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NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
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NRCS plans SNOTEL sites to study mid-elevation snowpack
USDA's Natural Resources Conservation Service plans to build new automated snow survey sites to better understand mid-elevation snowpack, which seems to be disappearing early in recent years.

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Massive Navajo farm faces second week without irrigation

The largest farm on the Navajo Nation has been without water for more than a week after a pipeline break, endangering food crops worth millions of dollars and threatening jobs.

Most of the crops on the land managed by the Navajo Agricultural...

Cost of raising Arrowrock Dam outweighs water supply, flood control benefits, study finds
Cost of raising Arrowrock Dam outweighs water supply, flood control benefits, study finds

BOISE — The benefits of raising Arrowrock Dam — decreased flood risk and increased water supply on the Boise River system — do not equal the costs, Idaho Water Resource Board members were told by federal officials May 18.

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Judge: California delta land deal can move forward

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — A judge says Southern California’s largest water supplier can move ahead with plans to buy sprawling farmland that could be used to help build twin tunnels under the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta.

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Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it
Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it

Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta a challenge for all who depend on it

By Tim Hearden

Capital Press

STOCKTON, Calif. — Michael George often finds himself in the middle of political firestorms.

It’s part of his...

Tribe: EPA helped guide What’s Upstream campaign
Tribe: EPA helped guide What’s Upstream campaign

The Environmental Protection Agency was “intimately involved” in developing the What’s Upstream campaign, according to the Swinomish Indian tribe’s chairman, Brian Cladoosby.

The tribe undertook the campaign...

Idaho curtailment list further trimmed

BOISE — The Idaho Department of Water Resources sent notices of curtailment May 18 affecting 160 junior groundwater rights in response to the Surface Water Coalition’s 2005 delivery call.

The department’s order will be...

California turns water conservation over to local officials

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — California decided Wednesday to allow hundreds of local water districts to set their own conservation goals after a wet winter eased the five-year drought in some parts of the state.

The new approach lifts a...

University to deliver water to livestock owners in New Mexico

BLOOMFIELD, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico State University will deliver water to a northwestern New Mexico community cut off from its water supply.

The Daily Times in Farmington reports that the NMSU Extension office announced Tuesday it will...

EPA water quantity report worries farm groups
EPA water quantity report worries farm groups

Agriculture groups are nervous that a “technical report” released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will be used to justify new federal controls over water usage.

The EPA claims its report — “Protecting...

ISDA mussel program catches tainted boat
ISDA mussel program catches tainted boat

BOISE — Officials with the Idaho State Department of Agriculture said May 17 they detected and impounded an out-of-state boat harboring live invasive mussels.

The boat, which was purchased in Nevada, had been in Lake Mead, which is...

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