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Managing water

  • The USDA Economic Research Service reports that one fifth of U.S. agricultural production was exported during the last fiscal year, about one million loans made for the 2020 Paycheck Protection Program appear to be fraudulent, how the Netherlands became the second largest exporter of agricultural products behind the U.S., and low water levels in Colorado reservoirs continue to be a problem.
  • Governor Jared Polis is taking a hard look at why Colorado’s red flag gun law wasn’t used in advance of the shooting at Club Q in Colorado Springs. And in the Four Corners region, Representative Barbara McLachlan said one of her priorities heading into the next legislative session is increased water literacy for kids in school K-12.
  • Low water levels on the Mississippi River continue to be of concern to farmers, water managers in the southwestern U.S. consider the outlook for this winter and next summer, and highly pathogenic avian influenza in turkeys could mean high prices for Thanksgiving dinner.
  • The 2022-2023 water year seems to be off to a good start, Utah is experiencing exceptional drought conditions, the Interior Department plans to write new rules governing dams along the Colorado River, and cover crops are becoming more popular with farmers.
  • September 18th to the 24th is National Farm Safety week, the Colorado Water Plan starts to see investment, and how to conduct fall soil sampling.
  • A look at a few projects being proposed as solutions for the low water levels in the lower Colorado River basin, and how the decline in common milkweed threatens the monarch butterfly.
  • Drought persists although the Four Corners Region received a little rain, paleoclimate evidence shows a drought in the Colorado River basin in the 2nd century AD, and a conservation group ranks the Colorado River as No. 1 on its list of the country’s most endangered rivers.
  • A dry January brings back drought concerns, water managers across the Southwest continue to make tough decisions, and the Colorado Agricultural Drought Advisors will offer a drought training program for farmers and ranchers.
  • Some communities in the West that are solely reliant on groundwater are starting to run into problems. That’s the case in Moab, Utah. The tourist hot spot…
  • When it comes to water in the West, a lot of it is visible. Snow stacks up high in the mountains then eventually melts and flows down into valleys. It’s easy to see how heavy rains and rushing rivers translate into an abundance of available water. But another important factor of water availability is much harder to see.