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He's asking other supervisors to consider new rules before the 2015 irrigation season, including a moratorium on new well permits for areas in Stage II and Stage III groundwater alerts until a groundwater management plan is put into place. Already this year, the county has issued more well permits than it ever has in history, county officials said during the most recent Drought Task Force meeting.
The sweet aroma of roasted peppers is wafting throughout New Mexico, signaling that fall is around the corner and the green chile harvest is in full swing. The annual ritual has everyone from Gov. Susana Martinez to farmers, chefs and hot pepper aficionados professing their love for all things green chile.
Officials in Northern California are accusing a nudist resort of stealing water during the state's historic drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports that rangers with the Midpeninsula Open Space District descended on Lupin Lodge near Los Gatos on Thursday, saying the clothing-optional resort was illegally taking water from a nearby upstream waterfall.
The unprecedented drought now affecting Sao Paulo, South America's giant metropolis, is believed to be caused by the absence of the "flying rivers" - the vapour clouds from the Amazon that normally bring rain to the centre and south of Brazil. Some Brazilian scientists say the absence of rain that has dried up rivers and reservoirs in central and southeast Brazil is not just a quirk of nature, but a change brought about by a combination of the continuing deforestation of the Amazon and global warming.
Northern people living in river basins oppose large-scale dams and want more say in government efforts to stop flood and drought problems, a series of public meetings have been told. Suwattana Jittaladakorn, an adviser to the Water Management and Policy Committee , said the comments were made at consultation seminars held from Monday to Friday last week.
The El Nino weather pattern that was expected to bring vast amounts of rain to the state this fall and winter has been downgraded by the Climate Prediction Center, a National Weather Service agency, The CPC report said there's still a 60 to 65 percent likelihood that an El Nino will develop, but that "a majority of models and the multi-model averages favor a weak El Nino." "If we have another drought year, I think the implication will really be disastrous," Vaughn Kezirian, executive director of the Northern California Golf Association, said on Friday.
Tensions are high near a Los Gatos nudist resort after a neighboring open space district accused the nudists of stealing water from the district and using it to keep the resort open amid California's devastating drought. On Thursday, rangers from the Midpeninsula Open Space District removed an upstream water line used by the Lupin Lodge nudist community that they claim is situated on the district's property, according to the San Jose Mercury News .
For the swirling flock of migrating shorebirds banking to a landing in California's Central Valley, a recently flooded rice field is providing a new kind of triage station during a drought that's drastically reducing places where they can rest on their long journeys. The new arrivals to the field - hundreds of them - are dowichers, says conservationist Greg Gulot, standing on a dirt berm and focusing his binoculars to identify a wading bird that is one of the first to fly south in an annual migration that brings 350 species to California's Sacramento and San Joaquin valleys.
9, 2014, a Least Sandpiper forages for food in a rice field near Knights Landing, Calif. . In this photo taken Tuesday, Sept.
The age of the Anthropocene -- the scientific name given to our current geologic age -- is dominated by human impacts on our environment. A warming climate.
Rising supplies of natural gas could benefit the environment by replacing coal as a fuel for electricity, but hydraulic fracturing poses dangers for people living near the wells, a new analysis finds. A strange thing happened on the way to dealing with climate change: Advances in hydraulic fracturing put trillions of dollars' worth of previously unreachable oil and natural gas within humanity's grasp.
Los Angeles health officials on Friday issued a special "heat alert" for this weekend, urging residents to take special precautions with temperatures expected to soar into triple digits across the region. With California already baking under a record drought that has brought acute water shortages, forecasts called for temperatures to reach more than 100 degrees in downtown Los Angeles and even higher in some surrounding communities.
ALBUQUERQUE >> Farmers from a narrow strip of fertile land in southwestern New Mexico are accusing the state's top water management agency of violating their constitutional rights. The group is threatening to sue the state engineer's office over a mandate that calls for metering devices to be installed along the Mimbres River.
City officials in Abilene who are contending with dwindling water supplies want to broaden their access to available water through an agreement with the Brazos River Authority. The authority in a statement Friday said Abilene officials previously approached the agency about obtaining additional water from its reserves.
The entire state of California is in a drought . A big part of the state, including the fertile Central Valley, is experiencing the worst category of drought, exceptional.
Updated: Mon Sep 15, 2014 01:30 am
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