Hard Choices: Adapting Policy and Management to Water Scarcity

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U.S. Drought Monitor
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August 14, 2012
Valid 7 a.m. EDT

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The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

Released Thursday, August 16, 2012

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/

Author: Michael Brewer/Liz Love-Brotak, NOAA/NESDIS/NCDC

GDP risk (2010-2050) in billions of dollars at a 0% discount rate.

Sources: Henri D. Grissino-Mayer, University of Tennessee, "A 2,129-Year Reconstruction of Precipitation for Northwestern New Mexico, USA," 1996; David M. Anderson, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Climatic Data Center; Graph, Bill Marsh/NYTimes; August 12, 2012

Source: “Water Balance of Global Aquifers Revealed by Groundwater Footprint. Gleeson et al, Nature, Aug. 2012

MAJOR FEDERAL ONGOING WATER SUPPLY PROJECTS IN NEW MEXICO Aamodt Settlement—San Ildefonso, Nambe, Pojoaque, and Tesuque Pueblos and surrounding communities. Regional Water System cost - $106.4 million. Claims Resolution Act of 2010. Abeyta Settlement—Water projects for Taos Pueblo and local water users including acequias. Cost $144 million. Claims Resolution Act of 2010. Animas-La Plata Project – includes the Navajo Nation Municipal Pipeline in NM. Cost estimate $586 million. Colorado Ute Settlement Act of 2000. Jicarilla Apache Rural Water Systems Act –$45 million authorized for water infrastructure. Jicarilla Apache Rural Water Systems Act in 2002. Navajo Indian Irrigation Project –Part of the Colorado River Storage Project, irrigation for the Navajo Agricultural Products Industry (NAPI). Navajo Water Settlement - Navajo Gallup Pipeline to supply the Navajo Nation, Gallup, and Jicarilla Apache Nation. Total cost estimated at $995 million. Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.

Eastern New Mexico Rural Water Project –Ute Reservoir pipeline to Curry and Roosevelt counties to replace Ogallala water. Estimated cost is $500 million. Omnibus Public Land Management Act of 2009.