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- NASA Funds New Technology to Measure Water in Snowpack (7/28/2017) - More than 1.2 billion people around the globe depend on snowmelt for their water supply. Now, NASA, along with nearly 100 scientists from two dozen organizations are on the verge of discovering a method to accurately quantify the world’s water supply contained in snowpack. Designed as a five-year study and funded by NASA’s Terrestrial Hydrology Program, SnowEx will use airborne lasers, imaging spectrometers, and radar to measure snowpack density and volume on a scale and elevation impossible to reach by foot. Still in its infancy, tests are currently being conducted in Grand Mesa, Colorado, and the western San Juan Mountains. [...]
- Colorado’s Largest Water Utility Seeks to Broaden Reclaimed Water Uses (7/28/2017) - Denver Water has asked the state for permission to expand the allowed uses of reclaimed water. The proposal is in response to the recently approved Water Management Plan for the City of Denver. The plan calls for at least doubling the amount of recycled water that Denver Water provides by 2020. This would mean increasing the current 2.6 billion gallons a year to more than 5 billion gallons. “This is where the world is going,” said Denver Water Chief Jim Lochhead to the Denver Post. “Utilities are exploring this concept of ‘one water’, the right water quality for the right [...]
- CA Pushes Through First Milestone of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (7/28/2017) - The state of California has passed the first hurdle in the implementation of the Sustainable Groundwater Management Act (SGMA). As of June 30th, local groundwater agencies (GSAs) were formed for basins classified by the state as at risk for groundwater depletion. The SGMA is expected to radically overhaul the way Californians have utilized groundwater. Unlike with surface water supplies, which are strictly regulated through a complex system of water rights, groundwater basins have historically been regulation free. This inefficient management of resources has led to drastic depletion of groundwater throughout the state, such as the San Joaquin Valley, where land [...]
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