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October 12, 2016--Protecting our Colorado River (Morning Consult)

Water makes the West as we know it. Congressman Wayne Aspinall put it best: In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything.


September 1, 2016--In West Coast visit, President Obama goes after climate change skeptics, praises efforts to restore Lake Tahoe (LA Times)

At a conservation summit on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, President Obama on Wednesday pointed to the environmental degradation of the lake’s once-crystal-clear waters as proof of the damage caused by climate change and warned of the threat posed by Republican leaders who continue to deny its existence. Obama never named Republican members in Congress or GOP presidentia


March 17, 2016--The water data drought (New York Times)

As a nation, we have become disciples of data. We interview 60,000 families a month to determine the unemployment rate, we monitor how much energy we use every seven days, Amazon ranks sales of every book it sells every hour. Then there is water. Water may be the most important item in our lives, our economy and our landscape about which we know the least.


February 12, 2016--Obama’s budget benefits environmental causes in Colorado (Durango Herald)

President Barack Obama’s final budget proposal would invest hundreds of millions of dollars on environmental causes central to Colorado and other Western states. More specifically, the $4.1 trillion budget for 2017 would restore funding to land and water conservation, funnel more money toward water sustainability efforts and impose new fees on hardrock mining. In a win for conse


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.


August 13, 2015--Congressmen appeal to Obama after Gold King disaster (Durango Herald)

Colorado and New Mexico lawmakers sent President Barack Obama a letter Wednesday urging him to direct federal resources toward addressing the Gold King Mine spill that unleashed 3 million gallons of contaminated mine sludge into the Animas River last week. The letter was sent by Colorado’s U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet and Cory Gardner; U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton; New Mexico’s U.S. Sens.


July 29, 2015--White House opens Business Act on climate pledge (Environmental News Service)

Thirteen of America’s largest companies Monday pledged to invest a total of more than $140 billion to slash their greenhouse gas emissions, increase their use of renewable energy and shrink their carbon footprints.


June 13, 2015--White House provides $100 million in aid to drought-stricken West (Washington Post)

As a third of the West copes with severe drought, the Obama administration announced Friday it would provide more than $100 million to help affected communities and combat wildfires in the region. The funding comes on top of the more than $190 million federal agencies have already spent to help communities in the West, and is separate from the at least $1.2 billion the Agriculture Dep


May 22, 2015--Obama set to strengthen federal role in clean water regulation (New York Times)

The Obama administration is expected in the coming days to announce a major clean water regulation that would restore the federal government’s authority to limit pollution in the nation’s rivers, lakes, streams and wetlands.


February 10, 2015--GOP challenges Obama over flood risks from climate change (State)

Underscoring the political challenges President Barack Obama faces as he presses ahead to combat climate change, eight Republican senators are contesting the legality of his Jan. 30 directive toughening floodplain standards for new federal projects. In a letter to Obama last week that was coordinated by Mississippi Sen.


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