Fortunately none of the Napa and Sonoma Counties ravaged by wildfires during October are without drinking water. However, water regulators say that treating drinking water may be a challenge as they work to mitigate ash and erosion around reservoirs.
By mid-century, climate change effects on irrigation could diminish crop yields around the country. Nowhere else would this be more dramatic, according to a new study, than in the American Southwest.
As the planet warms, meteorologists find it harder to predict weather patterns. But wildly fluctuating temperatures also challenge how water system managers do their jobs. Unpredictable changes in weather affect storm preparedness and even national security.
Three recent studies reveal shrinking water supplies in the West. All three studies indicate a warming climate is significantly impacting water supplies.
The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) unveiled an interactive website showing the Colorado River Basin’s drastic water decline.