Archive - 2014

December 2nd

December 2, 2014--Colorado aims low in using H2O but won't set target for how low to go (Denver Post)

Water conservationists are calling on Colorado leaders to set a clear target in the state's first water plan: reduce use by 1 percent a year through 2050. But state officials crafting the plan to address a 163 billion gallon projected shortfall are reluctant to commit — even though Gov. John Hickenlooper has called conservation a priority.

December 1st

December 1, 2014--Colorado River Basin to state: Not so fast (Aspen Times)

The Colorado River Basin Roundtable last week pushed back against a perception that Western Slope interests have reached an agreement about a conceptual transmountain diversion, as indicated by a draft of the Colorado Water Plan and recent remarks by James Eklund, the director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

November 30, 2014--Next step in sustainability: Requiring homes to recycle water (Energy Collective)

Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to push the envelope on sustainability by requiring homes to be solar-ready, as part of Mayor Rex Parris’ goal of becoming a net-zero city.

November 30, 2014--A call for conservation (Pueblo Chieftain)

Environmental groups see a new direction for Colorado water development based on comments on the state water plan in the past year. “We heard loud and clear from the comments from people all over the state that conservation is needed,” said Bart Miller, water program director for Western Resource Advocates.

November 29, 2014--January-October 2014 temperatures highest on record (Science Daily)

The global average temperature over land and ocean surfaces for January to October 2014 was the highest on record, according to the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It said October was the hottest since records began in 1880.

November 29, 2014--A bill to protect Hermosa Creek has only weeks left to pass Congress (Denver Post)

Colorado lawmakers are racing the clock to pass a bipartisan wilderness bill that would protect wide swaths of the Hermosa Creek region, in the southwest corner of the state. The measure is in a strong position after a key U.S.

November 28, 2014--China turns to drastic measures to avoid water crisis (CBS News)

The Yongding River, which once fed Beijing, ran dry along with 27,000 other rivers in China that have disappeared due to industrialization, dams and drought. "Some of the large parts of the north China plane may suffer severe water shortages," said environmentalist Ma Jun.

November 28, 2014--In Wyoming, governor doesn't want to let water leave state (Billings Gazette)

Every spring, John Joyce watches as thousands of gallons of water in the Nowood River rush by his ranch in northern Wyoming. It’s water that eventually moves into the Bighorn, Yellowstone, Missouri and Mississippi rivers before dumping into the Gulf of Mexico.

November 28, 2014--Human-induced nitrogen pollution impacts oceans (Business Standard)

Human activity, particularly in industrial and agricultural processes, has had significant impacts on the upper ocean nitrogen cycle, a new study has warned.