The week that was, May 15-21, 2016

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Upper Colorado River. USGS

So much for the long-assumed notion that groundwater can be used as a get-out-of-jail-free card when rivers are over-drafted. Click on the image from the USGS for the survey’s study showing that as much as half of the streamflow in the Upper Colorado River Basin originates as groundwater.

“I thought it was too long, and just a piano and voice.” — Paul Simon on “Bridge over Troubled Water,” Paul Simon has never stood still, Belfast Telegraph, 5/19/16

 The nation’s largest man-made reservoir slipped to a new record low sometime after 7 p.m. Wednesday, and forecasters from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation expect see its surface drop another 2 feet through the end of June. — Lake Mead hits record low, Las Vegas Review Journal, 5/18/16

“We use water just as others in industry use water to make foods, drinks and manufactured products.” — Jane Lazgin, Nestlé Waters North America spokeswoman, Oregon Ban on Commercial Water Bottling Could Leave Industry High and Dry, Wall Street Journal, 5/20/16

It could eat everything around and then walk overland to another water body to do it again. — Fearsome ‘frankenfish’ now called ‘pork of the Potomac,’ Chesapeake Bay Journal, 5/19/16

BSO rehearshing Tan Dun's Water Music

Click on the photo for more from the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra about Tan Dun’s Water Music.

There’s purpose and beauty to each splish-splash of a water drum or each shifting vibration from a gong being lowered into water. — Storgards makes brilliant BSO debut, Baltimore Sun, 5/21/16

It risks the people still working hard to conserve water looking at their neighbors who aren’t conserving water and thinking, ‘What’s going on here?'” — Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute, California Board allows water districts to set their own water conservation targets, Los Angeles Times, 5/19/16

So I put it to a leader in the environmentally minded anti-diversion coalition, Ezra Meyer of Clean Wisconsin: How do you make the case to the governors that they should reject the findings of their own designees and just say no to Waukesha? — Ron Meador’s Earth journal, With Minnesota abstaining, Waukesha’s bid for Great Lakes water moves ahead, MinnPost, 5/19/16 

Oceanic Nino IndexOceanic Nino index keyLa Niña is favored to develop during the Northern Hemisphere summer 2016, with about a 75% chance of La Niña during the fall and winter 2016- 17. — NOAA Climate Prediction Center Update, 5/16/16

“The project is based on the idea of diverting water from where it is surplus to dry areas but there has been no scientific study yet on which places have more water and which ones less.”– India to ‘divert rivers’ to tackle drought, BBC, 5/16/16

The plan is still much more of a wish list than a plan to address what we’ll actually need, especially in time of severe drought. Environment Texas Comments on New State 50 Year Water Plan, 5/19/16

“It will rain in the next two or three days, I promise you. I even prayed to the spirit of King Mengrai.” — Thai district chief Bhubesr Julayanont, El Nino Wreaks Havoc across Southeast Asia, Wall Street Journal, 5/19/16

“Do you want to really turn the ocean into the next industrial site?” — Henry Curtis, executive director of Life of the Land, Companies propose deep water wind farms off Hawaii shores, Associated Press, 5/16/16

“To simply put it, the problem is more water is coming into the lakes than leaving.” Keith Kompoltowicz, chief of watershed hydrology for the Army Corps of Engineers in Detroit, Beaches shrinking as Lake Michigan rises to near-record levelChicago Tribune, 5/17/16

“We are many people all drinking with many straws from the same glass.” — Farmer Alvaro Nieto, Prosperous Mexican Farms Suck Up Water, Leaving Villages High and Dry, New York Times, 5/2o/16

“Your irresponsible actions, evidenced over decades of neglect, and the duplicitous skirting of your stated corporate responsibilities, have been driven by ‘liabilities on your balance sheet,'” —  Long Island water districts criticize Northrop Grumman over contamination, Newsday, 5/20/16

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