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.
A new report titled, “Closing the Water Access Gap in the United States” by DigDeep, a nonprofit organization that focuses on safe drinking water, and the US Water Alliance has produced some alarming findings that are getting national attention.
Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC), a nonprofit organization is offering private well owners free well assessments and water quality screening for nitrate.