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April 24th, 2015

April 24, 2015--Oil and gas drilling is consuming millions of acres of US farmland: Study (International Business Times)

As oil and gas drilling ramps up in the central U.S. and Canada, the region is losing an increasing amount of cropland, ranches and forests to industrial activities. In recent years, huge swaths of the Great Plains have given way to well sites, oil pads, parking lots and gravel roads that service the energy industry, researchers say.


April 24, 2015--The Grand Canyon's lost battle paves way for uranium mining (Men's Journal)

On April 7, a U.S. federal judge in Arizona denied a request to halt new uranium mining at a private site six miles from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. The decision came on the exact day the national non-profit American Rivers named the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon the "Most Endangered River" of 2015.


April 24, 2015--Savage drought will drive Lake Mead to record low on Sunday (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

Sunday’s forecast for Lake Mead calls for breezy conditions, with a high in the low 80s and a water level as low as it has been in 78 years. The reservoir east of Las Vegas is expected to reach a new record low this weekend and continue downward another 7 feet through June, as the drought-stricken Colorado River withers from its 12th dry year since 2000.


April 24, 2015--Colorado River water shortage: Rural areas would be hit harder than cities (Casa Grande Dispatch)

Arizona’s communities, industries, mines and Native American tribes aren’t likely to be affected during the next five years if federal officials declare a shortage on the Colorado River, officials said Wednesday.


April 23rd

April 23, 2015--Federal report finds major increase in earthquake activity in Colorado (Denver Business Journal)

Colorado is among a number of states that the U.S. Department of Interior found has increased seismic activity, according to the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Model report released Wednesday. The report points to the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations into the ground as being a major cause of the uptick in earthquakes.


April 23, 2015--Climate: World’s highest mountain areas warming swiftly (Summit Voice)

After one of the mildest winters on record in the Colorado high country, it may come as no surprise to hear that the world’s highest mountains may be warming much faster than than the global average — and faster than previously thought.


April 21st

April 21, 2015--County water in decline (Durango Herald)

Groundwater is on the decline in certain parts of La Plata County, and more infrastructure is needed to bring water to rural residents and business before they run out, according to the La Plata County Water Advisory Commission’s draft policy bulletins. For the past year, the commission has worked to assess the county’s water supply and infrastructure needs. “Water i


April 20th

April 20, 2015--'One water' can solve many supply problems (Green Biz)

Why do we make a water shortage worse by carving it into separate problems? Current events in California are drawing attention to the current and projected gap between water supply and demand projections.

April 19, 2015--Automatic water meters coming to Cortez (Cortez Journal)

Funding is in place for the City of Cortez to embark on a $1.2 million replacement of more than 3,000 manually read water meters with automated meters. Mayor Karen Sheek and City Council approved loan and grant funds from the Colorado Water Conservation Board at the April 14 council meeting.


April 18, 2015--Booming cities, taxed rivers, and tumbleweeds frame Colorado's water plans (Colorado Public Radio)

On a recent Friday, farmer Dale Mauch climbed down into a dry ditch of the Fort Lyon Canal, which feeds Arkansas River water to his farm. He explained that two days ago, this ditch in Prowers County was clear of weeds. Then a cold front moved in. “In 10 minutes, it can do this,” he said, standing near tumbleweeds that come up to his chest.