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2008-09-26 21:00:17

By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Seven southern counties are experiencing a moderate drought as West Virginia's fall forest fire season approaches. The U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday shows the worst conditions are in Lincoln, Logan, McDowell, Mercer, Mingo, Wayne and Wyoming counties. All or portions of 33 other counties have abnormally dry conditions. Rain is expected to bring some relief today, although the National Weather Service says the most significant amounts are expected to...

2008-09-23 15:00:17

The Department of Water Resources will hold a workshop in Santa Rosa on October 9, 2008, to summarize current water conditions and preparations for the possibility that 2009 may be a dry year. The workshop will begin at 10 am; location information and the agenda are below. Santa Rosa State Building 50 D Street, room 410 Santa Rosa Opening remarks & statewide water conditions Meteorological...

2008-09-19 09:00:20

By Stephen Speckman Deseret News The past few wet winters have been good to arid Utah, but history has proven that drought conditions will be here again, and the Utah Foundation wants to warn people about wasting water. A foundation report released Thursday said that over a 29-year period, Utah was the second driest state in the nation. Nevada was the driest from 1971 to 2000, receiving less precipitation than any other state. In Utah, two thirds of all nonpotable and potable water...

2008-09-10 09:00:24

By JANIE BRYANT By Janie Bryant The Virginian-Pilot PORTSMOUTH The City Council voted Tuesday night to set aside almost $1.4 million to buy water from Norfolk if drought conditions worsen. Portsmouth spent a little more than $1.3 million on emergency water during last year's drought, according to Jim Spacek, the city's director of public works and utilities. The current dry spell is similar to last year's, he said before Tuesday's meeting. Beyond that, it's hard to forecast, he...

2008-09-08 15:00:33

By MORGAN, Jon Two Wairarapa farmers have found a way to turn winter rain into life-giving summer irrigation. -------------------- IT'S HOSING down in Wairarapa. Rivers are threatening to burst their banks, great lakes of water are pooling on the pastures and everything -- sheep, cattle, men and dogs -- are splattered in mud. But Ed Beetham and Mike Southey are smiling -- for them, the rainwater is money in the bank. The chances are that in just six months the sodden scenery will have...

2008-09-05 06:00:10

By Mike Taugher SACRAMENTO -- Fearing next year could bring a worsening drought, state water officials on Thursday said they would create the first drought water bank in California since the early 1990s. The bank would allow water users, primarily in the Sacramento Valley, to sell water to drier regions of the state, from the Bay Area to San Diego. Following two dry years, key reservoirs such as Shasta Reservoir and Lake Oroville are at only about half their normal levels for this time...

2008-09-04 18:00:14

The Association of California Water Agencies (ACWA) today praised creation of a 2009 Drought Water Bank to help alleviate water shortages and assist with meeting local water needs in a potential third year of drought. The California Department of Water Resources announced creation of the water bank at a statewide Drought Summit today. The summit included state and local water officials as well as ACWA and other water organizations. Participants heard the latest on drought conditions and...

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2008-09-02 13:20:00

The Australian government's top water official said on Tuesday that drought in Australia's main food growing region of the Murray-Darling river system has worsened, with water inflows over the past two years at an all-time low. Irrigated crops such as rice, grapes and horticulture are expected to be hit the hardest by the drought, but it would have less impact on output of wheat, which depends largely on rainfall during specific periods and is on track to double after two years of shrunken...

2008-08-29 15:00:30

Heavy rain from Tropical Storm Fay delivered relief to North Carolina but not enough to end the state's drought, scientists said. Jerard Bales, director of the U.S. Geological Survey North Carolina Water Science Center, said the record-breaking drought is far from over. "Despite the currently high stream flows, effects of the drought likely will linger, as ground-water levels have not returned to normal," Bales said Friday in a statement. "Moreover, the intensity of the storms resulted in...

2008-08-28 03:00:36

The creek that runs across the eighth hole at Countryside Golf Club in Roanoke was dry Monday evening. The remnants of Tropical Storm Fay might have provided some water to it temporarily, but recent rain will not end the drought that lingers over Southwest Virginia. So Rocky Mount officials this week imposed mandatory conservation. The town's water source, the Blackwater River, hit a historic low Monday. It's not alone. Both the Roanoke and New rivers are flowing far below historic levels...


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Desertification
2013-04-02 09:46:56

Desertification is a form of land degradation in which a comparatively dry land area becomes more and more arid, normally losing its bodies of water along with its wildlife and vegetation. This is a result of a variety of factors, such as climate change and human activities. Desertification is an important global, ecological, and environmental issue. There is substantial controversy over the proper definition of the term “desertification”. The most broadly accepted of these is that of...

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