Water Supply

Lake TRavis is shown well below capacity, with the city of Austin in the background.

Declining Water Levels Trigger ‘Stage 1’ Drought Response in Austin

The effects of the megadrought in the American Southwest are reaching into Texas.

June 8, 2022 - KUT

A barren landscape surrounds a reservoir well below its capacity.

Drought Renews Momentum for $4 Billion Reservoir Project in California

Bipartisan political support, billions in state and federal funding, and an unrelenting drought are creating momentum for the Sites Reservoir project in California's northern Central Valley.

June 2, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

An energy production facility rises above a wetlands along the Pacific Ocean.

Controversy Follows California's Massive Desalination Plant Proposal

Poseidon Water, a massive desalination project proposed for the Pacific coast in Huntington Beach, has been in the works for more than two decades. A critical vote is expected for the project next month.

April 25, 2022 - Los Angeles Times

View of Cedar City, Utah

Utah Valleys Square Off in an Old-Fashioned Water War

The Central Iron County Water Conservancy District wants new sources of water so communities in the Cedar Valley in Utah can continue to grow. It's a story as old as the American West.

April 5, 2022 - The Guardian

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

Maumee River

Great Lakes To Receive $1 Billion from Infrastructure Bill For Restoration

An additional $1 billion in federal funding will bolster current efforts to clean polluted water sources and restore ecosystems in the Great Lakes region.

February 24, 2022 - Wyoming News Now

U.S. Capital

The Lesser-Known Programs in the Infrastructure Bill

While the focus has been on flashier components of the infrastructure bill, some smaller initiatives could have outsized impacts by shifting priorities and funding resilience efforts.

January 23, 2022 - Governing

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

Walkable Street

Ten Urban Success Stories From 2021

Still battling a global pandemic and its widespread economic and social effects, cities nevertheless made progress in some unexpected ways.

December 31, 2021 - Bloomberg CityLab

Water SUpply

States Agree to Drastic Water Cuts From Colorado River

In the throes of a historic megadrought, three Southwestern states will make deep reductions in their water usage to preserve diminishing resources.

December 28, 2021 - Los Angeles Times

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