Rivers throughout Colorado, Utah and Wyoming are receiving abundant water from strong winter snowpack, easing drought fears but also pushing water over river banks.
By some estimates, more than 1,000 families are still homeless around Paradise in rural Butte County after losing their homes in the Camp Fire wildfires, contributing to a growing homelessness crisis.
According to a Stanford University study, California’s chronic drought conditions seem to have led to more fossil fuel use as a result of less water available for hydropower.
The Colorado River, which serves seven states in the American Southwest, will likely have a shortage of water by 2020 and the federal government has ordered the states to plan for drought conditions.
Groundwater is an essential resource around the world and researchers once believed it was almost limitless. But new research shows it may be scarcer than previously thought.