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July 6, 2011--Scientists tie Colorado River flooding to San Andreas quakes (Los Angeles Times)

Researchers believe Colorado River damming projects that followed the creation of the Salton Sea could be one reason why Southern California is overdue for a major earthquake.


June 15, 2011--Climate change and the west: A picture of the western United States in the coming decades (Environmental News Network)

Last week findings of a study by the U.S. Geological Survey show a sharp decline in the snowpack of the northern Rocky Mountains over the past 30 years.

June 10, 2011--Study: Rockies snowpack declines greater than in past centuries (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Rocky Mountain snowpack is lighter and melting sooner in the past 30 years than in previous centuries, according to a new federal study. The U.S.


June 10, 2011--Abundant snowpack "a small blip" after decades of decline (Denver Post)

The Rocky Mountains' winter snow is gradually being replaced by spring rain, and it's likely to get worse in the decades to come, a government study relea


June 8, 2011--Celebrating the Animas River (Durango Herald)

Animas River Days will kick off Friday with a long list of activities on both water and land in its 25th-plus outing. Returning are longtime favorites such as the Kayak Slalom, Down River Race and River Parade. Also returning will be last year’s new event, the Inflatable Rodeo.


May 26, 2011--Weather Service wary of June flooding in Colorado (Denver Post)

As heavy piles of snow wait in the mountains and most rivers are still running at or below normal — at a time they should be raging — the National Weather Service warns that June could bring flooding to Colorado.


May 5, 2011--Flooding feared amid runoff from record Colorado snowpack (Denver Post)

A record Colorado snowpack has the potential to cause record flooding this spring if it doesn't start trickling off the mountains soon, and federal agencies are watching n


February 27, 2011--Desert dust storms to get worse (Summit Voice)

Desert dust blowing from the Southwest into the Rockies has been implicated in everything from earlier snowmelt and air quality violations to causing avalanches. A new study shows  the storms more frequent and intense as global warming kills desert vegetation. A research team from the U.S.


February 7, 2011--Report: Great Lakes can experience water shortages (Wall Street Journal)

Despite having more fresh water than anywhere else in the world, the Great Lakes region could experience shortages in some locations because of climate shifts or surging demand, a federal analysis says. The five-year study by the U.S. Geological Survey, obtained by The Associated Press ahead of its scheduled release Monday, describes the Great Lakes as an aquatic treasure trove.


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