Archive - Aug 2008


August 27th

August 26, 2008--Water quality snags pipeline study (Pueblo Chieftain)

A new section on water quality impacts in the environmental impact statement for the proposed Southern Delivery System is being drafted and will be subject to a public comment period after it is released.

August 26, 2008--City purchases more water rights; leases back to owners (Trinidad Times Independent)

The Trinidad City Council approved the purchased of water rights in the John Flood Ditch at its regular meeting last Tuesday. The purchase grants the city access to about 213 acre feet of water for $507,000, though plans call for it to be leased back to the original owner at cost for several years. 

August 26, 2008--Fish sticks, fertilizer, biodiesel? Utah looks for uses for 6 million unwanted carp (L.A. Times)

The June sucker, which is known to live only in Utah Lake and its tributaries, has been listed as an endangered species since 1986, when biologists estimated there were fewer than 1,000 left. In recent years, about 100,000 June suckers have been raised in a hatchery and dropped into the lake.

August 26, 2008--Drinking water of 41 million Americans contaminated with pharmaceuticals (Environmental News Network)

An investigation by the Associated Press (AP) has revealed that the drinking water of at least 41 million people in the United States is contaminated with pharmaceutical drugs. 

August 26, 2008--Bush proposes protections for Pacific islands, atolls and reefs (L.A. Times)

President Bush on Monday signaled his intention to protect some of the Pacific Ocean's most remote and unspoiled islands, atolls and coral reefs from fishing and deep-sea mining.

August 25, 2008--Border fence design blasted as causing flooding (Denver Post)

Flooding caused by a border security fence in southwestern Arizona shows the structure is being built too quickly and without regard for the environment, critics say.

August 25, 2008--A year after huge mud flow, Fryingpan River prevails (Aspen Times)

Nature proved once again this summer that humans should be wary of intervening to ‘repair’ an ecosystem after a cataclysmic event, according to the Roaring Fork Conservancy. The latest lesson was provided on the Fryingpan River below its confluence with Seven Castles Creek.

August 25, 2008--'New Frontier' of water choices awaits state (Pueblo Chieftain)

The era of water development in Colorado is over, and the state’s new task will be to manage the water resources it has. One small problem: No one has yet articulated what the future of the state looks like.

August 25, 2008--Exxon let PCBs leak for years off Santa Barbara coast (Environmental News Service)

Between 2002 and 2005, two large electrical transformers on an Exxon Mobil offshore oil and gas platform in the Santa Barbara Channel leaked nearly 400 gallons of fluid contaminated with polychlorinated biphenyls, PCBs.