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- Two Years after Adoption, the Cost for Colorado’s State Water Plan Doubles (8/31/2017) - A new report released by the Colorado Water Conservation Board, says implementing the state’s ambitious water management plan will likely cost $40 billion – at least twice what the administration had projected in 2015.[I] The increased cost is a product of the new board director for the Colorado Water Conservation Board, Becky Mitchell. Recently appointed to the position in early July, Mitchell has been producing her own estimates and believes that previous estimates were a gross cost misinterpretation of state proposed projects.[II] Early indications are that the $20 million price tag only included costs for brick and mortar projects such [...]
- VA Reduces Groundwater Withdrawal Permits and Takes Aim at Unregulated Wells (8/31/2017) - State officials are concerned that Virginia’s groundwater supplies in the Northern Neck and Tidewater regions are declining at a rapid rate, creating a scenario where water scarcity and saltwater intrusion into the aquifers threaten state water supplies. As a result, the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) has reduced the amount of permitted groundwater withdrawal by the state’s largest users. For 18 months, the DEQ negotiated with Virginia’s 14 largest groundwater consumers to curb daily withdrawals that range anywhere from 2 to 36 million gallons a day (MGD). According to a report by Fredericksburg.com the DEQ hopes to limit withdrawals [...]
- Montana Declares a Drought Disaster as Crop Losses Ravage the State (8/31/2017) - Montana’s Governor Steve Bullock has declared a drought disaster in 31 counties and six Indian reservations. Nearly every county within the state is in a drought or trending towards drought. In a report by the Billings Gazette, this is the first summer in 10 years that the majority of the state was experiencing drought at the same time and the first year since 2004 that more than 10 percent of the state was in extreme drought.[I] Current agricultural losses to the drought have been catastrophic, with the U.S. Department of Agriculture projecting total crop losses in the hundreds of millions [...]
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