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Tuesday, May 13, 2014
The oil boom of the southwestern United States has rapidly transformed Hobbs, New Mexico and other once-sleepy towns into the stereotypical boom towns. But the environmental impacts are acute in one of the most water-stressed regions of New Mexico.
Thursday, April 03, 2014
Harper's contributing editor Christopher Ketcham reports on the dying Colorado River, which has been diverted by a series of dams to supply water to the parched Southwest. Ketcham talks about rafting down the river from Utah to Arizona with an environmentalist and the water manager for the city of Denver—two men with dramatically opposed views on how this precious resource should be used. A solution must be found, though, because neither the cities of the Southwest nor California agriculture can ultimately survive if the river runs dry. His article "Razing Arizona" is in the April 2014 issue of Harper's.
Monday, February 03, 2014
A sandy drought has swept across California and is now threatening the state’s drinking water supply. The drips are coming to an end and people have been given notice all over the state to expect their supplies to be turned off soon. The main municipal water distribution system has announced it doesn't have enough water to supplement local supplies—so for the first time in history the spigot is being turned off. Dan Macon owns the Flying Mule Farm in Auburn, CA joins The Takeaway to discuss this punishing drought.
Monday, January 27, 2014
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Thursday, August 29, 2013
A 70-year-old treaty between the U.S. and Mexico is supposed to keep the waters of the Rio Grande River flowing between the bordering states. But in a time when the rains can longer be relied upon, Mexico has fallen behind on its part of the deal. Monica Ortiz Uribe, a senior field correspondent for Fronteras, went down to Chihuahua to find out more about this battle for water and shares her findings with The Takeaway.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
In Austin, Texas, a drought has plagued residents for five years. Now there is an initiative to replant parts of the city with “native” or “drought-resistant” plants that better suit the city's rocky ecology. These drought-resistant plants would also save water in the future. To stay green, Austin is willing to parch it's many lawns for a greater community good. Joy Diaz, reporter for KUT in Austin, Texas, explains.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Magdaelna, a village in Socorro County New Mexico has a small population of around 1000 people. This month, the town ran out of water. Residents only had 24 hours of notice before the tap water was turned off. Fronteras reporter Monica Ortiz Uribe went to Magdalena and got a chance to speak to the locals about the drought. She joins us today from Las Cruces, New Mexico.