High good, low bad: Mead in January 2013

Lake Mead hovered at around 1,122.39 feet, or roughly 53% full at the close of January, 2013, more than 55 feet lower than the comparable January closing in 2002, the year when it was finally recognized that a long term dry spell was about to grip the Colorado River system.

When war zones look like home

California gardens contain many of the Mediterranean natives that most Americans only see in war footage and read about in cookbooks or the Bible or Quaran. A Timber Press book gives us the biblical and Quran references for figs, dates, laurel, myrrh and more.

In praise of ‘Aqua Blog Maven’

Founding editor Chris Austin has stepped aside as compiler of the California water news feed "Aquafornia."

Reddit Water

As the stunningly sad news of the death of Reddit collaborator Aaron Swartz registers, this is a bow to the information-sharing service Reddit Water. If you don’t know about it, try it.


State of the Climate 2012

2012 marked the warmest year on record for the contiguous United States