Archive - Jan 2016


January 29th

January 29, 2016--Joining the fight against ‘flushables' (Water Online)

The term “flushables” is, of course, a misnomer. It describes pre-moistened towelettes of the type used for diligent personal wiping and takes its name from inaccurately descriptive advertising.

January 29, 2016--Even torrential rain brought by El Niño may not end California’s drought (Economist)

Stillness pervades the South Los Angeles Wetland Park. A turtle floats by, undisturbed by lunch hour at the high school opposite. Tall bulrushes bend around the pool at the centre of the nine-acre (3.6 hectare) site. The water comes from the city’s storm drains, cleaned of oil and rubbish.

January 28, 2016--Gold King Mine spill legislation drowns in Colorado Legislature (Durango Herald)

Southwest Colorado feels forgotten in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill, state lawmakers heard Wednesday. Rep.

January 27th

January 27, 2016--EPA blamed for delay on Superfund in Silverton (Durango Herald)

Frustration for failing to meet a Jan. 31 deadline to be considered for a Superfund listing this spring was evident Tuesday night in Silverton, but the town’s hired attorneys assured elected officials negotiations have not derailed. 

January 26th

January 26, 2016--Senate fails to overturn presidential veto of water rule resolution (Durango Herald)

Opponents of the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed Waters of the United States rule failed to garner enough votes in the Senate last week to override President Barack Obama’s veto of their resolution of disapproval regarding the rule. Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., voted in support of overriding the president’s veto of Senate Joint Resolution 22.

January 25th

January 25, 2016--Report: Warming could impact water supplies in western states (Public News Service--WY)

Surface temperatures across the globe in 2015 were the warmest since modern recordkeeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. And 15 of the 16 warmest years on record have occurred since the new century began. Noah Diffenbaugh is an associate professor at Stanford University and senior author of a&

January 24, 2016--Why the water is running out (New York Times)

Greater São Paulo, a city of 21 million people, is experiencing its worst drought since the 1870s; the city’s water supply is in danger. Sewage, pesticide, and trash pollute São Paulo’s rivers and reservoirs. Rain falling on the vast paved surface of the metropolis drains quickly into its polluted rivers.

January 23, 2016--Despite El Niño, BuRec predicts average year (Montrose Press)

El Niño has showered its bounty on the region, particularly the Four Corners area south of Montrose.

January 22nd

January 22, 2016--Climate change tops WEF risk ranking (National Geographic)

For the first time, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked an environmental risk—climate change—as the most severe economic risk facing the world. Global Risks Report 2016 says climate change is compounding and intensifying other social, economic, and humanitarian stresses such as mass migration, which it ranked as the threat most

January 22, 2016--Silverton drafting Superfund-seeking letter to Colorado's governor (Denver Post)

Attorneys for Silverton and San Juan County are in the process of drafting a letter to Colorado's governor in support of Superfund cleanup for its leaching, abandoned mines. While the request still must be approved by the town's elected officials next week, the action represents the most significant move since the Gold King Mine spill in August prompted cries for a large-