Political map / weather map

WEATHER is wild. Water policy is dictated by state. This map is as quick an explanation as any as to why congressional delegates from California and Oregon are pushing for a Comprehensive Integrated Water Policy, to be headed by a water czar. More on that after reading a wad of water and energy bills that passed this week and trying to figure out what is happening in the absence of a water czar, or if a water czar would bring any over-arching reason to these bills and their spend-a-thon.

In the meantime, to be taken to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, click on the heat wave in Oregon.

To be taken to the weekly drought map, a new version of which was published Thursday, click here.

This post has been updated on Friday, July 31st, to account for the delay in reporting on the import of

Frogs and congressmen

THE “National Water Policy Event” held this last Tuesday and Wednesday shall receive due comment when the various presentations have been through the de-spin cycle.

But in a quick trip to Washington DC and nearby Virginia this week to hear congressmen, commissioners and rival Western utility heads intone about water, not one speaker matched the eloquence of the frogs chorusing from the lily pads in the all but forgotten garden of Ira Noel Gabrielson.

Gabrielson was the first director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.