Archive - 2007

December 18th

December 17, 2007--Coalition protests planned wells near Rock Springs (Denver Post)

In southwest Wyoming protests have begun over a proposal to drill two exploratory wells south of Rock Springs. The wells would be located in the Bureau of Land Management's Red Creek and Sage Creek management areas. The areas are located east of the popular Flaming Gorge Reservoir.

December 17, 2007--Plan cuts grazing to aid land (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service proposes to reduce cattle grazing in the Cherry Creek drainage east of Mancos as part of an effort to protect the environment. The Forest Service's preferred option would substantially curtail cattle grazing, by as much as 28 percent.

December 17, 2007--Senate passes Farm Bill strong on bioenergy, conservation (Environmental News Service)

The U.S. Senate Friday approved a $286 billion farm bill shepherded through by Senator Tom Harkin of Iowa, who chairs the Agriculture Committee. The measure improves farm income protection and makes investments for the future in energy, conservation, nutrition and rural development initiatives.

December 16, 2007--Report examines impact of climate change on drinking water supplies (Environmental News Service)

Warming of the earth's atmosphere will continue to put mounting pressure on America's drinking water sources, leading to diminishing supplies in some regions and flooding in others, according to an analysis released today by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), a nonprofit organization of the largest publicly owned drinking water systems in the United States.

December 16, 2007--Warming prompts debate: Dams vs. conservation (Durango Herald)

Many water managers have started to agree with environmentalists about the likelihood of global warming. They disagree about how to respond. We should build more dams, water managers say. Global warming might melt the snow earlier, making it all the more important to store water through the longer, hotter summers. But environmentalists remain critical of dams.

December 16, 2007--Climate science boils down to hot, dry (Durango Herald)

Hotter means drier. Summer temperatures in the Southwest are expected to rise. And winter snows probably will melt earlier. That poses a problem for farmers, who will get a rush of water earlier than normal, then have to cope with dry summers. Not even the best global computers can make predictions for individual rivers.

December 16, 2007--Recent storms increase snowpack sharply (Denver Post)

The South Platte River Basin, a major water supplier for the Front Range, went from 68 percent of the 30-year average on Dec. 2 to 94 percent Sunday morning. The Upper Colorado, a source for downstream states, went from 79 percent to 104 percent of the 30-year average.

December 15, 2007--Ditch dispute threatens RMNP wilderness effort (Denver Post)

A bill to designate Rocky Mountain National Park as a federal wilderness area is stalled in Congress over the question of whether to give an irrigation ditch company what some consider to be extraordinary liability protection.

December 15, 2007--LA must dump water from two reservoirs (LA Times)

In the midst of a drought, Los Angeles officials announced Friday that 600 million gallons of water must be dumped from two reservoirs that supply a swath of the city because an unexpected chemical reaction rendered it undrinkable.

December 15, 2007--Water exports may be cut to save tiny fish (LA Times)

A federal court order Friday will cut water exports to Southern California next year by up to a third in a bid to save a tiny fish teetering at the brink of extinction in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. In an 11-page ruling, U.S. District Judge Oliver W.