The Water Education Foundation’s latest Western Water (Nov./Dec. 2013) is on the topic of “An Era of New Partnerships on the Colorado River.” Included below are excerpts from the issue, written by Sue McClurg:
Drought has been the ongoing story in the Colorado River Basin since 2000.
The Water Education Foundation’s November/December 2013 issue of Western Water examines how the various stakeholders have begun working together to meet the planning challenges for the Colorado River Basin, including agreements with Mexico, increased use of conservation and water marketing, and the goal of accomplishing binational environmental restoration and water-sharing programs.
Much of the content for this issue of Western Water came from the in-depth panel discussions at the Symposium, “An Era of New Partnerships on the Colorado River.” The Foundation will publish the full proceeding
The Water Education Foundation’s November/December 2013 issue of Western Water is titled “An Era of New Partnerships on the Colorado River.”
Balancing water supply and demand has never been a simple equation when it comes to the Colorado River. Serving as the “lifeline of the Southwest,” the river provides water to 35 million people and more than 4 million acres of farmland in a region encompassing some 246,000 square miles.
Supplying water, generating hydroelectric power and protecting endangered species have all shaped development and management of the river.
From the Los Angeles Times, in a commentary by Paul VanDevelder:
“As all eyes in the West look to the courts, the skies and the Colorado River for relief from 14 years of drought, it might be useful to remember the battles waged by two titans of the 20th century who played leading roles in the drama that led to the current mess. …
“The Colorado River has always been a special case.
Registration for the Water Education Foundation’s February 26-28 Lower Colorado River Tour is still open. Don’t miss out on this great opportunity to delve into the key issues and see the physical area firsthand.
Travel along the Colorado River from Hoover Dam to the Salton Sea and through the Coachella Valley and Indian Tribal Lands.
“She wasn’t there to hear it, but outgoing Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy got a warm send-off Friday from Interior Secretary Sally Jewell at the annual meeting of the Colorado River Water Users Association at Caesars Palace.
“Water samples collected at Colorado sites where hydraulic fracturing was used to extract natural gas show the presence of chemicals that have been linked to infertility, birth defects and cancer, scientists reported Monday.
“The study, published in the journal Endocrinology, also found elevated levels of the hormone-disrupting chemicals in the Colorado River, where wastewater released during accidental spills at nearby wells could wind up.”
“Is this a dragon snaking over the slopes of the Lonely Mountain, as in ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’? Actually, you’re looking at the Colorado River snaking through Canyonlands National Park in Utah. It’s just the orientation of the picture from DigitalGlobe’s GeoEye 1 satellite that makes you think the river’s gray surface is rising up from the rock.”
From the National Geographic Water Currents blog, in a post by Sandra Postel:
“Once written off as dying of thirst and beyond revival, the delta of the Colorado River will soon get a rejuvenating flood that for scientists offers a unique opportunity: the chance to study how plants, trees, birds, fisheries, and the vast delta ecosystem as a whole respond to an experimental pulse of river water.
“This flood, which will occur in the spring of 2014, is made possible by Minute 319, the add-on to the 1944 treaty between the United States and Mexico that divides the Colorado River bet
“Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell will travel to Nevada on Thursday, kicking off a two-day swing to underscore the Department’s commitment to collaborative, landscape-level solutions to conservation and water issues.
“On Thursday, December 12, the Secretary will deliver keynote remarks at the Western Governors’ Association (WGA) Winter Meeting, highlighting her recent Secretarial Order establishing a Department-wide mitigation strategy to encourage balanced development and landscape-level planning on federal public lands.
“The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California approved an agreement with the Imperial Irrigation District Tuesday that would allow both agencies to share equally in the costs of upgrading earthquake-damaged water infrastructure in Mexico, in return for an equal share of conserved water that should result.”