Archive - 2010

November 29th

November 22, 2010--USDA announces unprecedented enrollment in voluntary effort to restore the nation's wetlands (La Junta Ag Journal)

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the nation's farmers, ranchers and Indian Tribes enrolled over 272,000 acres in the Wetlands Reserve Program in fiscal year (FY) 2010. The FY 2010 enrollment is the highest single-year enrollment in the program's history and is a 52 percent increase over FY 2009 when 179,000 acres were enrolled.

November 22, 2010--Good news and bad news for New Mexico’s Navajo communities (High Country News)

This month, Navajo communities in New Mexico seeking to preserve their lands and ensure the health of future generations experienced both a victory and a defeat at the hands of federal decision-makers.

November 21, 2010--EPA considers SW Colo creek for Superfund (Summit Daily)

Portions of upper Cement Creek that feeds into the Animas River in southwestern Colorado are being considered for listing as a Superfund site. Heavy metals gushing from abandoned mines, some which operated in the late 1800s to early 1900s in the Gladstone area, are believed to be polluting the creek.

November 24th

November 21, 2010--Eastern third of state in drought (Pueblo Chieftain)

Icy roads near Denver and announcements of ski areas opening in Colorado aren't translating into more water for Eastern Colorado. In fact, the eastern third of the state is in a moderate drought that could affect agriculture, according the U.S. Drought Monitor, a consensus of weather reports by several state and federal agencies.

November 19, 2010--A tale of two counties: Montrose, San Miguel officials weigh Wild and Scenic River designation (Montrose Daily Post)

Montrose County commissioners are urging the public to attend meetings at month’s end on Wild and Scenic River designations being considered for portions of the San Miguel and Dolores rivers. Their position is clear: They oppose such federal designation and passed a resolution against it in August.

November 19, 2010--Surprise notice floods homeowners (Durango Herald)

Bewildered La Plata County property owners who never had been in a flood plain have been receiving notices in recent months that they need flood insurance, which can cost thousands of dollars a year. County officials, meanwhile, have been inundated with inquiries about the notices. The clamor is a result of revised flood-plain maps that county commissioners adopted in August.

November 19, 2010--2010 water year had twists and turns; 2011 off to good start (Greeley Tribune)

The past water year, which ended Oct. 31, had many twists and turns, and this year is off to a better start on the Western Slope where water is collected for diversion to eight northern Colorado counties through the Colorado-Big Thompson project.

November 18, 2010--World 'dangerously close' to new food crisis, United Nations says (Washington Post)

The bill for global food imports will top $1 trillion this year for the second time, putting the world "dangerously close" to a new food crisis, according to the United Nations. The warning by the world body's Food and Agriculture Organization adds to fears about rising inflation in emerging countries from China to India.

November 18th

November 17, 2010--New report predicts severe climate impacts on Lake Tahoe area (New York Times)

Iconic Lake Tahoe could see its regional snowpack decline by as much as 60 percent over the next century, with increased floods more likely around 2050 and prolonged droughts closer to 2100, according to a new report from scientists who have studied the lake for decades. The study, written for the U.S.

November 16, 2010--BLM panel to address ‘Wild and Scenic River’ suitability (Montrose Daily Press)

The Bureau of Land Management’s Southwest Resource Advisory Committee subgroup will hold public meetings in Naturita, Norwood and Telluride to discuss the suitability of “Wild and Scenic River” designations for stretches of the San Miguel and Dolores rivers and several tributaries.