Water news

I spend a lot of time these days reading water news. When I read something good, I often blurt it out on my twitter feed, which is good for that sort of link sharing. But one of the problems with the disjointed nature of social media right now is the way different communities use different social media in different ways. We’ve got cool new tools, but divergence in terms of who uses which ones. Some folks interact via email lists, some via interlocking blog conversations, some via Facebook, some via twitter, some via some overlapping set of the above.

What follows is an experiment in sharing these squibs here as well which, if it works, may become a regular feature. Or not:

  • From the LA Times, drought in Mexico: “The sparse rainfall nationwide has made 2009 the driest in 69 years of government record-keeping, Arreguin said.”
  • Peter Gleick on an example of questionable federal cost-benefit analysis of a proposed dam: “The people receiving the benefits are not the people bearing the costs, many of which are public, environment, and cultural.” (h/t WaterWired)
  • The AP’s Ben Neary has been doing great work on entrepreneur Aaron Million’s proposal to pipe water from Wyoming to Colorado’s Front Range cities. Reporting out of Cheyenne, Neary reported this weekend that Million is considering scaling back the project: “Million said he is re-evaluating what would be a reasonable size for the pipeline project. He said he doesn’t have a figure yet of how much water he may apply to take from the river if he reduces his application.”