Houston Residents Blame City for Dam-Related Flooding

A week after Hurricane Harvey saturated Houston with historic rainfall and as neighborhoods in the western part of the city are still underwater, residents claim in a class action that governmental mismanagement of two dams is to blame for the flooding that’s forced them to evacuate their homes.

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With a Lot of Help, Chinook Salmon Return to the San Joaquin River

In California’s Central Valley, dusty dry riverbeds fill with water that for decades has been diverted for farmers and cities. Hatchery-reared salmon – bred with taxpayer funds – are being reintroduced in hopes of rebooting ancient populations that disappeared in the 1940s, casualties of California’s ceaseless search for new water sources. The San Joaquin River, the state’s second largest, is primed for its comeback.

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Climate Change Wreaking Havoc on the West’s Key Water Supplies

Fears over how climate change will manifest itself in the United States typically center on coastal areas, where predictions of a rising sea prompt predictions about disappearing beaches from Los Angeles to Miami to the Jersey Shore. But two recent studies make the case that the American West and its precarious water supply represents the true canary in the coal mine when it comes to the disaster of climate change.

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