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In wealthy LA enclave, harsher penalties for wasting water

Jan. 19, 2022 00:31 AM EST

In a wealthy enclave along the Santa Monica Mountains that is a haven for celebrities, residents are now facing more aggressive consequences for wasting water. The Las Virgenes Municipal Water District northwest of Los Angeles hopes to spur water savings by making it easier to fine...

Scientists see silver lining in fed's efforts at Lake Powell

Jan. 15, 2022 08:02 AM EST

ST. GEORGE, Utah (AP) — The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced last week that it plans to adjust management protocols for the Colorado River in early 2022 to reduce monthly releases from Lake Powell in an effort to keep the reservoir from dropping farther below 2021′s historic lows. ...

Deadly extreme weather year for US as carbon emissions soar

Jan. 10, 2022 13:09 PM EST

The United States staggered through a steady onslaught of deadly billion-dollar weather and climate disasters in an extra hot 2021, while the nation’s greenhouse gas emissions last year jumped 6% because of surges in coal and long-haul trucking, putting America further behind its 2030 climate...

Drought-stricken Oregon farmers embark on water bank pilot

Jan. 08, 2022 11:05 AM EST

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Getting water to Central Oregon farmers who need it most takes time and investment, mainly in the form of new pipelines that are replacing leaky canals. But irrigation districts are also coming up with innovative ways to share water around the Deschutes Basin. The...

Phoenix among those voluntarily losing Colorado River water

Jan. 07, 2022 19:22 PM EST

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — The city of Phoenix this week outlined how it will voluntarily contribute water to a regional plan to shore up the country's largest reservoir that delivers Colorado River water to three states and Mexico. The river cannot provide seven Western states the...

Complaints made over utility management of Hebgen Lake, dam

Jan. 06, 2022 17:43 PM EST

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — Summer drought followed by a Hebgen Dam component failure in late November led to complaints about how the dam’s owner managed summer water levels in Hebgen Lake and why it failed to notice a sudden reduction in water released into the Madison River this fall, potentially...

California adopts water restrictions as drought drags on

Jan. 04, 2022 20:12 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — For the second time in a decade, Californians will face mandatory restrictions governing their outdoor water use as the state endures another drought and voluntary conservation efforts have fallen short. The rules adopted Tuesday by the State Water...

State climatologist: Texas had hottest December since 1889

Jan. 04, 2022 15:31 PM EST

COLLEGE STATION, Texas (AP) — Last month was the hottest December in Texas since at least 1889, state Climatologist John Nielsen-Gammon said. Gammon found that temperatures from Dallas through Abilene to Del Rio averaged 5 to 9 degrees above normal, according to a Texas A&M...

Water content of California snowpack far above normal levels

Dec. 30, 2021 17:09 PM EST

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California's mountain snow holds 160% of the water it normally does this time of year, state water officials announced Thursday, marking a strong start to the drought-stricken state's traditionally wet winter season. Still, it's too early to determine...

Montana comes off 4th driest year on record amid drought

Dec. 24, 2021 10:13 AM EST

GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — There’s an old weather adage that’s been passed over cups of coffee and glasses of beer for nearly a century: “It’s not a drought ’til it breaks your heart.” Today, the hearts of thousands of Montanans have broken across the bare back of one of...