Friday, August 01, 2014

Groundwater in the Colorado Basin studied by NASA

Forty million people in the western United States receive fresh water from the Colorado River, but during the drought, according to the Weather Channel, there has been a decline in groundwater in the region. According to a recent NASA study of the gravitational forces beneath the surface of the Earth, which indicates changes in groundwater supply, the West's water supply is more under threat than previously anticipated.  Read more ...

According to a recent article by National, the drought in California shows what may become the "new normal out West." Surface what delivery to southern California has been cut. Groundwater reserves, therefore, have been further tapped. Thus causing a further drop in groundwater reserves.

"The American West is running out of water," the article states.
The Bureau of Reclamation states the region has been in a severe drought since 2000, and surface freshwater since then has amounted to losses twice the size of Lake Mead. But what is not known, the amount of groundwater being pumped out, have left the participants of the NASA study very concerned. That Lake Mead, by the way, is lower than it was than when the Hoover Damn was originally built in the 1930s.

The drought in California has caused the entire state, as viewed from space, to turn brown.

Around the world, water shortages are being reported. Here a just a few of such events ...

Mercury found in trout in the Grand Canyon ... Read More

Texas towns experience water shortages due to fracking ... Read More

U.N. panel warns India of looming water and food shortages ... Read More

People in Putnam County, West Virginia, told to stop using water again ... Read More

More on the West Virginia Chemical Spill into the Elk River ... Read More

Severe Drought calls for emergency declaration in California ... Read More

Water shortages in Africa ... Read More

Water shortages in China ... Read More

Meanwhile, the situation in northern Arizona, on the Mogollon Rim, is getting increasingly dry ... According to the Associated Press ...

"WILLIAMS, ARIZONA — Residents of this northern Arizona city are living under tight restrictions in the wake of what the city is calling a troubling water crisis.
"Williams officials last week adopted the highest possible restrictions.
"Residents are prohibited from watering outside and washing their cars. Public and private swimming pools must be filled with water hauled from elsewhere.
"Anyone violating the restrictions could face a $100 fine, which would double for each subsequent violation.
"City Manager Brandon Buchanan said residents need to curb even indoor use. Households using more than 15,000 gallons of water in a month will be charged rates 50 percent higher than normal.
"Williams primarily uses surface water, which has been made scarce by the dry winter."
However, the situation may not be so much related to the dry winter as much as the development of the town as a bedroom community for Flagstaff, Arizona ... Hinting toward the idea that there are no natural disasters, only social ills, leading to human catastrophes where life is lost and property is damaged ... Read More