This week, anchor Brock Yordy walks us through options the Department of Interior recently presented to Colorado River Compact states. In our safety segment, we talk about mental health for drilling and other construction professionals.

When it comes to anything water related, Yordy urges drillers and other folks in the groundwater industry to help guide solutions, since drought isn’t limited to the Western United States.

“How are we going to work on drought resiliency?” He asks. “Groundwater. How are we going to help the Colorado Compact States? Groundwater.”

This episode covers:

  • Mental health awareness for construction professionals
  • Discussing mental health at work
  • Department of Energy funding for geothermal heat-pump production
  • Saudi-backed alfalfa project rejected in Arizona
  • Growing water-intensive feed crops for export during drought
  • Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS)
  • Explaining the Department of Interior’s three plans for the Colorado River Compact and western droughts
  • How recent “atmospheric rivers” and snows affect western droughts

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