Wednesday, June 29, 2016

National Drought Mitigation Center

Drought Headlines

We select interesting and representative drought stories from all over the U.S. and around the world. We group them into the same categories that the Drought Impact Reporter uses, as well as a few others. Subscribe to Drought Headlines Drought Headlines RSS

Drought Headlines Archive

General Awareness

Research: California years away from making drought recovery
San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com), Jun 22, 2016
California
Drought recovery in California could take four years, even with above-normal snowfall in the Sierra Nevada during the next several winters, said a researcher from UCLA.
Corn Belt Could Have ‘Flash Drought’ This Summer, U.S. Says
Bloomberg, Jun 16, 2016
Midwest
High temperatures and a reduction in rainfall could lead to a flash drought in the Corn Belt, the Climate Prediction Center warned. Drought development may recur in Oregon and Washington also.
Parts of eastern New York on the cusp of drought conditions
WIVB News 4 (Buffalo, N.Y.), Jun 03, 2016
Eastern New York
Parts of eastern New York were abnormally dry with rivers and streams at near-record lows in some areas. Precipitation was below average during the winter and spring.
Is Utah’s drought over? It depends on whom you ask
The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah), Jun 02, 2016
Utah
Utah’s reservoirs still need more snowmelt and runoff to refill, leading some local experts to feel that the drought has not yet ended. Statewide reservoirs averaged 64 percent of capacity, one percent less than in 2015.
It’s official: the “dry spell” is now a “drought”
WHNT News 19 (Huntsville, Ala.), May 26, 2016
Tennessee Valley
North Alabama, Tennessee, and North Georgia entered moderate drought on the U.S. Drought Monitor issued on May 26.

Agriculture

Weather poses lower than average crop yield
Sedalia Democrat (Mo.), Jun 17, 2016
West central Missouri
Hot, dry weather has stressed crops and corn stalks have begun to take on a grayish hue with leaves growing close to the stalks. Grasses stopped growing, and farmers in southwestern Missouri were selling cattle.
Hot, Dry Weather Affecting South Dakota Hay Fields, Pastures
KDLT-TV (Sioux Falls, S.D.), Jun 16, 2016
South Dakota
The condition of South Dakota’s alfalfa hay fields and pastures has deteriorated, with the northeast and western parts of the state needing rain.
Drought plus cold adds up to ‘a different kind of growing season’
Bangor Daily News (Maine), Jun 15, 2016
Bangor, Maine
A lack of rainfall in May caused Bangor farmers and gardeners to lose seeds, which did not germinate.
Solano County crop values take a hit, drought to blame
The Reporter (Vacaville, Calif.), Jun 11, 2016
Solano County, California
The gross value of Solano County’s agricultural production for 2015 was $353,869,000, representing a decrease from 2014 values by $24,776,000 or a 6.5 percent drop. The number of head for sheep and lambs dropped to 29,700 from 32,950 in 2014 and the total value dropped to $6,684,000 from $7,912,000 in 2014, a difference of 16 percent as producers shipped lambs earlier at lighter weights, due to drought. The full report is available online at www.solanocounty.com/ag.
Indiana Crops Emerging Quickly
1010WCSI (Columbus, Ind.), Jun 06, 2016
Indiana
Some Indiana pastures were beginning to brown and needed moisture. Some farmers were concerned that the drying soil could reduce the germination of recently planted soybeans.

Business & Industry

Barge traffic makes a resurgence on the Missouri River
St. Louis Post-Dispatch, May 30, 2016
Missouri River
Drought was among a number of factors leading shippers to abandon the Missouri River as a transportation corridor as public ports from Sioux City, Iowa to St. Louis disappeared during the late 1990s and early 2000s. Increasingly, grain, scrap metal, fertilizer and other commodities were again being moved by barge.
California craft beer brewers balance drafts and drought
Redding Record Searchlight (Calif.), Oct 11, 2015
California
As California communities strive to meet their water conservation goals, those communities also ask businesses, including craft beer brewers, to slash water use. While larger breweries might have the capital to increase water use efficiency, smaller ones in many cases do not.
Losing Water, California Tries to Stay Atop Economic Wave
The New York Times, Aug 19, 2015
California
Continued economic growth requires building more homes, creating new jobs and drawing in more people, but it is not clear that water supplies will be able to meet demand. Some see drought as being cyclical, while other view it as the new normal, leading to conflicting perspectives on new development.
California drought brings a golden lining
The Sacramento Bee, Jun 22, 2015
Sierra Nevada, California
Low water levels in California’s drought-sapped rivers and streams have exposed more riverbed for prospectors seeking gold. Some stretches have become too dry for panning and sluicing, but in the meantime, prospectors keep finding new areas rich with gold. Hardware and mining supply stores from Columbia in Tuolumne County to Auburn in Placer County benefited from the renewed interest of locals and tourists hoping to find a few pieces of gold.
Bottled-water business grows during drought
Redding Record Searchlight (Calif.), May 10, 2015
California
Californians were becoming increasingly outraged at companies bottling and selling the state’s water amid a four year drought. Crystal Geyser Water Co. was opening a plant at the base of Mount Shasta in Siskiyou County and intends to take up to 365,000 gallons of groundwater daily, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. Nearby residents worry that the plant will run their wells dry.

Energy

Water conservation has saved energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds
Los Angeles Times, Jun 07, 2016
California
Water conservation in California between June 2015 and February 2016 resulted in energy savings of 922,543 megawatt-hours, which is enough to power 135,000 homes for a year, and also reduced greenhouse gas emissions, found researchers from the University of California-Davis. During that time, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial emergency conservation program was in effect, requiring all water users to curb their use by 25 percent. Electric utilities and water districts were also ordered to submit reports on their operations, reports that were used by UC Davis to determine the savings.
Easing Drought Boosts California Hydropower, For Now
Climate Central, Jun 01, 2016
California
Spring hydropower generation has reached its highest level since 2011, thanks to near-average snowfall this winter in the Sierra Nevada, helping power production to rebound from the 15-year low reached last year.
Group Claims the Drought is Driving Up California Electric Rates
Power Talk 1360 (Modesto, Calif.), Feb 10, 2016
California
The Pacific Institute has noted a relationship between drought and rising electric rates and produced a report on the topic.
In Parched California, a Farmer’s Market Is Emerging for Power
The Washington Post with Bloomberg, Sep 03, 2015
California
California farmers were pumping more water for crop irrigation amid a fourth year of drought and were using hundreds of millions of dollars more electricity than normal to power the pumps. In the Central Valley, farmers may use groundwater to meet more than 60 percent of their irrigation needs in 2015, one-third more than a normal year, At that rate, electric bills would rise 77 percent, or $600 million, compared to a year with normal precipitation.
California First To Feel Hydro-Power Crunch Of Drought
CBS2/KCAL9 (Studio City, Calif.), Mar 21, 2015
California
During the past three years, declining hydropower production in California cost utility customers $1.4 billion as power from alternate sources, such as natural gas-fired plants, was purchased to compensate for reduced hydroelectric production. The use of more fossil fuels also drove California carbon dioxide emissions up 8 percent.
Hydropower production at Lake Mead in May is expected to dip to 50 percent of mid-2014 levels.

Fire

Officials confirm 2 deaths in out-of-control fire in Kern County
Los Angeles Times, Jun 24, 2016
Near Lake Isabella in southern California
A wind-driven wildfire claimed more than 19,000 acres and at least 80 homes and another 20 structures near Lake Isabella, east of Bakersfield. The blaze continued to threaten 1,500 homes and displayed erratic behavior. Residents were evacuated from nearby communities.
Dry spring makes southern Maine a hot spot for ground fires
Portland Press Herald (Maine), Jun 21, 2016
Southern Maine
Ground fires were already occurring in southern Maine and in neighboring New Hampshire as the warm, dry winter and dry spring allowed the fire season to begin earlier. Ground fires typically occur in August and September after the heat of summer has dried out the ground.
Wildfires threaten homes, businesses in six western states
USA Today, Jun 17, 2016
Western U.S.
Fourteen major wildfires were burning in the West on the morning of June 17, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. Strong winds and heat in the West have contributed to wildfires in areas such as Santa Barbara County, Calif., New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Wildfires have burned more than 1.8 million acres in the U.S. since the start of the year, the most by this date in 5 years and about 200,000 acres above average, according to the fire center.
Drought sparks larger wildfires throughout California
Los Angeles Times, Jun 07, 2016
California
The California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection fought 1,562 wildfires that burned nearly 28,000 acres, according to Daniel Berlant, spokesman for Cal Fire. The area burned was twice that consumed in the first half of 2015 when 11,353 acres went up in flames.
The agency’s fuels and fire assessment found no reduction in drought severity in central portions of California, despite more precipitation than recent winters. In 2016, firefighters can expect “extreme fire behavior such as dangerous rates of spread (similar to what was observed on the Rough, Valley, and Butte fires last year), torching, crowning, and long range spotting.”
Officials warn of wildfire conditions
Chattanooga Times Free Press (Tenn.), Jun 02, 2016
Northern Georgia
Residents in northern Georgia were urged by the Georgia Forestry Commission to use extreme caution with outdoor fires due to the dry weather and elevated fire risk.

Plants & Wildlife

Feds: Drought kills 66 million trees in California's Sierra
San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com), Jun 22, 2016
California's Sierra Nevada
Roughly 66 million trees died since 2010 in a six-county region of California’s central and southern Sierra Nevada most severely affected by the drought, a bark beetle epidemic and warm temperatures, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The tree mortality from Tuolumne to Kern counties rose by 65 percent since the last figures were announced in October 2015, which documented 40 million dead trees. The sheer number of dead trees could fuel catastrophic wildfires and endanger people’s lives, said officials.
Tree die-off in local forests caused by past drought years
Medford Mail Tribune (Oregon), Jun 06, 2016
Oregon
Three years of drought and insects have killed numerous trees in Southern Oregon forests. Douglas firs were the most common victim, but even more drought-resistant Ponderosa pines were succumbing to the dryness. From the Applegate Valley north into the Willamette Valley, the orange hue of dead conifers marks the landscape, with the numbers of dead trees eclipsing that of the mid-1990s and the early 2000s when years of less intense drought changed the countryside. An aerial mapping survey will be conducted by the Forest Service and the Oregon Department of Forestry in July, as has been done annually since the late 1940s, to determine the scale of the die-off.
US agency's Nevada boss urges roundup of 4,000 mustangs
The Sacramento Bee, May 02, 2016
Elko County, Nevada
U.S. Bureau of Land Management Nevada Director John Ruhs would like to round up 4,000 wild horses in Elko County because the drought-affected rangeland was deteriorating, but the agency does not have the funds for such a round up. Apart from the large roundup, it was unlikely that he could lift livestock grazing restrictions in the northeast corner of Nevada. The mustangs were on four herd-management areas covering over 600 square miles.
US absorbed carbon dioxide despite drought
Phys.Org (Douglas, Isle Of Man, United Kingdom), Apr 25, 2016
U.S.
The 2012 drought did not turn the U.S. into a net carbon source, as occurred during Europe’s hot summer in 2003, but the country continued to be a carbon sink. As it turns out, the warm spring prompted vegetation to begin growing earlier, thus absorbing more carbon.
Lake Tahoe-Truckee bear activity driven by severe drought
Sierra Sun (Truckee, Calif.), Mar 25, 2016
Near Lake Tahoe in Nevada
As drought persisted in Nevada, the harm became more apparent as the number of bears killed each year rose. In 2011, three bears were hit and killed by vehicles; in 2012, nine bears died; in 2013, 18 bears died in collisions; and in 2015, the count rose to 21 bears, according to the public information office for Nevada Dept. of Wildlife.

Relief, Response, & Restrictions

US giving $48 million to help West deal with drought
Yahoo! News, Jun 23, 2016
U.S.
The Obama administration offered $48 million in grants in 13 states, largely in the West, to assist farmers and others with water and energy conservation amid drought and climate change. The grants will cover improvements to irrigation and water delivery systems, in addition to technical assistance for planning and engineering conservation measures. The funds will go toward 76 projects and save 123,000 acre-feet of water annually, stated Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Estevan Lopez. Those projects are located in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Oregon, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Vilsack noted that $15 million of the grants will come from his department and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation, part of the Interior Department.
Bill would ban new wells in parts of California
The Desert Sun (Palm Spring, Calif.), Jun 06, 2016
California
Thousands of new wells have been drilled across California, drawing down groundwater levels, in the two years since historic legislation passed to better manage the state’s aquifers. California’s Senate approved a bill to prohibit the drilling of new wells in places where aquifers were in “critical overdraft,” and by requiring cities and counties in other areas to start requiring permits to put checks on the proliferation of wells. The bill will move on to the Assembly.
California drops mandatory water cutbacks for cities and towns
San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com), May 18, 2016
California
California’s emergency water conservation mandates, requiring conservation of 8 to 36 percent, in comparison with water use in 2013, were dropped by the State Water Resources Control Board, in favor of allowing individual water districts to determine appropriate levels of conservation for their customers. Water providers must, however, ensure that they have three years’ worth of water in reserve, and, if not, adopt water-savings targets to have a three-year supply.
A number of statewide conservation measures were extended. Residents, for example, must not allow water runoff when irrigating their lawns, wash cars without a shut-off nozzle or use potable water in a fountain or to wash off pavement. Restaurants must continue the practice of serving water only when customers request it. Hotels must also give guests the opportunity to reuse sheets and towels.
California drought rules eased significantly
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.), May 09, 2016
California
California Gov. Jerry Brown issued an executive order on May 9, leaving the emergency drought regulations in effect indefinitely and telling water providers to prepare for a drier future. Some of the emergency rules include not being able to wash off pavement with potable water or watering lawns within 48 hours of a rainstorm.
Gov. Brown’s administration also announced plans to do away with all statewide mandatory water conservation targets with took effect in June 2015. The State Water Resources Control Board was expected to approve the change at an upcoming May 18 meeting. Water districts will likely be able to set their own water conservation targets, which must be reported to state officials. Water suppliers must also devise drought plans.
L.A.'s water wasters will soon face heavier fines and audits
Los Angeles Times, Apr 27, 2016
Los Angeles, California
Residents of Los Angeles will be facing the possibility of higher fines and water audits if they use excessive amounts of water after Mayor Eric Garcetti approved a new water conservation plan, which will take effect on May 2. The Los Angeles Department of Water and Power will be able to fine customers from $1,000 to $40,000 per month for what it considers “unreasonable use” of water while L.A. is in an elevated phase of its emergency drought plan.

Society & Public Health

Rescued elephant delivers calf at Dallas Zoo
CBS News, May 24, 2016
Dallas, Texas
An elephant evacuated from Swaziland in southern Africa birthed a 175-pound male calf. His weight was on the low side because his mother could not find enough food while in Swaziland.
Casino magnate Wynn envisions water paradise in dry Nevada
The Washington Post, May 25, 2016
Las Vegas
A Las Vegas casino magnate’s idea for a water park has not been received with enthusiasm in the desert city where water is scarce. The Paradise Park development proposal revealed by Wynn Resorts in April would center on a 38-acre, man-made lake built on the site of an 18-hole golf course. Steve Wynn, the CEO of Wynn Resorts, said the park would be an amenity paid for by the resorts fee on hotel rooms at his Wynn and Encore properties, in addition to a new 1,000-room hotel tower. Others would pay a $20 to $30 entrance fee to enjoy the festive “lunacy.”
Swimmer, boaters advised to be extra cautious at Percy Priest Lake
WSMV-TV Nashville, May 20, 2016
North central Tennessee
Meager rainfall in recent months dropped the level of Percy Priest Lake by about three feet, so boaters and swimmers ought to exercise caution while recreating in the lake.
Dry winter means more dust storm danger in Arizona, beyond
Azfamily.com (Phoenix), May 19, 2016
Southwest
The Southwest is likely to see more haboobs than usual when the monsoon season begins, thanks to drought and the past dry winter. In the past few weeks, Interstate 10 in southern Arizona has been closed seven times, due to dust storms.
Oregon county says no to Nestle water-bottling plant
The Seattle Times (Wash.), May 17, 2016
Cascade Locks, Oregon
Drought was one of several factors that led Hood River County voters to decide against Nestle building a water bottling plant in Cascade Locks.

Tourism & Recreation

As Lake Powell recedes, Glen Canyon reveals its secrets
Durango Herald (Colo.), Apr 13, 2016
Lake Powell in southern Utah
Lake Powell was at 104 feet below full pool, which allows hikers to access areas not seen since before the Glen Canyon Dam was constructed in the 1950s.
Upper Big Falls in San Bernardino National Forest closed as rescues more than triple
Los Angeles Times, Oct 27, 2015
California
A seven-acre area around Upper Big Falls in the San Bernardino National Forest was closed by the park on Oct. 8 because too many climbers have chosen to scale the face of the falls and needed to be rescued.
Skiers, resorts cast hopeful eye toward El Niño
Los Angeles Times, Oct 02, 2015
California
California ski resorts, hoping to sell plenty of season passes, were hedging their bets by offering incentives, such as discounts or guarantees, if deep powder does not materialize this winter as in past winters. At some resorts, for instance, skiers can get discounts on next year’s season pass if the skier is unable to ski more than a certain number of days this winter.
Drought forces cancellation of Lake Elsinore Grand Prix
The Press-Enterprise (Riverside, Calif.), Aug 20, 2015
Riverside County, California
The Lake Elsinore Grand Prix, scheduled for November, was canceled for lack of water. Due to mandated water conservation, the Elsinore Valley Municipal Water District cannot provide the roughly 1 million gallons of potable water needed to rebuild and maintain the racetrack and control dust. The district offered recycled water, but there were not enough access points to distribute the water to meet the Grand Prix’s needs.
California drought hasn't killed summer vacations
San Jose Mercury News (Calif.), Aug 09, 2015
California
Despite years of drought, travel spending continued to climb 3.6 percent in 2014 to $117.5 billion. This year was also on track to be another great year, despite boat ramps, swimming and picnic areas being closed at some lakes.

Water Supply & Quality

California drought bummer: Sierra water runoff coming up short
San Francisco Chronicle (SFGate.com), Jun 20, 2016
California
The California Department of Water Resources revised its water supply estimate after a rapid warm up that quickly melted snow. The new estimate predicted just three-quarters of the normal runoff during the months of heaviest snowmelt, short-changing the rivers and reservoirs that usually receive a third of the state’s water.
Residents frustrated as precautionary water boil advisory continues
Columbia Missourian, Jun 20, 2016
Columbia, Missouri
A precautionary water boil advisory remained in effect indefinitely for Thornbrook and Steeplechase residents, due to low water pressure as many residents irrigate their lawns simultaneously. The Columbia Water and Light Department issued the first advisory on June 13 and extended it on June 20. A voluntary irrigation schedule was put forth to help residents in Thornbrook and other nearby subdivisions spread out their water use, but few residents have followed the schedule.
Drought puts pinch on Jerome water supply
The Verde Independent (Cottonwood, Ariz.), Jun 10, 2016
Jerome, Arizona
Jerome’s water system was experiencing decreased flows at the springs due to drought. Water supply was diminished in the town storage tanks, meaning water conservation was critical for all residents and businesses.
Water conservation has saved energy, cut greenhouse gas emissions, study finds
Los Angeles Times, Jun 07, 2016
California
Water conservation in California between June 2015 and February 2016 resulted in energy savings of 922,543 megawatt-hours, which is enough to power 135,000 homes for a year, and also reduced greenhouse gas emissions, found researchers from the University of California-Davis. During that time, Gov. Jerry Brown’s initial emergency conservation program was in effect, requiring all water users to curb their use by 25 percent. Electric utilities and water districts were also ordered to submit reports on their operations, reports that were used by UC Davis to determine the savings.
Bill would ban new wells in parts of California
The Desert Sun (Palm Spring, Calif.), Jun 06, 2016
California
Thousands of new wells have been drilled across California, drawing down groundwater levels, in the two years since historic legislation passed to better manage the state’s aquifers. California’s Senate approved a bill to prohibit the drilling of new wells in places where aquifers were in “critical overdraft,” and by requiring cities and counties in other areas to start requiring permits to put checks on the proliferation of wells. The bill will move on to the Assembly.

International

Drought-hit Zimbabwe restricts imports to stem dollar outflow
Reuters, Jun 22, 2016
Zimbabwe
Zimbabwe imposed restrictions on imports of a list of basic goods, largely from South Africa, to protect local industries and reduce an outflow of scarce dollars from the drought-hit economy, said the industry minister.
Rain brings only slight drought relief to Western Cape
Business Day Live , Jun 20, 2016
South Africa
The levels of major dams in South Africa have risen about 5 percent to 35.4 percent, on average. The region desperately needs more rainfall.
Vietnam drought leaves one million in urgent need of food aid - EU
Thomson Reuters Foundation News, Jun 20, 2016
Vietnam
One million Vietnamese people needed urgent food assistance, while another 2 million need drinking water as saltwater intrusion into the Mekong River delta has devastated fruit, rice and sugar crops.
Kenya turns down maize buy request from drought-hit Malawi
World-Grain.com, Jun 15, 2016
Kenya
Kenya will not be selling 1.2 million tons of maize to make up for lost production in Malawi because Kenya’s own maize stocks were limited.
Drought heightens seasonal food scarcity in Guatemala
Fox News, Jun 14, 2016
Guatemala
The Guatemalan government typically steps up to provide food assistance for about one million people during the June – September time frame when last year’s harvest is gone, but the new harvest has not yet begun. Drought makes the seasonal hunger worse.

Research

Rainfall following drought linked to historic nitrate levels in Midwest streams in 2013
Phys.org, Jun 07, 2016
Midwest

Periods of drought followed by rainfall caused nitrate levels to spike in some Midwest streams during a 2013 study, according to a U.S. Geological Survey report published in the Journal of Environmental Quality.

Plants remember stress to help protect themselves
Phys.org, Jun 01, 2016

Research from the University of Warwick in the U.K. revealed that plants have evolved ways to remember previous exposures to stress, such as high salinity conditions, which can help subsequent progenies withstand the same stress in future.
Researchers identify critical factors that determine drought vulnerability of wheat, maize
Science Daily (Rockville, Md.), May 26, 2016

Researchers from the School of Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis identified critical information about the environmental variables and agronomic factors that determine the vulnerability of maize and wheat production to drought.
US absorbed carbon dioxide despite drought
Phys.Org (Douglas, Isle Of Man, United Kingdom), Apr 25, 2016
U.S.
The 2012 drought did not turn the U.S. into a net carbon source, as occurred during Europe’s hot summer in 2003, but the country continued to be a carbon sink. As it turns out, the warm spring prompted vegetation to begin growing earlier, thus absorbing more carbon.
Researchers Unveil New Drought-Fighting GMO For Long-Suffering Crops
Growing Alabama, Mar 30, 2016

Scientists at Purdue are focusing on a gene that causes the plant to have rapid leaf pore closure, a reduced rate of water loss due to evaporation, alleviated cell membrane damage and improved photosynthesis that results in an improved reaction to drought conditions.

Mitigation

San Luis Valley aquifer refills after years of drought, overuse
Santa Fe New Mexican, Jun 11, 2016
San Luis Valley in southern Colorado
A multiyear drought that began in 2002 in the San Luis Valley in southern Colorado quickly drew down the region’s streams and water table, causing wells to go dry abruptly. The Rio Grande Water Conservation District and San Luis Valley water users created a subdistrict project to address the water problem of over appropriation and help the region to balance its water use. Farmers and ranchers paid $75 per acre-foot of groundwater they pumped, but also were compensated for fallowing parts of their fields, limiting water demand.
In the four years since the subdistrict project began in 2012, the aquifer is recovering. One-third less groundwater water being pumped than before the project, from more than 320,000 acre-feet prior to 2012 to about 200,000 acre-feet. Ten thousand acres that previously were used to cultivate thirsty alfalfa and potato crops were fallow. Stewards of the land continue to improve soil quality and were striving to grow more efficient crops as other ways to help the aquifer.
Central America tests drought-resistant 'miracle' beans
ReliefWeb, Dec 01, 2015
El Salvador
A hybrid light red bean created through traditional cross-breeding grows well despite little moisture and is resistant to bean golden yellow mosaic virus.
This machine can make salty water drinkable — using only the sun’s rays
The Washington Post, May 06, 2015

A group of people from Massachusetts Institute of Technology developed a novel method of purifying brackish, undrinkable water via a solar-powered water desalination system. The water produced by the system is free of contaminants and is potable.
Company says evaporation suppression worked
Wichita Falls Times Record News (Texas), Jan 28, 2015
Wichita Falls, Texas
The evaporation suppression powder used on Arrowhead Lake during the 2014 summer was successful. A report by the Texas Water Development Board said the measure may have reduced normal evaporation by 15 percent.
Wichita Falls officials were evaluating the report and considered it inconclusive. The city spent about $294,000 on the project.
Cloud seeding, no longer magical thinking, is poised for use this winter
The Sacramento Bee (California), Nov 11, 2013
California
Cloud seeding will continue to be used in California during the 2013-14 winter to boost snowfall and increase water supplies in a state that has endured two years of drought. Cloud-seeding efforts in California began more than 60 years ago and involve the spraying of silver iodide into clouds.
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