Archive - 2012

November 29th

November 27, 2012--Recreation projects get thumbs up (Durango Herald)

The Durango Planning Commission on Monday took a preliminary step toward annexing Lake Nighthorse while also improving access to an existing recreational area by recommending conceptual approval for an 18-space parking lot for the Horse Gulch trailhead near the Sonic Drive-In.

November 27, 2012--Sea levels rising faster than IPCC projections (Science Daily)

 Sea levels are rising 60 percent faster than the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change's (IPCC) central projections, new research suggests.

November 27, 2012--Using the All-American Canal for another nation's benefit (Los Angeles Times)

What's in a name? When it comes to the All-American Canal, apparently everything. Built in the 1930s, the 80-mile-long canal brings water from the Colorado River to the farmland of the Imperial Valley, transforming a rocky desert in California's southeast corner into one of the world's most bountiful agricultural regions.

November 27, 2012--US EPA updates recreational water quality criteria (Enviornmental News Network)

The EPA has recommended new recreational water quality criteria that will help protect peoples' health during visits to beaches and other waters.

November 27th

November 26, 2012--Colorado: Snowpack shrinking (Summit Voice)

In a concerning sign for water managers, Colorado’s snowpack is shrinking at a time of year when it usually grows steadily. Through late November, the statewide snowpack is tracking well below the historic average and just barely above the all-time minimum. Late fall and early winter snow tends to freeze into a solid base layer that melts slowly in the spring to sustain spring runoff.

November 25, 2012--Holding down the cost of fires in the West (Denver Post)

The struggle of American settlers to overcome the occasional ravages of Mother Nature — floods, hurricanes, wildfires, and other massive natural events — is an end

November 26th

November 24, 2012--Forests worldwide near tipping-point from drought (Environmental News Network)

Forests worldwide are at "equally high risk" to die-off from drought conditions, warns a new study published this week in the journal Nature. The study, conducted by an international team of scientists, assessed the specific physiological effects of drought on 226 tree species at 81 sites in different biomes around the world.

November 23, 2012--Water wins (High Country News)

Water agencies in three Western states will soon be trading money for water with Mexico, after officials signed a pact Tuesday updating the terms of the 1944 agreement that dictates what portion of Colorado River water our southern neighbor receives each year.

November 22, 2012--Telluride, Idarado poised to resolve Bridal Veil water dispute (Telluride Watch)

Few were present in the Telluride Town Council’s meeting chambers last Tuesday, Nov. 20, for perhaps the most momentous agenda item of the entire year  – the unveiling of a pending comprehensive settlement agreement regarding the Bridal Veil water system between the Idarado Mining Company and the Town of Telluride.

November 22, 2012--The war on New Mexico's water (High Country News)

As residents of the West, each of us keeps, either consciously or not, a checklist of those things that make our lives here worthwhile. Some of those things add to our quality of life, like cultural diversity and breathtaking landscapes. Others, like clean water, fall more into the necessities of life category. Without clean water, we don't drink, we don't eat, and everything collapses.