In March 2014, water flooded the Colorado River’s dry bed. This event, called a pulse flow, occurred when the Morelos Dam, near the United States–Mexico border and Yuma, Arizona, opened its gates and filled the dry bed for eight weeks. The event, similar to the spring floods that halted after the river was dammed, allowed water to reach the Gulf of California for the first time since 1997.
The Bureau of Land Management’s decision to allow mining of molybdenum at Mt. Hope has been challenged by the Great Basin Resource Watch and The Western Shoshone Defense Project. The proposed project is expected to produce 1.2 billion saleable pounds of molybdenum as technical grade molybdenum oxide. However, the Mt. Hope mine has generated controversy regarding access to public water reserves.
Residents in Weed, California, are challenging an Oregon-based timber company that is claiming rights to spring water on land that it owns but that has also supplied the town with drinking water for decades.
California’s severe drought continues with no end in sight and families across the state face life without water—something most of us can only imagine—as wells run dry. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) has been helping homeowners through the California household/small water system drought assistance (HSWSDA) loan/grant program.
House Bill 209 was signed into law July 28 forming the Alaska Water and Sewer Advisory Committee which will assess current water and sewer conditions in rural areas of the state.