Archive - Aug 2009


August 27th

August 27, 2009--Grant funds used to reduce salinity (Montrose Daily Press)

A Crawford irrigation company received a $5.3 million grant from the Bureau of Reclamation to reduce salinity in the Colorado River. Grandview Canal & Irrigation Company will use the grant to pipe nearly five miles of the Grandview Canal and five miles of associated irrigation laterals located near Crawford.

August 27, 2009--EPA: Chemicals in water might be result of fracking (Colorado Independent)

Federal environment officials investigating drinking water contamination near the ranching town of Pavillion, Wyo., have found that at least three water wells contain a chemical used in the natural gas drilling process of hydraulic fracturing. Scientists also found traces of other contaminants, including oil, gas or metals, in 11 of 39 wells tested there since March.

August 26th

August 26, 2009--Source: Nebraska calls for new irrigation rules (Denver Post)

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman's administration has suggested irrigation shutdowns in a large swath of the Republican River basin during dry years to help send Kansas the water it is owed under a three-state compact, according to an official familiar with the proposal.

August 25, 2009--Report: Future U.S. heat waves will be worse (USA Today)

The nation is headed for strong heat waves in coming decades that will hit cities and farmers and threaten wildlife with extinction, a new global warming report warns.

August 25, 2009--Greenprint Denver: Conserving water (Rocky Mountain Independent)

Maybe it’s because of the drought in recent years, or maybe it’s just that Denver residents are environmentally conscious. Nevertheless, the city is on track to reduce water use by 22 percent by 2016 as part of Greenprint Denver. “We’re around 18 to 19 percent reduction, Denver Water customers are doing a great job of conservation.

August 25, 2009--Bacteria desalinate water, generate power (Environmental News Network)

Bacteria can be used to turn dirty salt water into electricity and drinkable water, according to new research from scientists at Penn State University and Tsinghua University. The research presents a new spin on microbial fuel cells, which have been used in the past to produce electricity or store it as hydrogen or methane gas.

August 24, 2009--Beetles, wildfire: Double threat in warming world (Vail Daily)

Beetles and fire, twin plagues, are consuming northern forests in what scientists say is a preview of the future, in a century growing warmer, as the land grows drier, trees grow weaker and pests, abetted by milder winters, grow stronger. Dying, burning forests would then only add to the warming.

August 24, 2009--Green coalition intervenes in salmon water tug of war (Environmental News Network)

Another water rights conflict between humans and fish is coming to a head in drought-stricken California. A coalition of fishing and environmental groups and tribes filed papers in federal court today in Fresno seeking to secure the water that California's native salmon and other endangered fish species need for survival.

August 24, 2009--Warming oceans may shift Earth's pole (Environmental News Network)

Human-induced warming of the oceans could shift Earth's axis up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) by the end of the century, according to a new study. Earth wobbles almost constantly. Changes in air and ocean circulation push our planet's poles off kilter temporarily with the passing of the seasons.

August 23, 2009--Our water supply, down the drain (Washington Post)

In the United States, we constantly fret about running out of oil. But we should be paying more attention to another limited natural resource: water. A water crisis is threatening many parts of the country -- not just the arid West. Droughts make matters worse, but the real problem isn't shrinking water levels. It's population growth.