In a First, U.S. Declares Water Shortage on Colorado River

Arizona farmers will take the initial brunt, but wider reductions loom as climate change continues to affect flows into the river.

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It’s Some of America’s Richest Farmland. But What Is It Without Water?

A California farmer decides it makes better business sense to sell his water than to grow rice. An almond farmer considers uprooting his trees to put up solar panels. Drought is transforming the state, with broad consequences for the food supply.

#agriculture-and-farming, #aquifers, #central-valley-calif, #drought, #food, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #nuts, #reservoirs, #rice, #sacramento-river-calif, #sacramento-valley-calif, #san-joaquin-valley-calif, #water

Wildfires Threaten Urban Water Supplies, Long After the Flames Are Out

After a forest burns, the resulting erosion can contaminate drinking water supplies for up to a decade.

#colorado, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #wildfires

The Western Drought Is Bad. Here’s What You Should Know About It.

Answers to questions about the current situation in California and the Western half of the United States.

#agriculture-and-farming, #california, #drought, #global-warming, #reservoirs, #water, #weather

Taiwan Drought: Residents Pray for Rain and Scramble to Save Water

Some of the island’s lakes and reservoirs have nearly run dry. And water restrictions have forced many residents to modify how they shower, wash dishes and flush.

#bathrooms-and-toilets, #drought, #rain, #reservoirs, #shortages, #sun-moon-lake-taiwan, #taichung, #taiwan, #typhoons, #water, #weather

Lockdowns Cut South Asia Smog. They Could Fill Reservoirs, Too.

Coronavirus restrictions reduced pollution that makes snow melt faster, which could help water supplies for 300 million last longer this year.

#air-pollution, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #proceedings-of-the-national-academy-of-sciences, #reservoirs, #snow-and-snowstorms, #south-asia

Florida Plans to Close Wastewater Reservoir Where Leak Forced Evacuations

A potential deluge of millions of gallons of water from a former phosphate mine had threatened homes south of Tampa.

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Taiwan’s Drought Pits Chip Makers Against Farmers

The island is going to great lengths to keep water flowing to its all-important semiconductor industry, including shutting off irrigation to legions of rice growers.

#agriculture-and-farming, #computer-chips, #factories-and-manufacturing, #international-trade-and-world-market, #irrigation, #reservoirs, #rice, #shortages, #taiwan, #taiwan-semiconductor-manufacturing-company-ltd, #water, #weather

Florida Residents Threatened by Reservoir Leak Are Allowed to Return Home

A Manatee County official said that additional pumps and the rerouting of water from an uncontrolled breach had “successfully mitigated” the risk of collapse.

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‘Wall of Water’ if Piney Point Reservoir in Florida Breaches, Officials Warn

The authorities on Sunday said they were making progress in draining a leaking wastewater pond south of Tampa but urged residents to heed evacuation warnings.

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‘Imminent’ Collapse of Wastewater Reservoir in Florida Forces Evacuations

A potential deluge of nearly 400 million gallons of water from a former phosphate mine threatened homes south of Tampa on Saturday, officials warned.

#disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #floods, #manatee-county-fla, #phosphate, #phosphogypsum, #piney-point, #reservoirs, #waste-materials-and-disposal, #water-pollution

Dam Overflows in Hawaii, Forcing Evacuation

An evacuation order affected people near the Kaupakalua Reservoir and Dam in the Haiku area of Maui. At least half a dozen homes were damaged or destroyed, officials said.

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How to Unite a Deeply Divided Kosovo? Name a Lake After Trump

A lighthearted suggestion by a U.S. envoy hoping to bridge a vast rift between Albanians and Serbs in Kosovo has taken on a life of its own — only to be ridiculed by local residents on both sides.

#balkan-states, #grenell-richard, #kosovo, #names-geographical, #peace-process, #reservoirs, #secession-and-independence-movements, #serbia, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-international-relations

In Parched Southwest, Warm Spring Renews Threat of ‘Megadrought’

Rapid melting this year showed that good snowpack doesn’t necessarily translate into full reservoirs.

#colorado-river, #drought, #environment, #global-warming, #loveland-pass-colo, #reservoirs, #rio-grande-river, #snow-and-snowstorms, #southwestern-states-us, #united-states-geological-survey

An Ancient Valley Lost to ‘Progress’

In his push for economic development, Turkey’s president has flooded the archaeological gem of Hasankeyf and displaced thousands of families.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #environment, #erdogan-recep-tayyip, #hasankeyf-turkey, #hydroelectric-power, #kurds, #levees-and-dams, #politics-and-government, #reservoirs, #rivers, #water