Amid drought, White House ups funding request for Western water programs
With a record drought now gripping the entire state of California, the Obama administration is increasing its funding request for several small but key Bureau of Reclamation programs aimed at dealing with the widening divide between water demand and supply in the West.
House Dems propose increasing storage to deal with Calif. drought
House Democrats are proposing a long-term fix to California's historic drought in hopes of bringing together bitter opponents in the state's water wars. Rep. Jim Costa (D-Calif.) introduced a trio of bills Friday to expand existing reservoirs and build one new facility on California's rivers. By taking more water off the rivers during floods, the state would have more supplies when rain is scarce, he argued.
Drought-stricken state gets drenched, but not enough to ease historic shortfall
California got some much-needed precipitation over the weekend, but not nearly enough to ameliorate the state's persistent drought, weather and water experts said.
Colo. leaders praise federal approval of water pipeline in parched corner of state
The Obama administration has issued final approval for a water diversion pipeline project designed to help agricultural communities across drought-stricken southeast Colorado that has been in the works for more than 50 years.