Latest Droughts News

New Mexico water provider stops diverting from Rio Grande

Jun. 18, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — One of New Mexico’s largest drinking water providers has stopped pulling from the Rio Grande to help prevent the stretch of the river that runs through Albuquerque from going dry this summer. The curtailment that went into effect Friday came...

EXPLAINER: What's behind the heat wave in the American West?

Jun. 17, 2021 20:44 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Much of the American West has been blasted with sweltering heat this week as a high pressure dome combines with the worst drought in modern history to launch temperatures into the triple digits, toppling records even before the official start of summer. ...

Drought saps California reservoirs as hot, dry summer looms

Jun. 17, 2021 15:11 PM EDT

OROVILLE, Calif. (AP) — Each year Lake Oroville helps water a quarter of the nation’s crops, sustain endangered salmon beneath its massive earthen dam and anchor the tourism economy of a Northern California county that must rebuild seemingly every year after unrelenting wildfires. ...

Heat wave grips US West amid fear of a new, hotter normal

Jun. 16, 2021 21:27 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — An unusually early and long-lasting heat wave brought more triple-digit temperatures Wednesday to a large swath of the U.S. West, raising concerns that such extreme weather could become the new normal amid a decades-long drought. Phoenix, which is seeing...

Idaho's ongoing drought halts some irrigation months early

Jun. 16, 2021 14:26 PM EDT

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Water managers are cutting off irrigation flows to farmers in Idaho’s Wood River basin and wildlife officials are scrambling to move fish to safer waters as a severe drought grips the area. Farmers got 27 days of water this year before the...

Editorial Roundup: U.S.

Jun. 16, 2021 12:25 PM EDT

Excerpts from recent editorials in the United States and abroad: June 15 The Guardian on U.S. President Joe Biden, China and Europe: It is 50 years next month since Henry Kissinger embarked on the secret mission to Beijing that...

California farmers told drought could cut off their water

Jun. 15, 2021 21:30 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Thousands of Central California farmers were warned Tuesday that they could face water cutoffs this summer as the state deals with a drought that already has curtailed federal and state irrigation supplies. The State Water Resources Control...

US West swelters in record-busting heat, risking wildfires

Jun. 15, 2021 20:43 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Dangerous, record-busting heat spread across the U.S. Southwest on Tuesday and into parts of Utah, Montana and Wyoming as a dome of high pressure hovered over a large swath of the region, pushing temperatures into the triple digits this week and intensifying the risk for...

Des Moines water officials call for water use reduction

Jun. 14, 2021 15:29 PM EDT

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — Officials at the public water system for the city of Des Moines on Monday asked customers to begin using water wisely and cut lawn irrigation by 25% as water usage reached new highs and drought conditions slowed the flow of rivers. The...

Aid for Navajo ranchers hit by drought, pandemic on its way

Jun. 13, 2021 14:03 PM EDT

WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo ranchers impacted by the pandemic and ongoing drought may soon qualify for assistance to supplement their livestock with hay and grain. The Navajo Nation Council passed legislation earlier this year to allocate $4 million for hay, grain...