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California Issues Mandatory Water Reductions as Drought Deepens

On April 1, following the lowest snowpack ever recorded in California and with no end to the drought in sight, Gov. Edmund Brown announced the first-ever statewide mandatory water reductions. According to National Aeronautics and Space Administration satellites, as reported in the Los Angeles Times, California has just one year of water supply in its […]

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USGS Releases New Groundwater Toolbox

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) recently completed and made available online its national summary report on the quality of the U.S. groundwater — an assessment of 6,600 wells. Groundwater provides drinking water for about 115 million people, or more than a third of the nation. Yet 22% of groundwater samples contained at least one contaminant […]

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India Plans to Harvest Rainwater for Irrigation Expansion

As India looks to expand irrigation of farmland, the country plans to spend US$1 billion (62.4 billion rupees) by 2017 improving the water quality of some 10,000 canals, lakes, and rivers, according to the news source Bloomberg. Currently, about 15% of India’s 524,000 waterbodies designated for irrigation are not operational. Further, to take advantage of […]

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California To Manage Groundwater and Ban Single-Use Plastic Bags

On Sept. 16, Governor Edmund G. Brown Jr. signed historic legislation to strengthen local management and monitoring of groundwater basins most critical to California’s water needs. The law puts California communities on a path to become more resilient to water shortages. The three bills signed by the governor create a framework for sustainable, local groundwater […]

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Groundwater Largest Source of Water Lost in Colorado River Basin

… Scientists found that more than 75% of water loss in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin since late 2004 came from underground resources. A study by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and University of California, Irvine revealed that the extent of groundwater loss may pose a greater threat to the water supply of […]

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California Water Shortage Buffered by Groundwater

In January, California Governor Edmund Brown called for a 20% reduction in water use in response to one of the worst state droughts on record. However, data shows that water use has actually increased, and there has been a shift toward greater groundwater use. In May, water use increased 1% compared to the same month […]

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EPA Releases Groundwater Remediation Guidance

On May 21, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a guidance document evaluating approaches for restoring or containing contaminated groundwater at Superfund sites. The report, “Groundwater Remedy Completion of Strategy: Moving Forward with the End in Mind,” is part of a suite of EPA guidance on groundwater cleanups. According to the EPA report, “Groundwater […]

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National Forest Service Makes Changes to Protect Water Resources

On May 2, the National Forest Service (NFS) announced that it will use best management practices (BMPs) to improve and protect water quality on national forests and grasslands, an action it calls an integral component of watershed stewardship and land management. NFS is proposing amendments to its internal Manual for Water Quality Management, establishing a […]

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ACWA Releases Groundwater Management Recommendations

On April 7, the Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) released recommendations for improving management of California groundwater basins. ACWA’s recommendations come as discussions continue in the regulatory and legislative arenas to identify ways to address potentially unsustainable declines in groundwater levels and degraded groundwater quality in some basins of the state. The drought has […]

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British Columbia Bill Would Regulate Groundwater for the First Time

A bill proposed on March 11 in the Canadian province of British Columbia would regulate and protect groundwater resources for the first time. The Water Sustainability Act would modernize the 1909 Water Act and take effect in the spring of 2015, after supporting regulations are developed and finalized. In addition to creating first-time protections for […]

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