Rafael Reyes on Saturday, 09 June 2007 00:00
Definitely in the 'bad news' category. Even as a few voices out there continue to deny this is happening, water shortages in the West are becoming real.
With snowfall diminishing at "statistically significant" rates, spring runoff coming earlier and a dead zone the size of Rhode Island in the ocean off the Oregon coast, senators were told Wednesday that global climate change is already being felt in the West.
Dam operators, water district managers, farmers, conservationists and scientists all predicted mounting problems as scarce water supplies dwindle further in an area stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the desert Southwest.
More in the SJ Mercury.