Climate change shouldn’t change LA precipitation: Study

Los Angeles Times

The rainfall amounts in the southern California region should remain relatively unaffected by climate change, according to a study by UCLA researchers, published in the Journal of Climate, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Water theft on the rise in California as drought persists

National Journal

California's ongoing drought has led to a dramatic rise in the number of reported water thefts and a black market for water sales, leading law enforcement to boost efforts to crack down on the practice, National Journal reports.

Biggest Brazil city desperate for water in drought

ITU, Brazil (AP) — It's been nearly a month since Diomar Pereira has had running water at his home in Itu, a commuter city outside Sao Paulo that is at the epicenter of the worst drought to hit southeastern Brazil in more than eight decades.

Like others in this city whose indigenous name means "big waterfall," Pereira must scramble to find water for drinking, bathing and cooking. On a recent day when temperatures hit 90 degrees (32 Celsius), he drove to a community kiosk where people with empty soda bottles and jugs lined up to use a water spigot. Pereira filled several 13-gallon containers, which he loaded into his Volkswagen bug.

National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation

Washington, October 23, 2014, 8:00 am

The Chesapeake Conservancy hosts the National Workshop on Large Landscape Conservation. Keynote speakers include White House Council on Environmental Quality Acting Director Mike Boots, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell. Conference continues Friday.

Interior secretary pushes for Congress to act on lands conservation

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — U.S Interior Secretary Sally Jewell vowed Thursday that the Obama administration will continue to use its executive powers to protect public lands until Congress takes action on a number of stalled conservation measures.

Jewell renewed the administration's threat while speaking to a few hundred wilderness advocates at a national conference in Albuquerque celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act.

US Fish and Wildlife Service

Sage-grouse conservation won't harm energy output: study

Most of the western federal lands in seven western states where the greater sage-grouse faces the loss of habitat have low oil, gas, and renewable energy potential, according to a report released Thursday by a conservation group.

The report for the Western Values Project found that most federal lands in the states with sizable energy resources are outside the bird's key habitat areas.

Court hears water dispute between Kansas, Nebraska

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday considered how to resolve a long-running legal fight between Kansas and Nebraska over the use of water from the Republican River.

The justices appeared to agree with recommendations of a special master who found that Nebraska should pay $3.7 million in damages to Kansas for using more than its legal share of the river's water in 2005 and 2006.

Supreme Court to discuss Kansas-Nebraska water dispute Tuesday


The Supreme Court will make its first considerations on a long-standing water-use disagreement between Kansas and Nebraska over an interstate compact allocating water from the Republican River, E&E reports.

House Agriculture subcommittee hearing on Forest Service groundwater directive

Washington, September 10, 2014, 10:00 am

House Agriculture Conservation, Energy, and Forestry Subcommittee hearing, "To review the U.S. Forest Service's proposed groundwater directive." Forest Service Chief Tom Tidwell to testify.

USDA photo

Vilsack: Work needed to reassure farmers upset over Waters rule

The Obama administration has more to do to convince farmers and ranchers that the Environmental Protection Agency's proposed rule to clarify the reach of the Clean Water Act over rural streams and wetlands won't mean new restrictions, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said Wednesday.

The intent of the rule, known as Waters of the U.S., is to give farm country more certainty about the scope of what's covered under the Clean Water Act, Vilsack told reporters, but he acknowledged that concern is running high. "Obviously there is still work to be done in terms of educating people about that intent, because that's not how it's been interpreted," he said.


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