Water

1:59pm

Wed February 6, 2013
U.S.

As Drought Intensifies, 2 States Dig In Over Water War

Originally published on Wed February 6, 2013 5:28 pm

Harlan County Lake, the Republican River's main reservoir in Nebraska, dropped 10 feet during the summer drought and hasn't recovered.
Grant Gerlock

Epic water battles are the stuff of history and legend, especially in the West. And as a severe drought drags on in the Midwest, a water war is being waged over a river that irrigates agriculture in Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas.

It's that last border crossing where this water war is under way. Kansas has gone to the Supreme Court to argue that Nebraska uses too much water from the Republican River, and that there's not enough left for Kansas farmers.

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11:29am

Thu January 31, 2013
The Two-Way

Portugal's Monster: The Mechanics Of A Massive Wave

Originally published on Fri February 1, 2013 9:07 am

American surfer Garrett "GMAC" McNamara rides what could be, if confirmed, the biggest wave conquered in history as a crowd watches Monday in Nazare, Portugal.
To Mane Barcroft Media /Landov

5:43pm

Tue January 29, 2013
Around the Nation

Drought Causes Ripple Effect Along Mighty Mississippi River

Originally published on Wed January 30, 2013 6:30 pm

International ships call at the busy Port of New Orleans. It's a major shipping convergence point on the Mississippi River. Ships come upriver from the Gulf of Mexico with imports from abroad, and barges come downriver, bringing U.S. goods for export.
Debbie Elliott NPR

The persistent drought is raising questions about how the Mississippi River is managed — both upstream and down.

While cargo traffic upriver has gotten lots of attention, the drought is creating a different set of problems downriver at the mouth of the Mississippi, where saltwater has encroached.

An old-fashioned staff river gauge behind the New Orleans district office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers shows the Mississippi is running just shy of 6 feet above sea level at the river bend.

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5:11pm

Mon January 28, 2013
Politics

Senate Rejects Udall-Bennet Emergency Watershed Restoration Amendment

Senator Michael Bennet on the floor of the U.S. Senate discussing emergency watershed protection funding

The U.S. Senate declined to consider an amendment introduced by Colorado Democratic Senators Mark Udall and Michael Bennet that would have provided emergency watershed restoration funding for areas of Colorado damaged by last year's wildfires.

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12:15pm

Sun January 27, 2013
Environment

Douglas County Open Space To See Aquifer Drilling

Map of the Colorado Plateaus Aquifer that covers an area of approximately 110,00 square miles in the Western U.S.
Credit United States Geological Service

The plan to draw drinking water from deep beneath the earth’s surface is based on a traditional premise - that water from far underground is uncontaminated.

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