Archive - 2015

December 21st

December 21, 2015--Colorado River states warned by feds to find a water fix (Arizona Daily Star)

For the second time in a decade, the feds are warning that if water interests in Arizona, California and Nevada can’t find a fix for the Colorado River’s problems, the interior secretary will find it for them. Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor implied that was the department’s position in a talk Friday to hundreds of water officials, farmers and others gathered in

December 20, 2015--La Plata County tests for elements not previously sampled at Gold King Mine (Durango Herald)

An independent analysis of sediment at the Gold King Mine adit found trace amounts of uranium isotopes, but at levels far below typical screening thresholds. The study was done in September by Wright Water Engineers on behalf of La Plata County government.

December 19, 2015--State official who clashed with EPA over mine spill resigns (Associated Press)

Colorado's top environmental official is stepping down, months after he clashed with federal authorities over a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine in southwest Colorado. Mike King's resignation was announced Thursday. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources had led the agency since 2010. King clashed with the U.S.

December 18, 2015--For enviro groups, Gold King spill intensifies mission (Durango Herald)

Though the Animas River has returned to its normal shades of blue, not all has returned to normal since last summer’s Gold King Mine spill. For a handful of local environmental groups, operations have vastly changed since the national spotlight turned on Southwest Colorado on Aug.

December 17, 2015--Gold King talks launched, locals seek voice and EPA funding proof (Denver Post)

More than four months after the Gold King blowout, toxic orange-hued waste still drains into headwaters of the Animas River — and some residents want the Environmental Protection Agency to consider draining a plugged nearby mine to enable a better cleanup. "Then we could go in and mine it again," said Silverton resident and f

December 16, 2015--Water monitoring plans may bring Four Corners together (Durango Herald)

Agreeing that collaboration is key, New Mexico environmental officials extended a hand in partnership to La Plata County during a Wednesday meeting about long-term water monitoring plans. Four months after an Environmental Protection Agency-caused spill at the Gold King Mine in Silverton sent 3 million gallons of acidic wastewater into the Animas and San Juan rivers work continues f

December 15, 2015--Water conservation initiative launched Tuesday targets West (Durango Herald)

A plan to spur investment in water conservation and infrastructure in the West through public-private collaborations, was announced Tuesday by federal officials. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said at a White House roundtable on water innovation that the department is establishing a “Natural Resource Investment Center.” Much of the goal of the investment center will

December 14, 2015--Low level pumping station work begins on Lake Mead (CEG)

As a companion to Intake No. 3 on Lake Mead, the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) is building the low lake level pumping station, a project whose cost is estimated at $650 million, in the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, just 500 ft.

December 13, 2015--Ogallala aquifer initiative gets $8M more (Water Wired)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced USDA will invest about $8 million in the Ogallala Aquifer Initiative in Fiscal Year 2016 to help farmers and ranchers conserve billions of gallons of water annually while strengthening agricultural operations.

December 12, 2015--Early season snowpack falls short across the West (High Country News)

On April 1 this year, a snow survey in California’s Sierra Nevadas near Echo Peak had to be conducted on bare grass — an unprecedented April Fool’s joke from Mother Nature.