Budget Cuts

September 18, 2016--Severance tax funds running low as source for state’s water plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

If Colorado’s state water plan is to keep the headwaters state in control of its lifeblood, the plan will require a new spring of cash to replace one that is running dry, officials said Friday. Where the money will come from — and ideas run from mill levies to sales taxes to tap fees to usage fees — isn’t clear, state Rep.


July 7, 2016--Colorado funding cuts make reservoirs more vulnerable to invasive species (Summit Daily)

While state funding has started drying up, a noted disturbance remains quite fluid. Two problematic varieties of freshwater shellfish — the zebra and quagga mussel — are always of concern at area water bodies where they are an aquatic nuisance species, or ANS.


October 1, 2015--Critical fund expires amid federal discord (Aspen Times)

A long-running conservation fund was allowed to expire on Wednesday, a casualty of Congress’ inability to agree on a long-term budget. The Land and Water Conservation Fund was not included in recently passed legislation that will only keep the government running until Dec.


January 25, 2015--Like water? Then don't leave agency in a drought (Arizona Central)

It is time for the business community, all water interests and anyone who cares about Arizona to add their voices to the chorus calling for increased state funding for the Department of Water Resources. The reason is simple: the economy.


November 20, 2013--Budget cuts include ‘vital’ Colo. snowpack data but others offer to help get it anyway (Greeley Tribune)

State water providers, lawmakers and others have long pushed for more detailed snowpack and river-flow data in anticipation of population growth, increased demands and climate change. But now they're fighting just to keep in place the data system they have.


July 24, 2013--The most anti-environmental budget ever? (Summit Voice)

Given the vapid rhetoric from House GOP leaders the last few years, a full frontal assault on public lands was inevitable. It came this week, in the form of proposed massive budget cuts for public lands and environmental programs, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund.


March 26, 2013--Forest Service braces for bad wildfire season amid cuts (USA Today)

Persistent drought and an infestation of tree-killing insects have left broad swaths of the USA vulnerable to unusually fierce wildfires for the second straight year just as the U.S. Forest Service is dealing with cuts in its fire-fighting budget.


March 16, 2013--Some river gauges could be victims of budget cuts (Denver Post)

Some of the stream and river gauges used around the country to help forecasters predict flood and drought could be discontinued as a result of automatic federal budget cuts that went into effect this month, officials said Friday. Nationally, 375 of the 8,000 USGS-operated gauges are at risk.

March 2, 2013--Sequester cuts hit clean air, water, energy, national parks (Environmental News Service)

Air and water quality, national parks and surrounding communities, and clean energy development will be hard hit by across-the-board spending cuts in the federal budget that took effect today. President Barack Obama and Congressional leaders came out of a White House meeting this morning without resolution to the budget impasse, known in Washington as the sequester.


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.


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