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On Meeting the Colorado River for the First Time

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Circle of Blue reporter Brett Walton tastes the iconic river. Photo…

Infographic: Hoover Dam's Troubled Waters

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

Lake Mead Drains to Record Low As Western Drought Deepens

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Despite drying conditions, four states plan additional water…

NASA's GRACE Satellites Show Colorado River Basin's Biggest Water Losses Are Groundwater (2005-2013)

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During presentations this week at the annual fall meeting of the American Geophysical Union, researchers at the University of California, Irvine, announced that the region's most visible signs of drought – shrinking reservoirs – are dwarfed by groundwater losses.

Report: Society’s Water Safety Net Is Fraying

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A National Research Council report argues that groundwater use…
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Fallowing Farmland: A New Card in Arizona’s Water Shuffle

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A pilot project will test how much water can be saved by not growing crops.
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Fortune Telling: Colorado River Teeters Toward First-ever Shortage Declaration

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In the short term, water prices would rise and groundwater pumping would increase. In the long term, demand would have to drop.

Western U.S. Water Utilities Take Financial Responsibility for Reducing Watershed Wildfire Risk

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When residents in Santa Fe, New Mexico pay their water bills,…

U.S. Groundwater Losses Between 1900-2008: Enough To Fill Lake Erie Twice

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Groundwater depletion in the United States has accelerated over the last decade, according to the U.S. Geological Survey, contributing to both localized problems and global issues, like sea level rise.

The Stream, January 16: Droughts and Floods Pose Public Health Risks

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Public Health Floods linked to climate change, along with the…

U.S. and Mexico Sign Major Deal on Colorado River Issues: Delta Restoration, Infrastructure, Water Sharing

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The agreement marks a turn in Colorado River management. Senior…

Photo Slideshow: Above the Colorado River

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A bird's eye view of the Colorado River demonstrates how persistent drought conditions affect the basin and how the southern Nevada region manages its share of what trickles down.