Posts

Water Scarcity Could Deter Energy Developers From Crossing Border Into Northern Mexico

/
Proposed oil and gas development zones in Coahuila are among the driest in the Americas.

Map: Not All Phosphorus Is the Same

/
A breakdown of the different types of phosphorous in Ohio's Maumee and Sandusky rivers that have led to algal blooms in Lake Erie since the 1970s.

Map: Kansas and Texas Fresh Groundwater Use (1985-2005)

/
Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how water use has changed over the last two decades, as well as how these trends relate to fluctuation of groundwater tables within the Ogallala Aquifer since the 1940s.

Map: California’s Water Use Per County (1985-2005)

/
Click through the interactive Google Fusion Tables infographic to see how California’s water use has changed over the last two decades and how these trends relate to population demographics and water contamination.
John Burchard, General Manager of the Alpaugh Community Services District, walks a ditch bank on the outskirts of town. The small farmworker community in California's Central Valley suffers from high levels of arsenic and other contaminates in its drinking water.

New Era of Much Drier Conditions Forecast For California

/
Federal and state agencies, communities and businesses not positioned well enough to respond, says new Circle of Blue report.
Juan Diego Hernandez, 9, bathes at his family's home in Alpaugh. The small farmworker community in California's Central Valley suffers from high levels of arsenic and other contaminates in its water.

Video: Water Crisis in California's Central Valley from Photographer Matt Black

/
Water Crisis in California's Central Valley from Photographer Matt Black
A male Chinook Salmon is measured and tagged after being caught in a "Fyke Net," in the San Joaquin River. The fish will be transported upstream by truck, bypassing obstacles, on its way to the historic Salmon spawning grounds near Fresno in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

The Law and The Fish

In the competition for water, fish are on the frontlines.
A worker inspects a valve in the Pleasant Valley Pumping Plant, a facility that supplies irrgation water to the Central Valley's vast Westlands Water District.

Getting Off the Pipe

/
In Metro L.A., Searching for Local Water.
Seaguls from the coast fly far inland and into the dry landscape of California's Central Valley.

Big Water Supply Project Creates Unease in Delta

Farms, Wildlife Preserves in the Tunnels’ Path.
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.

Photo Slideshow: California's Lingering Drought and Pollution Defy Solutions

/
Less snowmelt from Sierra Nevada leads to more pumping of Central Valley’s contaminated groundwater.

Pacific Institute Report: Setbacks and Solutions of Water-Energy Clash in U.S. Intermountain West

/
At the forefront of a national trend, this region is already suffering from intense conflicts that willy only worsen with climate change and population growth. However, the report also highlights several ways to dramatically reduce the water requirements for electricity generation.
train

Coal Conversion in the Rust Belt: Will It Be a Diamond for Small Ohio River Town?

/
An energy company has plans to withdraw water from the Ohio River, the potential site for a coal-to-liquid fuels conversion plant, which would be the first of its kind in the United States and the sixth in the world. Though it will bring jobs to the region, the proposal is facing strong opposition from environmental groups.