Protestor at Firebaugh water rally

A protestor holds a sign at a 2014 water rally in Firebaugh, Calif.

10 must-read western drought stories - June 3

Here's a bit of what others are saying about water, agriculture and the drought around the West.

Moby on California drought: ‘The way we’re living is stupid’ Musician/activist weighs on in California’s water issues in this Rolling Stone piece.

Six things Moby gets wrong about California farming: The California Farm Water coalition responds to Moby’s misstatements on California agriculture.

Our water-guzzling food factory: Perhaps the author needs to hike California farm country instead of the Pacific Crest Trail if he wants a true view of how the drought is impacting California.

How water technology can help farmers survive California’s drought: It comes as no surprise to farmers that technology is important to their sustainability. Fortune does a straight-forward job of pointing out how agriculture and technology can grow together.

California drought: Farmer’s ‘senior’ water rights under siege: The latest ‘enemy’ of the California drought – if you listen to the media – is the senior water rights holder.

Past thinking about California’s water may still bear pointers for future: Stanislaus County, Calif. Supervisor Vito Chiesa says California needs bold thinking and actions to address water crisis.

Was Australia’s 10-year megadrought a teaching moment for California? Apparently not if you believe the story that Californians use an average of 110 gallons of water per day and the average Australian only 40 gallons. Still, this is an interesting story on the differences between Australia and California and how California has possibly not learned its lesson.

California’s largest lake is slipping away amid an epic drought: Fears of the Salton Sea drying up include the likelihood of  poor air quality from wind-blown particulates. A similar example is already evident with Owens Lake a few hundred miles north and what happened after Los Angeles built the aqueduct and diverted water south.

Compared to the rest of the Colorado Basin, Tucson looks good, water-use wise: Tucson, Ariz. seems to be using much less water per capita than many of its western neighbors.

Feds project Lake Mead below drought trigger point in 2017: Water intake pipes used to supply Lake Mead’s ‘liquid gold’ to Arizona and Nevada are now above the water line as lake sits at about 37 percent of capacity. Bureau of Reclamation still in ‘wait-and-see’ mode on water cuts to the states.

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