Water Conservation

Irrigiation Channel

Booming Arizona Must Confront its Water Problem

Even as more people and companies flock to the state for its climate and economic opportunities, Arizona's water supplies are facing historic shortages.

March 22, 2022 - Circle of Blue

Drought

NOAA Expects U.S. Drought To Continue and Spread

Low rainfall and unusually high temperatures are contributing to worsening drought conditions in more than half of the continental United States.

March 21, 2022 - The New York Times

Irrigiation Channel

Arizona Governor Pledges $1 Billion to Water Infrastructure

The billion-dollar investment in the state's water supplies sounds good on paper, but lawmakers must also distribute funding effectively to mitigate the state's urgent water shortage.

January 14, 2022 - azcentral

Utah

Utah Debates Solutions to Water Shortage

With a rapidly growing population and strained water supplies, Utah lawmakers and conservation groups debate how to best replenish the state's water sources.

December 16, 2021 - High Country News

Los Vaqueros Reservoir, Brentwood, California

Bay Area Looks To Expand Reservoir As Drought Deepens

The expansion of the Los Vaqueros Reservoir in Brentwood would increase storage capacity and create a more reliable water supply for Northern California communities.

November 24, 2021 - Mercury News

California Central Valley

Grant Program Will Pay California Farmers To Repurpose Fallow Land

A new state grant program will help California farmers convert idle land to new purposes in an effort to mitigate the environmental and economic effects of drought on the state's Central Valley.

November 15, 2021 - San Francisco Chronicle

View of golf course at The Wynn in Las Vegas, Nevada

New Las Vegas Golf Courses Barred From Using Colorado River Water

A new rule from the Las Vegas Valley Water District prohibits new golf courses in the city from using Colorado River water for irrigation.

November 15, 2021 - Las Vegas Review-Journal

drinking water fountain

In Need of Water to Grow, North Texas Looks to Controversial Reservoir

The Dallas-Fort Worth region is seeking to boost its water supply by building a new reservoir that opponents claim would destroy thousands of farms, homes, and jobs.

November 12, 2021 - KERA News

California State Water project

California Governor Declares Statewide Drought Emergency

The declaration applies to all of California's 58 counties, with agencies and households urged to implement stricter conservation measures as the historic drought deepens.

October 24, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

Water slides at Slide & Splash, Lagoa, Portugal

Do Water Parks Belong in the Desert?

Three planned Phoenix-area developments have drawn criticism for wasteful water use, but how do water parks compare to other municipal uses?

August 2, 2021 - AZ Central

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