A Cal Matters article discussed California’s drought and the uneven effects it has on water restrictions. A patchwork of state, county and local restrictions reflect the de-centralized nature of water management in the state.
The Conversation published a new report that links California wildfires to contaminated drinking water in small water systems. Last year, the report’s authors found that at least seven water systems were contaminated.
Climate change is having a devastating effect on Tribal agriculture in the American Southwest. The Hopi Tribe uses corn as both a dietary and cultural staple, using it in everything from nutrition to birthing ceremonies. The Hopi rely on summer monsoons to nourish their crops but last year exceptionally poor rainfall devastated crop yields.
The Albuquerque Journal reported that exceptional drought conditions in New Mexico’s Pecos River have prompted the state to pump water from its reservoirs into the river to replenish its supply.
New data regarding California’s water supply is cause for cautious optimism. On the heels of summer, December rainfall has saturated the state, according to U.S. News & World Report.