Archive - Mar 2008


March 31, 2008--Big water utilities offered free pharmaceuticals testing (Environmental News Service)

The Waters Corporation, a publicly traded company, is offering complimentary tests for common over-the-counter and anti-depressant pharmaceuticals to any U.S. water authority that serves more than 100,000 customers. The company said this move is in response to recent reports of trace levels of drugs found in U.S.

March 29, 2008--Whitewater park on San Miguel River a possibility (Telluride Watch)

Although the San Miguel County Commissioners expressed concern over the proposed location of a white water play park on the San Miguel River next to Applebaugh Park in Placerville, the general consensus was that the San Miguel Whitewater Association should move forward with plans in creating a whitewater park somewhere on the San Miguel.

26th Annual SWCD Seminar hosts a litany of top names

The 26th Annual Southwestern Water Conservation District Conference (SWCD), April 4th at the DoubleTree Hotel in Durango, Colorado, is shaping up to be quite the event.

March 28, 2008--Sediment study hits home (Durango Telegraph)

The study of airborne particulates is becoming one of the hottest areas of climate change, according to Joe McConnell, a scientist at the Desert Research Institute in Reno. Scientists, he says, are still assessing how much climate change can be attributed to anthropogenic, or manmade causes, and how much to natural climate change.

March 28, 2008--Limits to be placed on canyon boat trips (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The U.S. Forest Service has decided to cap total commercial boating trips in Glenwood Canyon at a level based largely on the restrictions already in place for individual outfitters. The Forest Service announced a decision Thursday to limit capacity to 71,500 service days for commercial rafting companies and 750 service days for commercial kayaking outfits.

March 28, 2008--Global warming heats up West faster than rest of U.S. (Denver Post)

The American West is heating up faster than any other region of the United States, and more than the Earth as a whole, according to a new analysis of 50 scientific studies. For the last five years, from 2003-07, the global climate averaged 1 degree Fahrenheit warmer than its 20th century average.

March 28, 2008--UN experts concerned by water footprint (USA Today)

It's not only our carbon footprint we should worry about, U.N. experts say. They warn about our growing water footprint. Nearly half the people on Earth, about 2.5 billion, have no access to sanitation, many of them in urban slums. The world's cities are growing by 1 million people a week, and soon their aging water systems will not cope.

March 27, 2008--Climate change said to affect streams and trees throughout the West (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Around the same time the American West started heating up five years ago, Colorado started losing its lodgepole pine forests to a beetle infestation. “The population built up rapidly and exploded.