Endangered Species Act

September 21, 2015--State agrees to improve flows on Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

Colorado’s top water board agreed Tuesday to improve flows on the Lower Dolores River to boost the health of the river and its native fish. The Colorado Water Conservation Board will seek an in-stream flow right of up to 900 cubic feet per second on the Lower Dolores below its confluence with the San Miguel River. In-stream flows are designated by the board to preserve an


September 9, 2014--New Mexican ranchers sue over limited access to water due to endangered mouse listing (Associated Press)

New Mexico ranchers are suing the federal government over its attempts to limit their cattle's access to water and grazing areas in the wake of a tiny mouse winning endangered species protections in the Southwest. Ranchers from throughout New Mexico, the New Mexico Farm and Livestock Bureau and several cattlemen groups filed their lawsuit Tuesday in U.S.


January 31, 2014--Board votes to raise Lower Dolores flow (Cortez Journal)

A spirited debate before the Colorado Water Conservation Board in Denver Tuesday featured local officials expressing their opinions on a plan to increase flows on the lower Dolores River.


January 25, 2014--Group threatens to sue Colorado over river flows (Associated Press)

A Western environmental group is threatening to sue Colorado, saying its management and allocation of water in the San Luis Valley is putting New Mexico's stretch of the Rio Grande at risk. WildEarth Guardians delivered its notice of intent to sue this week.


January 1, 2014--Celebrating 40 years of Endangered Species Act success (Environmental News Network)

Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act as a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Today, while 99 percent of listed species have been saved from extinction, the law is under repeated attack by anti-environmental politicians in Congress. Marking the anniversary, U.S.


March 13, 2013--Texas is ordered to supply water to crane habitat (Wall Street Journal)

A federal judge ordered Texas officials to allocate water supplies to meet the needs of what is believed to be the world's last wild flock of endangered whooping cranes.


December 17, 2012--Natural resources and the fiscal cliff (High Country News)

As even people living in a cave know by now, if Congress doesn’t strike a deal soon, some combination of automatic tax hikes and draconian budget cuts will kick in. As early as January 2, the first round of sequestration cuts will be triggered. I’ve heard little discussion of how this swan dive off the so-called fiscal cliff will affect our natural resources.


October 30, 2012--Native seed shortage hampers wildfire recovery in the West (Durango Herald)

High demand has increased the price and hurt the supply of native seeds needed to replant areas devastated by drought in some areas of the West and wildfires that burned millions of acres of land nationally. Some agencies reported shortages of sagebrush seed as dry conditions hamper the ability of unburned plants to produce new seed for harvest.


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