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Holy cotton bales: ProPublica article missed the mark

Holy cotton bales: ProPublica article missed the mark

ProPublica, a journal that purports to produce investigative journalism in the public interest, has published a series of articles under the term: “Killing the Colorado.” Its first article is entitled “Holy Crop – How Federal Dollars Are Financing the Water Crisis in the West” (May 27). At the heart of this odd article is the notion that cotton subsidies, as provided to Arizona cotton farmers under the federal farm programs, are the culprit in the declining levels of the Colorado River. Well, this is just palpable nonsense.

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Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Less Than Zero: Despite decades of accepted science, California and Arizona are still miscounting their water supplies

Drawing groundwater from near a stream can suck that stream dry. In turn, using all the water in streams and rivers lessens their ability to replenish the aquifers beneath them. Yet California and Arizona -- the two states water experts say are facing the most severe water crises -- continue to count and regulate groundwater and surface water as if they were entirely separate.

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