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Satellites show major Southwest groundwater loss
The Colorado River basin supplies water to about 40 million people and 4 million acres of farmland in seven states — California, Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Utah and Wyoming — as well as to people and farms in part of Mexico.

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California’s salmon, steelhead get help
The plans target Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon and Central Valley steelhead.
Technology turns manure into clean water
Technology turns manure into clean water
On-farm technology to turn liquid manure into clean water, while separating out valuable nutrients, is expected to be available commercially by year's end.
Calif. extends grant deadline
California agencies have extended the deadline for agricultural operations to apply for water efficiency grants.
Officials: Complacency drives hike in water use
The increase was driven mainly by the heavily populated Southern California coastal communities that increased water use by 8 percent in May and the rural northeastern area of the state where use jumped 5 percent.
California drought threatens to dry up farm wells
The study released by the University of California-Davis Center for Watershed Sciences, used computer modeling, NASA satellite data and estimates provided by state and federal water agencies to examine the impact on California if the next two years...
California seeks to send message to water-wasters
California Water Board Chairwoman Felicia Marcus said the vote is historic not only because the steps are unprecedented in California but because the board is trying to spread the burden of the drought beyond farmers and agencies that are trying to...
Drought persists, Oregon irrigators out of water
Jay Chamberlin of the Owyhee Irrigation District in Nyssa says he’s been telling farmers who still have some of their allotments that they should use the water wisely.
Idaho growers concerned about crop heat stress
Idaho growers concerned about crop heat stress
Extreme heat throughout Idaho to start July has raised concerns from some potato and onion growers.
Environmentalists say they’ll sue over bull trout
A separate case involving bull trout is pending in federal court in Oregon, where environmentalists sued federal officials in April for failing to develop recovery plans for the fish.
Plan to kill cormorants to save salmon debated
Scientists estimate cormorants on East Sand Island ate 18 million protected salmon and steelhead last year and are regularly consuming 10 to 15 percent of the populations swimming through the Columbia River estuary.