Archive - 2009

December 21st

December 18, 2009--Nearly half U.S. lakes in fair to poor condition (Environmental News Service)

The condition of 56 percent of the lakes in the United States is rated as good and the remaining 44 percent are in fair or poor condition, according to a draft study released by today by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

December 18, 2009--Report: EPA permit would allow Powertech to contaminate aquifer with proposed uranium mine near Fort Collins (Colorado Independent)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency documents obtained by Environment Colorado reveal behind-closed-doors negotiations between the EPA and Powertech USA that would allow the company to contaminate part of the underground aquifer beneath its proposed Centennial uranium mine north of Fort Collins, according to the Fort Collins Coloradoan.

December 18, 2009--Frack-fluid tagging part of model Grand Junction, Palisade watershed plan (Colorado Independent)

Using chemical tracers to make sure hydraulic fracturing fluids aren’t contaminating groundwater supplies may be off the radar of Colorado officials who regulate the state’s natural gas industry, but the concept is contained in what could be a precedent-setting plan crafted by the cities of Grand Junction and Palisade.Asked earlier this month about putting a benign chemical in so-

December 18th

December 17, 2009--As California's underground water vanishes, stimulus funds help drill new wells (Los Angeles Times)

The government is spending $40 million in federal stimulus funds to pull water from underground aquifers in drought-stricken California, even as evidence is growing that the well-drilling boom could degrade the quality of water delivered to millions of residents.

December 17, 2009--Helping Mother Nature (Durango Herald)

A Durango consultant who takes action on a subject most people only talk about - the weather - is one of the protagonists in a film shown Sunday  at the global-warming conference in Copenhagen.

December 17, 2009--Climate's lost decade now leads to a 'last' decade (Durango Herald)

It dawned with the warmest winter on record in the United States. And when the sun sets this New Year's Eve, the decade of the 2000s will end as the warmest ever on global temperature charts. Warmer still, scientists say, lies ahead.

December 17, 2009--Summit Ridge switch will save money for water users (Cortez Journal)

In a mail-in ballot election last week, customers of Summit Ridge Water District showed their overwhelming support for combining the district's operations with those of Montezuma Water Co. Total monetary savings resulting from the consolidation will average $140 per customer annually, according to Summit board member Mark Tuttle.

December 15th

December 15, 2009--Texas water district continues legal fight (Washington Post)

Oklahoma officials declared victory when a federal judge dismissed part of a North Texas water district's lawsuit that claimed it had the right to buy billions of gallons of water from basins in southern Oklahoma. Not so fast.

December 15, 2009--Satellites measure dwindling water in Calif. farmbelt as more wells sap underground supply (Los Angeles Times)

New data from satellites show the vast underground pools feeding faucets and irrigation hoses across California are running low, a worrisome trend federal scientists largely attribute to aggressive agricultural pumping.

December 15, 2009--Sea levels set to rise more than expected due to 'deeply surprising' Greenland melt (Environmental News Network)

A new study by the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Program estimates that the sea will rise by 0.5 to 1.5 meters by 2100, threatening coastal cities and flooding island nations.