Deadline passes without deal to save Colorado River. What now?

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Trillions of gallons of water must be saved from the drying Colorado River to avoid the worst-case scenario brought on by drought, climate change and overuse, federal officials announced earlier this summer, setting a deadline for Aug. 15th. Past that deadline, the US Bureau of Reclamation officials threatened to take control … Read more

Big lessons about biodiversity loss from a little French river

The Po, one of Italy’s key rivers, is running at historic lows because of an extreme European drought. Credit: © DELBO ANDREA, Shutterstock Even while drought is bringing many of Europe’s rivers to record lows and damaging biodiversity, the threat of catastrophic flooding following a dry spell lurks in the background. Some of Europe’s most … Read more

Tensions grow over lack of a water deal for the shrinking Colorado River

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Two months ago, federal officials took the first step of telling the seven states that depend on Colorado River water to prepare for emergency cuts next year to prevent reservoirs from dropping to dangerously low levels. The states and managers of affected water agencies were told to come up with plans … Read more

How year-round crops could reduce farm pollution in the Mississippi River

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain Don Wyse’s field of winter barley used to be mostly empty in the spring. Eight years ago, just a tenth of the grain would survive the winter in this experimental field at St. Paul. But this year, after repeatedly refining the plant’s genetics, the field was flush with swaying, pale yellow … Read more

Deadly California wildfire wipes out scenic river town

Timber walks past the remains of a lodge that killed in the McKinney Fire, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022, in Klamath National Forest, Calif. The property owner, whose adjacent home survived the blaze, was surveying damage. Credit: AP Photo/Noah Berger Roger Derry, 80, and his son have lived together in the tiny scenic hamlet of Klamath … Read more

How Minnesota’s little, polluted Crow River clouds the Mississippi

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain Carrie Jennings flits around the South Fork Crow River like a water bug in the old one-seat canoe she bought years ago for $100, then pauses midstream to peer down at the brown water. “This is crazy cloudy,” she mutters. She has come to check out this upper reach of the … Read more

As Colorado River reservoirs drop, Western states urged to ‘act now’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain With the Colorado River’s depleted reservoirs continuing to drop to new lows, the federal government has taken the absolute step of telling the seven Western states that rely on the river to find ways of drastically cutting the amount of water they take in the next two months. The Interior Department … Read more

Major water cutbacks loom as shrinking Colorado River nears ‘moment of reckoning’

Credit: Pixabay/CC0 Public Domain As the West endures another year of unrelenting droughts necessary by climate change, the Colorado River’s reservoirs have declined so low that major water cuts will be next year to reduce risks of supplies reaching perilously low levels, a top federal official water said Tuesday. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Camille Calimlim … Read more

The EPA is dunking giant ‘pool skimmers’ in Philly river to suck out trash—and find plastic waste

Credit: Unsplash/CC0 Public Domain A black canister with yellow filter inside—resembling a cross between a trash can and big pool skimmer—was dunked in the Schuylkill River at Bartram’s Garden park in Philadelphia and emptied daily from May to June to see what it would catch. But the device, known as a Seabin, wasn’t looking for … Read more