To save its aquifer, the Rio Grande Water Conservation District plans to pay farmers in the San Luis Valley $3,000 an AF to retire their groundwater wells.
The U.S. Drought Monitor shows that drought conditions in the southwest are easing, thanks to above-average precipitation.
An appeals court found that the State Water Board’s duty under state law to prevent waste and unreasonable use of water is “highly discretionary."
Paying farmers to allow their fields to go fallow for the sake of conserving water is not an attractive option when farmers lose money in the deal.
Snow accumulation this winter is uplifting the water supply outlook for the southwestern states, but more than one wet season is needed.
The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking comments on its draft environmental assessment regarding invasive smallmouth bass in the Colorado River at Glen Canyon Dam.