Archive - May 2010


May 28th

May 28, 2010--Tougher E.P.A. action on factory farms (New York Times)

The Environmental Protection Agency will step up efforts to monitor the nation’s thousands of factory farms. This week the E.P.A. reached a settlement of a lawsuit filed last year by environmental groups arguing that the agency needs to pay closer attention to the effects of the livestock industry on waterways.

May 27th

May 26, 2010--How clean is your water? (Summit Voice)

While most people assume that well water is clean and safe, a recent study by the U.S. Geological Survey shows that one out of every five wells providing public drinking water contains at least one contaminant at levels of potential health concern. The USGS sampled 932 public wells across the country for the study.

May 26, 2010--Colo. lawmaker withdraws natural gas 'fracking' amendment to water bill (New York Times)

Colorado Democrat Diana DeGette withdrew a proposed amendment today from House water legislation that would have expanded regulation of a controversial oil and gas production technique some say has contributed to groundwater pollution. DeGette's amendment to a water-infrastructure bill (H.R.

May 26, 2010--Judge orders Calif water pumping limits lifted (Denver Post)

Central California farmers won more water for their parched fields Tuesday when a federal judge temporarily loosened pumping limits meant to protect native salmon.

May 26th

May 24, 2010--Agricultural, industrial uses trim opportunities on Dolores River (Denver Post)

Once one of the longest undammed rivers in the lower 48 states and a perennial candidate for federal Wild and Scenic River designation, the 250-mile Dolores now loses about 40 percent of its water, an average of 100,000 acre-feet each year, to irrigation withdrawals and trans-basin diversions centered on the McPhee Dam and Reservoir built in the mid-1980s.

May 24, 2010--Conservation won’t meet water needs (Longmont Times)

When the House subcommittee on water and power met recently in Greeley, its members heard testimony from a variety of sources on the future of water in Northern Colorado and the state in general.

May 23rd

May 22, 2010--Forest Service program revitalizes watersheds, jolts local economies (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Every year, more and more of forest streams and rivers — which help supply drinking water to many Coloradans — face increasing danger from thousands of miles of unmaintained and eroding roads. While a core road system is critical for recreational access and forest management, many of these roads are old and unused mineral exploration and logging routes leftover from a bygon

May 22, 2010--State ‘on other side’ in water rules case (Pueblo Cheiftain)

In nearly every Water Court case in the Arkansas River basin, the state Division of Water Resources finds itself in court. Usually, the state is an objector, attempting to make sure the water rights of other water users are not injured when a new application for how water is used is processed by the court.

May 20, 2010--Save the Colorado River (Telluride Watch)

A coalition of seven sustainably driven corporations and foundations has united to raise funding and awareness for the environmentally threatened Colorado River. Initiated by New Belgium Brewing and the Clean Water Fund, the campaign, will donate money to environmental nonprofits in the Colorado River basin working to promote water conservation and protect the river.

May 20, 2010--Report finds Rockies farmland is dwindling (Durango Herald)

Wyoming lost nearly 12 percent of its farmland from 2002 to 2007, the highest rate in the Rocky Mountain region, according to Colorado College's 2010 State of the Rockies Report Card. Colorado and Montana were the only two western states to buck the trend of declining farmland. Montana's farmland grew by 3 percent and Colorado's grew by slighlty less.