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California struggles to conserve water amid historic drought

Sep. 21, 2021 20:25 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Californians failed to significantly cut back their water consumption in July, state officials announced Tuesday, foreshadowing some difficult decisions for Gov. Gavin Newsom's administration as an historic drought lingers into the fall. Newsom...

Henderson launches saturation patrols to reduce water waste

Sep. 15, 2021 11:20 AM EDT

HENDERSON, Nev. (AP) — You can call it a saturation effort: The city of Henderson and Las Vegas Valley Water District say they're joining forces for enforcement patrols to identify water wasters in suburban southern Nevada. On Wednesday and Thursday, Henderson...

New Mexico farmers along Rio Grande face early water cutoff

Aug. 23, 2021 11:37 AM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Hundreds of farmers along central New Mexico's stretch of the Rio Grande face a second straight year of having their irrigation supplies cut off early. The board that oversees the Middle Rio Grande Conservancy District voted Friday to end...

Florida mayor urges water limits because of COVID-19 surge

Aug. 20, 2021 21:57 PM EDT

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — The mayor of the Florida city of Orlando asked residents on Friday to stop watering their lawns and washing their cars immediately, saying water usage needed to be cut back because of the recent surge of COVID-19 hospitalizations. The Orlando...

State imposes water restrictions as drought worsens

Aug. 19, 2021 10:01 AM EDT

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The drought in Minnesota continues to get worse, exposing rocks, riverbeds and islands in the St. Croix and Minnesota river drying up entire channels in the mighty Mississippi. The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources has imposed water...

California drought takes toll on world's top almond producer

Aug. 17, 2021 13:08 PM EDT

FIREBAUGH, Calif. (AP) — As temperatures recently reached triple digits, farmer Joe Del Bosque inspected the almonds in his parched orchard in California’s agriculture-rich San Joaquin Valley, where a deepening drought threatens one of the state's most profitable crops. ...

First water cuts in US West supply to hammer Arizona farmers

Aug. 12, 2021 01:07 AM EDT

CASA GRANDE, Ariz. (AP) — A harvester rumbles through the fields in the early morning light, mowing down rows of corn and chopping up ears, husks and stalks into mulch for feed at a local dairy. The cows won't get their salad next year, at least not from this farm....

Small shrub could change the face of farming in Pinal County

Aug. 08, 2021 11:11 AM EDT

ELOY, Ariz. (AP) — A small, often overlooked shrub could make a big difference in the rubber industry and it could change the face of farming in Pinal County. For several years, tire-maker Bridgestone has been researching the native desert shrub guayule (pronounced...

Cannabis industry in New Mexico faces big challenge of water

Jul. 24, 2021 14:48 PM EDT

MADRID, N.M. (AP) — Where some see desert, Cid and Medina Isbell see opportunity. Standing on a plot on their 30-acre property just north of Madrid, they envision a greenhouse full of cannabis plants where brush, sunflowers and cactuses now grow. ...

Henderson water usage increased by 1B gallons after COVID-19

Jul. 18, 2021 12:23 PM EDT

LAS VEGAS (AP) — A UNLV study shows water usage in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson increased by more than a billion gallons in the months after last year’s implementation of the COVID-19 stay-at-home order. The Las Vegas-Review Journal reports that UNLV researchers...