Record Low Snowpack in Cascades, Sierra Nevada

WASHINGTON, March 11, 2015 – Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the United States Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

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Frog ESA listing to impact water management

Spotted Frog Listing Will Impact Water Management and Irrigation, Agricultural Practices, Development and Livestock Grazing

On August 29, 2014, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (“USFWS”) issued its Final Rule listing the Oregon Spotted Frog as a “Threatened Species” under the Endangered Species Act. The listing is intended to protect the species throughout its range, which extends from extreme southwestern British Columbia south through the Puget Trough and in the Cascade Range from south-central Washington to the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon. The listing will affect property development, irrigation activity, water management and diversions, agricultural practices and livestock grazing. A draft rule designating areas of critical habitat in Oregon and Washington was issued by the USFWS in August, 2013 with a final rule expected by the end of 2014.

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New Research Links Forest Thinning to Water Gains

Effects of Climate Variability and Accelerated Forest Thinning on Watershed-Scale Runoff in Southwestern USA Ponderosa Pine Forests

The recent mortality of up to 20% of forests and woodlands in the southwestern United States, along with declining stream flows and projected future water shortages, heightens the need to understand how management practices can enhance forest resilience and functioning under unprecedented scales of drought and wildfire.

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USFS groundwater directive fails to recognize sole authority of states

U.S. Forest ServiceWestern Governors submitted comments this week to the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) about its proposed directive on groundwater resource management that details why the measure has significant implications for Western states and their groundwater resources.

"This proposed directive was developed without any state consultation of which the Western Governors' Association (WGA) is aware," the letter notes. "We invite the USFS to work through WGA, Western States Water Council, and individual states to facilitate dialogue on ways to improve this (and any future) proposed directive."

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Six False Claims EPA is Making to Hide Water Control Attempt

NCPPRPressReleaseHeaderObama Administration's Proposed Water Regulation Also Would Make the Environmental Protection Agency the "Lord and Master of Private Land," New Analysis Says

Washington, DC - Landowners, homeowners, home builders, construction companies, farmers, ranchers, fruit growers, the forestry and mining industries, and just about everyone else engaged in productive activities in the United States are in the crosshairs of the most far-reaching power grab ever undertaken by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to a new analysis by Bonner Cohen, Ph. D., senior fellow at the National Center for Public Policy Research and senior policy analyst with the Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow.

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