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Newsletter: EPA Climate Change and Water News

EPA Climate Change and Water News is a bi-weekly newsletter from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water that covers climate change and water-related news from EPA, other U.S. Federal agencies, and partners. To learn more about climate change impacts on water resources, visit our website at: http://www.epa.gov/water/climatechange

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Dramatic water changes coming for the Southwest

Water’s future is not bright, dire warning issued. Aug. 13, 2013 Logan Hawkes

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New federal study indicates less available water for New Mexico

Rising temperatures prompted by climate change will bring about increasing difficulty for New Mexico to meet its legal obligation to deliver water to downstream neighbors in the years ahead, according to a new federal study developed by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation and Sandia National Laboratory.

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Researchers Look at Water Leasing Project as Possible Option for State Water Issues

Researchers Look at Water Leasing Project as Possible Option for State Water Issues

With drought becoming more and more evident in the Land of Enchantment, water users and managers in New Mexico might have some tough decisions to make in the future without any help from Mother Nature. As long term drought persists and water supplies tighten, policymakers in New Mexico might have to think creatively to find flexibility when it comes to satisfying the thirsty needs of the state.

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Say goodbye to Phoenix — and the American West

Say goodbye to Phoenix — and the American West

The Colorado River powers cities across Arizona. But with temperatures rising, how long will the water hold out? ----- By William deBuys -- Salon, July 30, 2013 -- [This piece originally appeared on TomDispatch.]

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Poll shows New Mexicans oppose a Gila River Diversion project

SILVER CITY >> A recent poll by an independent research firm shows that many New Mexicans oppose a Gila River diversion project. The poll, conducted in late June of this year by Public Opinion Strategies, a Republican political and public affairs research firm, was commissioned by Protect the Flows, an organization that opposes such projects. Five hundred voters statewide were contacted, with an extra concentration on the five southwest counties nearest the Gila River - Grant, Luna, Hidalgo, Sierra and Dona Ana Counties.

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Drought Along the Rio Grande Highlights Water Management Complexities

[From: Arizona Water Resource - Summer 2013] On Saturday, June 1, 2013, water was released from Elephant Butte Reservoir in South Central New Mexico into the Rio Grande. It took more than two days to travel the 80 miles to fields near Las Cruces, as water soaked into the parched riverbed. Waiting for the flow were chile, pecan, cotton and alfalfa growers in Southern New Mexico, Western Texas and Mexico, as well as the city of El Paso, Texas, which depends on the Rio Grande for half its water supply.

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NM Among States to Receive NSF Funding for Water Resources Modeling

NM Among States to Receive NSF Funding for Water Resources Modeling

New Mex­ico, Nevada and Idaho have received a new grant from the National Sci­ence Foun­da­tion to cre­ate a West­ern Con­sor­tium for Water­shed Analy­sis, Visu­al­iza­tion and Explo­ration (WC-WAVE) to advance water­shed sci­ence, work­force devel­op­ment and edu­ca­tion with cyber infra­struc­ture enabled dis­cov­ery and innovation.

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NM Supreme Court's Decision in Bounds v. State of NM

New Mexico residents remain free to drill domestic wells to meet household water needs, the state Supreme Court ruled Thursday. But the state has an obligation to ensure that once wells are drilled, the resulting groundwater pumping doesn’t cut into the water rights of neighbors, the court found. The ruling creates the possibility that for the first time New Mexico could be forced to curtail pumping from domestic wells if the well reduces water supplies to neighbors with senior water rights.

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