Archive - Apr 2015


April 30th

April 29, 2015--New Colorado water rights transfer allows farmers to irrigate, then profit by leaving water in the stream (Steamboat Today)

The Colorado Water Trust and a state water agency have unveiled a creative new way for agricultural water rights holders to be compensated for sharing their water to meet conservation goals. The Water Trust is the same not-for-profit conservation organization that facilitated healthy flows in the Steamboat town stretch of the Yampa River during the drought seasons of 2012 and 2013.

April 29th

April 28, 2015--Fish in the Animas aren’t going hungry (Durango Herald)

There are fewer fish locally in the Animas River than there used to be, but the populations are not likely wanting for food.  A study of bugs, specifically macroinvertebrates, recently completed found a wide variety of species, including many that are sensitive to pollution, said Scott Roberts, an aquatic biologist with Ecosphere Environmental Services.

April 27th

April 27, 2015--Extreme weather already on increase due to climate change, study finds (Guardian)

Extreme heatwaves and heavy rain storms are already happening with increasing regularity worldwide because of manmade climate change, according to new research. Global warming over the last century means heat extremes that previously only occurred once every 1,000 days are happening four to five times more often, the study published in Nature Climate Change said.

April 26th

April 25, 2015--Changes in water vapor and clouds are amplifying global warming (Guardian)

A new paper currently in press shines light on climate feedbacks and the balance of energy flows to and from the Earth. The paper was published by Kevin Trenberth, Yongxin Zhang, John Fasullo, and Shoichi Taguchi. In this study, the authors ask and answer a number of challenging questions.

April 24th

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.