Disease, Malnutrition, War, Famine — The Cost of Drought

In the media and news industry there is an old adage, “If it bleeds, it leads.” That means the stories that will get the most interest and attention from the public will be headlines about murder, mayhem, war and disaster. Unfortunately, this is true. Alas, when it comes to drought, the headlines will read like…

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We Can Avoid “Death by a Thousand Cuts”

Drought Forces First-Ever Colorado River Water Cutback to Southwest States Move likely to hit farmers hardest, reducing access to region’s economic lifeblood amid protracted drought That’s the headline from an article by Jim Carlton of The Wall Street Journal this week. It comes on the heels of restrictions of water in California (see August 5th…

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It Is Time To Supplement Our Sources of Water

California State Water Resources Control Board Votes To End Water Diversions For Over 5,700 Farmers This headline from the California Globe reveals the downstream (pun intended) effects of drought and poor water management. “The California State Water Resources Control Board unanimously voted 5-0 on Tuesday to stop water diversions for thousands of Californians in the…

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Is Restricting Water Usage the Answer to Drought?

Last week California Governor Gavin Newsom signed an Executive Order asking Californians to reduce water usage by 15% as the state copes with persistent drought. Water restrictions are the standard response to drought conditions.  After all, if you don’t have enough water you have to cut back, right?  This approach is commonplace in nearly every…

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Scientists Describe Megadrought in Southwest U.S.

Megadrought

About the “megadrought” From the Arizona Republic newspaper June 7, 2021: “By mid-June, Lake Mead is set to decline to its lowest levels on record. Hoover Dam will soon hold the smallest amount of water since it was filled in the 1930s triggering the largest water cuts to date next year for Arizona, Nevada and…

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