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News Release: Water use across United States declines to levels not seen since 1970

Reductions in water use first observed in 2010 continue, show ongoing effort towards “efficient use of critical water resources.” Water use across the country reached its lowest recorded level in 45 years. According to a new USGS report, 322 billion gallons of water per day (Bgal/d) were withdrawn for use in the United States during 2015.

Source: California Water News feed

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Colorado River Basin watches as Arizona reboots drought talks

Water leaders in Arizona are again trying to get to “yes” on a deal that deals with drought. This would help prepare the state for future cuts to its water supply if — and likely when — Lake Mead drops below specific levels. A renewed effort to achieve an agreement comes after a year of anxiety and gridlock over the future of the Colorado River.

Source: California Water News feed

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Climate change brought a lobster boom. Now it could cause a bust.

Since the early 1980s, climate change had warmed the Gulf of Maine’s cool waters to the ideal temperature for lobsters, which has helped grow Maine’s fishery fivefold to a half-billion-dollar industry, among the most valuable in the United States. But last year the state’s lobster landings dropped by 22 million pounds, to 111 million.

Source: California Water News feed

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News Release: Reclamation releases draft document for Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel Nutrient Enrichment Project

The project’s purpose is to determine if the addition of nitrogen can stimulate plankton (fish food organisms) production in a section of the ship channel, which is isolated from the Delta in terms of water flow. The project is an initial step in a broader effort to determine if, through the repair of the West Sacramento lock system, flows from the Sacramento River could be used to move fish food organisms through the Sacramento Deep Water Ship Channel to the Delta in order to benefit delta smelt and the Bay-Delta System.

Source: California Water News feed

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Thursday’s Top of the Scroll: Construction contract to raise height of Shasta Dam expected next year

After years of environmental studies, feasibility reports and stalled plans, federal officials are once again moving forward with plans to raise the height of Shasta Dam and intend to award the first construction contract next year. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation plans to advertise for bids on a construction contract in September 2019 and award a bid by December 2019, said Todd Plain, a spokesman for the agency.

Source: California Water News feed

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