and the industry is planning expansions that could turn Alberta into the largest man-made lake district in the world, Bloomberg News reported. Environmentalists worry that the […]

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Flood protection will cost the United Kingdom at least $1.3 billion (£860 million) by 2015, the Guardian reported, citing the U.K. government’s climate change advisers. The experts also warned that instead of maintaining the expenditure needed, the government has been drastically reducing the amount of public money available for protecting householders from floods. Meanwhile, the […]

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As water levels dropped three meters (10 feet) in India’s Brahmaputra River, fears surfaced that China was diverting water near the river’s origin in Tibet, Agence France-Presse reported. The cause of the water shortage remains unknown. Africa’s Lake Chad is shrinking—it is now one tenth the size it was in the 1960s—but local residents have […]

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More Africans have access to mobile phones than to clean drinking water, according to a recent Nielsen survey. Why isn’t basic infrastructure keeping up with South Africa’s technological revolution, and are other African countries following in these footsteps? Asia The president of a major Chinese company warned that Myanmar’s decision last week to halt construction […]

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Representative Jim Costa and the California Drought

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It has been a wet year. Very wet. But remember the drought? California has just come out of a bad three-year drought. 2007, 2008, and 2009 were dry or “critically dry” according to official drought categories for most of the state. Past droughts have been both more severe (1977-1978) and longer in duration (1987-1992) than […]

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La Nina Winter Soaks

Western states confront potential for floods and wildfires.

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The New York Times compares the water markets and policies of Australia’s Murray-Darling Basin and California’s San Joaquin Valley. Will California’s farmers follow in the footsteps of their Australian counterparts, who made far-reaching changes to their water practices in response to a dire 12-year drought? Agriculture, Industry In a sobering article, the Guardian‘s John Vidal […]

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The United States has — for the most part — an excellent tap water system. Much of the rest of the world wishes they had a system as good. But our tap water system is not as good as it should (or could) be

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Anyone who pays attention to water in California knows that the state is just getting over (we hope) a serious three-year drought.

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Farmers do without water because of oil industry uses.

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A NASA report summarizing data collected from new satellites confirms what most water observers have known for a long time. Massive amounts of groundwater are being sucked out of California’s Central Valley groundwater aquifers — unreported, unmonitored, and unregulated.

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Thus concludes a new comprehensive assessment of the impacts of the drought on Central Valley unemployment.

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In a 800-page report federal officials issued a dire prediction for California’s salmon — they’re just about out of water.

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Circle of Blue covered the Pacific Institute’s newest report on water agricultural conservation last week.

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Discharging selenium into watersheds remains a major problem in the American West

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