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News and Opinion

Coverage of river basins since November 8, 2023.

The water gets hotter and the frog just sits there

"...We already know that the climate threat will largely express itself through the hydrological cycle. Canada needs greater federal leadership on water because adapting to climate change requires national water solutions that bring together provincial, local and Indigenous jurisdictions. The proposed Canada Water Agency is a start but we need much more..."

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Climate change, cost and competition for water drive settlement over tribal rights to Colorado River

"...Negotiating terms outlined late Wednesday include water rights not only for the Navajo Nation but the neighboring Hopi and San Juan Southern Paiute tribes in the northeastern corner of the state. The water would come from a mix of sources: the Colorado River that serves seven western states, the Little Colorado River, and aquifers and washes on tribal lands..."

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White House, tribal leaders hail

"...The plan, announced in December, stopped short of calling for the removal of four controversial dams on the Snake River, as some environmental groups and tribal leaders have urged. But officials said it would boost clean energy production and help offset hydropower, transportation and other benefits provided by the dams should Congress ever agree to breach them..."

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Nearly half of the worlds migratory species are in decline, UN report says

"...Many songbirds, sea turtles, whales, sharks and other migratory animals move to different environments with changing seasons and are imperiled by habitat loss, illegal hunting and fishing, pollution and climate change..."

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Drought-weary Alberta opens water-sharing talks with large users

"...There are currently 51 water shortage advisories in the province. River basins from north to south face critical water shortages from low precipitation. The Oldman River in the south is down to about a third of its normal flow..."

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Alberta government opens water-sharing talks CityNews Calgary

"...That work will be going on all over Alberta as the province faces slow desiccation.  Alberta is heavily dependent on precipitation for its water supply, but Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada says the entire province is under at least a moderate drought, with large sections of the south under extreme and exceptionally dry conditions.  ..."

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Alberta government to begin water-sharing negotiations amid risk of severe drought Globalnews.ca

"...In a letter to water licence holders, Schulz asked them to voluntarily take less water in order to ensure there is water available for as many users as possible. “Drought is something our farmers and ranchers have experienced before,” said Minister of Agriculture and Irrigation RJ Sigurdson. Based on that experience, our irrigators and agricultural producers have done an amazing job to manage their operations during tough times..."

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Flood watch issued on B.C.'s South Coast as atmospheric river approaches

"..."Current forecasting is indicating the strongest atmospheric river event making landfall on Monday, with the potential for additional rainfall in the middle of next week. "..."

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After three devastating years of drought, theres no future for our farm

"...Numbers have modestly recovered since, but that recovery is imperilled now by years of severe drought. Water is everything to a farmer, and without rain and snowpack melting into river basins, crops suffer and cattle have nothing to graze. The drought in 2021 was reportedly just as devastating as the Dirty Thirties, when my grandpa nearly lost everything in the dust bowl..."

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Alberta government takes action to reduce impacts of drought Globalnews.ca

"...The government said that parts of the province have experienced drought and water shortages for the past three years and this year will be no different. With less snowfall this season, the province is concerned that rivers and reservoirs are below normal levels. John Pomeroy, University of Saskatchewan professor and Canada research chair in water resources and climate change, earlier this month confirmed those fears..."

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Climate change: Intensity of ongoing drought in Syria, Iraq and Iran not rare anymore

"...Large parts of Iraq, Iran and Syria have been gripped by an intense drought for years. Low rainfall and high temperatures have caused crops to fail and driven water shortages across the region, pushing millions of people into food insecurity..."

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Informative Video

Discussions, Documentaries, and Investigative Reports about river basins.

Learn to use Rivers.Alberta

"...The Alberta River Basins webpage at Rivers. Alberta. ca is your source of find information on stream flows, precipitation, snow pack data and flooding advisories..."

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Mr. Bruce Knight: Catalyzing a National Ecosystem Services Market

"...Knight explains the history of the Ecosystem Services Market Consortium (ESMC) and details how ecosystem service markets can add incentives to motivate farmers and ranchers to improve soil health..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health (updated)

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Ms. Pipa Elias: Non-Operator Landowners – Opportunities for Engagement on Soil Health

"...Elias joined The Nature Conservancy in 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor for land use and climate change and has published more than a dozen reports on sustainable forestry and agriculture related to climate mitigation..."

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Academic Research

Recent peer-reviewed papers about river basins relevant to the latest news.

Hydrologic Response to Future Climate Change in the Dulong-Irrawaddy River Basin Based on Coupled Model Intercomparison Project

"...Moreover, the magnitude and frequency of flood events are predicted to escalate, potentially impacting hydropower production and food security significantly..."

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Characterization and Propagation of Historical and Projected Droughts in the Umatilla River Basin, Oregon, USA

"...Climate change is expected to have long-term impacts on drought and wildfire risks in Oregon as summers continue to become warmer and drier..."

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Streamflow projection under CMIP6 climate scenarios using a support vector regression: a case study of the Kurau River Basin of

"...CMIP6 is an updated and improved Global Climate Models (GCMs) for the exploration of the specific impacts of changing streamflow patterns for improved water management in agricultural areas..."

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Evaluating flood potential in the Mahanadi River Basin, India, using Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) data and t

"...Extreme flood events have been recorded recently in the Mahanadi River basin in India with a high destructive potential that causes large social and economic damages..."

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Spatio-temporal modeling of rangeland degradation in response to changing environment in the Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin, Ken

"...Increased rangeland detrimental effects led the present research to model the severity of rangeland degradation in the Upper Ewaso Ngiro River Basin (UENRB) in Kenya between 1986 and 2021 and predict the future scenario for 2031..."

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The Impacts of Agricultural Water Pricing on Sustainable Agricultural Production

"...Regarding the relationship between value, resources, and environmental issues, how to use the principle of economic leverage to manage the demand for agricultural water resources has received increasing research attention..."

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Response of stream water quality to the vegetation patterns on arid slope: a case study of Huangshui River basin

"...Those results revealed the response of stream water quality to vegetation patterns on the slope with the consideration of precipitation, land use, and socio-economic factors for the regional water and land resource allocation..."

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Mainstreaming nature-based solutions through five forms of scaling: Case of the Kiiminkijoki River basin, Finland

"...Nature-based solutions (NBS) are considered as means to tackle climate change and biodiversity loss while simultaneously enhancing human well-being..."

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Flood susceptibility mapping through geoinformatics and ensemble learning methods, with an emphasis on the AdaBoost-Decision Tr

"...The analytical framework incorporated a spectrum of influential parameters, encompassing Elevation, Slope, Aspect, Rainfall, land use, Vegetation Differentiation Index (NDVI), Soil Hydrology Groups, Proximity to the River, Distance from Landslides, Topographic Wetness Index (TWI), Stream Power Index (SPI), and Sediment Transport Index (STI) for spatial modeling..."

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A novel framework for peak flow estimation in the himalayan river basin by integrating SWAT model with machine learning based a

"...The accurate and reliable simulation and prediction of runoff in the Beas River Basin are becoming more and more important due to the increased uncertainty posed by climate change, which is making it difficult to manage water resources efficiently..."

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A new interpretable streamflow prediction approach based on SWAT-BiLSTM and SHAP

"...Accurate streamflow prediction plays a significant role in water resource management and assessing the impacts of climate change..."

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Monitoring and Evaluating the Severity of Drought-flood Abrupt Alternation Events Using Daily Standardized Precipitation Index

"...A drought-flood abrupt alternation (DFAA) event is an extreme combination of an overlapping drought and flood resulting in adverse impacts on ecosystems and human society..."

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