The Four Corners region of the United States – the meeting point of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah – is in a severe drought with no end in sight, leaving farmers, ranchers, water regulators and tourists facing restrictions on usage.
Drought continues to envelope Colorado, but the Arkansas River that flows through the state is producing white water rapids, the result of steady snowfall in the Sawatch Range.
California’s Santa Clara Valley Water District agreed this week to contribute $650 million to the state’s plan for massive tunnels that will deliver water from the north of the state to the south. The $16.7 billion California WaterFix plan has been struggling for years, with Gov. Jerry Brown moving it along in phases.
The rain and snow that typically nourish the Colorado River, which in turn serves as the most important water source for the American Southwest, have been abysmal this year, and meteorologists are warning of a permanent shift in the area’s weather patterns.
West Sacramento, Calif. — The S.L. Gimbel Foundation awarded $50,000 to Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) to increase access to and consumption of safe drinking water for members of seven southern California Tribes. RCAC staff will work with La Posta Band of Mission Indians leadership to bring the Agua4All program to a consortium of seven tribes served by the Southern Indian Health Council in eastern San Diego County