Category Archives: warming water

Running out of water – across the nation

Americans, especially in the southern Great Plains states, are finding out the hard way just how valuable water is to life today. It’s not pretty, but the descriptions in this article are full of grit and despair.


Hog lots run the nation

And read this to learn how. Hah.

Urbanization threatens mid-Atlantic fisheries

This is hardly a shocking expose or a sudden awakening of people to a longtime cause of water quality decline and habitat degradation. Yes indeed sprawl has negative impacts on fisheries and thus the human industries that live off those fisheries. Surprise, surprise. Read about it in this article from a Delaware paper.

Quote of the week

“I think we are in for some huge challenges with regard to water,” he said. “Climate change appears to be real, regardless of what the source is. If temperatures increase, there is going to be additional demand for water, even from the natural system.”

– Interstate Stream Commissioner Estevan Lopez (speaking about the future water supply for New Mexico)

Scientists: Delaware River facing multiple threats

This is hardly surprising news, but it’s sad that most media outlets in the region have elected to ignore the story. The Binghamton, N.Y., paper carried this article.

Decaying dams pose risk, engineers say

This article is about Massachusetts, which has nearly 3,000 dams, but Pennsylvania and other states just here in the Northeast have just about the same number each, and the same problems and risks are out there. For conservationists and aquatic biologists, the damming of a stream means death for the species whose home waters are being dammed, warmed and otherwise degraded. The problems are not limitedto big monsters like Glen Canyon, but cover the gazillions of smaller structures that shackle creek after creek after creek.

Water managers in West brace for more dry times

The restoration work along Sandia Pueblo’s section of the Rio Grande is just the latest effort by tribal, state and federal water managers as they grapple with persistent drought across the West, the uncertainties of climate change, endangered species concerns and growing demand for a limited resource. Add non-native invasive plant species to that mix, as well. Like water-sucking tamarisk. Read the whole report here.