EARTH Magazine: A Dry and Ravaged Land: Investigating Water Resources in Afghanistan

Since early 2002, American geoscientists have been working in Afghanistan to help the country develop reliable water supplies. Recent developments have included re-establishing the hydrologic expertise of Afghan scientists and creating local and national groundwater monitoring networks as well as a national climatic network. With the population expected to increase by 80 percent by the year 2050, all factors point to water being one of the most critical national needs.

Senate committee releases draft of Interior and Environment appropriations report

U.S. Capitol

The Senate Committee on Appropriations released a committee report to accompany their Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies appropriations bill on August 1. Committee reports allow legislators to make their views on funding levels public at a time when the Senate appropriations process has come to a halt, and it is unclear whether specific appropriations bills will be voted on in committee and on the Senate floor.


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