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Crisis looms without big cuts to over-tapped Colorado River

Aug. 19, 2022 11:04 AM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — Hydroelectric turbines may stop turning. Las Vegas and Phoenix may be forced to restrict water usage or growth. Farmers might cease growing some crops, leaving fields of lettuce and melons to turn to dust. Those are a few of the dire consequences that could...

Western states hit with more cuts to Colorado River water

Aug. 16, 2022 19:45 PM EDT

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — For the second year in a row, Arizona and Nevada will face cuts in the amount of water they can draw from the Colorado River as the West endures more drought, federal officials announced Tuesday. Though the cuts will not result in any immediate new...

Northeastern farmers face new challenges with severe drought

Aug. 15, 2022 00:17 AM EDT

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Vermont farmer Brian Kemp is used to seeing the pastures at Mountain Meadows Farm grow slower in the hot, late summer, but this year the grass is at a standstill. That's “very nerve-wracking” when you're grazing 600 to 700 cattle, said Kemp, who manages...

Top California environment official leaving state government

Aug. 12, 2022 16:46 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Jared Blumenfeld, California's top environmental regulator and a key climate adviser to Gov. Gavin Newsom, will leave the administration at the end of the month, Newsom announced Friday. Newsom, a Democrat, appointed Blumenfeld as secretary of the...

Newsom: California must boost water recycling, desalination

Aug. 11, 2022 20:12 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California should invest tens of billions of dollars in water recycling, storage and desalination over the next two decades to shore up its supply as the state gets drier and hotter, Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a proposal released Thursday. It comes as...

Sewer emergency in Cape Cod resort town closes restaurants

Aug. 11, 2022 13:33 PM EDT

PROVINCETOWN, Mass. (AP) — The popular Cape Cod resort of Provincetown declared a sewer emergency Thursday, ordering restaurants and other food establishments to close immediately along a section of its bustling waterfront. Provincetown officials said in a Facebook post that...

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 22, 2022 07:13 AM EDT

Hartford Courant. July 21, 2022. Editorial: We’re in a drought; everyone in Connecticut needs to conserve water The Metropolitan District says there are no mandatory or voluntary water use restrictions being requested of its customers. That’s good...

Moderate drought in New Hampshire; some water restrictions

Jul. 15, 2022 11:47 AM EDT

MANCHESTER, N.H. (AP) — The New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services and some communities are asking residents to reduce water use as much of the state is in a moderate drought. More than half of Maine and parts of eastern Vermont are also in a moderate drought, and a...

Governor signs $1.2B water plan as Arizona faces cutbacks

Jul. 06, 2022 17:09 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey signed legislation Wednesday that will provide $1.2 billion over three years to boost long-term water supplies for the desert state and implement conservation efforts that will see more immediate effects. The legislation that was hammered out...

Drought emergency declared for northern Italy, frees up aid

Jul. 04, 2022 15:18 PM EDT

ROME (AP) — The Italian government on Monday declared a state of emergency for much of the rain-parched north amid a drought, freeing up 36.5 million euros (about $38 million) in funds for the heavily agricultural regions. The aid was approved at a late evening Cabinet meeting. ...