It's been said that the wars of the 21st century may well be fought over water. The Earth's population has more than doubled over the last 50 years and the demand for fresh water -- to drink and to grow food -- has surged along with it. But sources of water like rainfall, rivers, streams, reservoirs, certainly haven't doubled. So where is all that extra water coming from? More and more, it's being pumped out of the ground.
Water experts say groundwater is like a savings account -- something you draw on in times of need. But savings accounts need to be replenished, and there is new evidence that so much water is being taken out, much of the world is in danger of a groundwater overdraft.
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The U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency announced that federal disaster aid has been made available to the State of Texas and ordered federal aid to supplement state, tribal, and local recovery efforts in the area affected by severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding during the period beginning on May 4, 2015 and continuing.
The President's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in Harris, Hays, and Van Zandt counties.
Assistance can include grants for temporary housing and home repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other programs to help individuals and business owners recover from the effects of the disaster.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by the recent severe storms, straight-line winds, tornadoes and flooding in Oklahoma are urged to register with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), as they may be eligible for disaster assistance.
“We are relieved to have FEMA assistance for three Oklahoma counties hard hit by storms that began in early May,” said Deputy Director of the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management and State Coordinating Officer (SCO) Michelann Ooten. “We encourage everyone impacted by the storms and tornadoes to contact FEMA as soon as possible as we work to bring assistance to additional counties as well.”
The presidential disaster declaration of May 26 makes federal assistance available to eligible individuals and business owners in Cleveland, Grady and Oklahoma counties.
WARNER SPRINGS (CBS 8) - San Diego County Sheriff's investigators recovered the body of a male victim in the case of the missing Southern California couple found in the remote back country of the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation.
The San Diego County Medical Examiner's Office is now in possession of the body and will confirm the male's identity, as well as determining the cause and manner of death.
The San Diego County Sheriff's Department reported Sunday, May 24 that Dianna Bedwell, 67, and a man believed to be her deceased husband, Cecil Paul Knutson, 79, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, were found in the 3100 block of Chichuahua Valley Road at Lost Valley Boy Scouts Camp in Warner Springs.