Trends in U.S. irrigated agriculture: Increasing resilience under water supply scarcity

WHAT IS THE ISSUE? Growing urban populations and economic development intensify competition for the nation’s water resources. With surface water supplies largely allocated in most river basins of the Western United States and some river basins in the Eastern United States, emerging water demands from non-agricultural sectors must be met in many cases through a […]

State urges action as water quality issues continue on Reed Road

By Christopher Shea editor@dartmouthweek.net Despite a change in Dartmouth’s treatment system last year, the water main on Reed Road is still experiencing water quality issues — and the State Department of Environmental Protection is getting involved to bring the water supply up to standard. The Water Department reported on Dec. 21 that it found high levels […]

OC’s Drinking Water Has More Chemicals in It Than You Think

“Forever chemicals” — PFOA and PFOS — are linked to increased risks of cancer and weakened immune systems. Toxic chemicals in many household items are present in Orange County groundwater sources, potentially exposing residents to pollutants that can cause cancer or reduce immune systems. According to the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry, exposure to […]

Newsom calls for more aggressive water conservation amid third year of drought

On the heels of the driest ever start to the year in California, Gov. Gavin Newsom on Monday issued a sweeping executive order calling on local water suppliers to implement more aggressive conservation measures as reservoirs dwindle and residents backslide in their efforts to cut back. Specifically, the order requires that urban water suppliers activate “Level 2″ […]

Millions Of Californians Ordered To Cut Drinking Water Use

By Peter Chawaga Following a series of regulatory changes designed to curb growing water scarcity, millions of consumers in California are now facing some of the strictest drinking water limits ever. “Southern California’s gigantic water supplier has taken the unprecedented step of requiring about 6 million people to cut their outdoor watering to one day a […]

Investing in Arizona’s Water will Improve Outlook for People and Birds

Audubon’s priorities for the 2022 Arizona Legislative Session. In Arizona, as throughout much of the West, the situation is serious. And while recent storms bring welcome moisture for thirsty western landscapes, one wet winter will not reverse 20 years of drought. We hope for rain and snow to replenish our reservoirs, rivers, groundwater, and habitat. […]