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June 28th

June 28, 2012--Wildfire needs drain water supplies (Cortez Journal)

The battle against a wildfire demands many resources. From manpower to equipment, the strength of the fight against a blaze is often measured by the amount of resources dedicated to the campaign. But what happens when resources required to fight fire are already in short supply?

June 28, 2012--'Epic dryness' feeding Western wildfires (USA Today)

In the Rocky Mountain West, firefighters say they've never seen the trees and grasses this dry so early in the summer. "It's epic dryness," says Beth Lund, leader of the incident management team assigned to the High Park Fire, which has burned 135 square miles near Fort Collins, Colo., and destroyed at least 257 homes.

June 28, 2012--As Colorado River dries up, the west feels the pain (Environmental News Network)

The Colorado River touches the lives of Americans coast to coast. The river begins in the Rocky Mountains and flows into Mexico's Sea of Cortez. Along the way, it feeds over a dozen tributaries across the American Southwest. Many in the West rely on the Colorado for drinking water, and farmers depend on it to irrigate millions of acres of farmland.

June 28, 2012--Experts warn public policy must change in wake of wildfires (Colorado Independent)

Public policy and political will must shift as dramatically as the winds that have whipped Colorado’s record wildfires, experts say, or the state’s residents will continue to pay a higher and higher price for forests that are dying due to global climate change.

June 27, 2012--Judge dismisses one Montrose County water application (Telluride Daily Planet)

A dismissal of a Montrose County application for additional water rights won’t end an ongoing water struggle over the San Miguel River, but things are closer to a conclusion. The county was applying for water rights to the Johnson Ditch, which diverts water from the San Miguel River.

June 27, 2012--Dying trees in southwest set stage for erosion, water loss in Colorado River (Science Daily)

New research concludes that a one-two punch of drought and mountain pine beetle attacks are the primary forces that have killed more than 2.5 million acres of pinyon pine and juniper trees in the American Southwest during the past 15 years, setting the stage for further ecological disruption.

June 26, 2012--New toilet turns human waste into electricity and fertilizer (Science Daily)

Scientists from Nanyang Technological University (NTU) have invented a new toilet system that will turn human waste into electricity and fertilisers and also reduce the amount of water needed for flushing by up to 90 per cent compared to current toilet systems in Singapore. Dubbed the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet, it has two chambers that separate the liquid and solid wastes.

June 26, 2012--A novel way to clean wastewater (New York Times)

Seven years ago, Paul Edmiston was working in his laboratory on a potential way to detect the presence of explosives. By accident, he created a material that acted as a powerful sponge that could absorb small organic compounds like gasoline, motor oil, and pesticides  dissolved in water. Today Dr.

June 25, 2012--Colorado lawmakers seek aid for farmers facing drought (Northern Colorado Business Report)

Colorado Sens. Mark Udall and Michael Bennet have requested federal aid for farmers and ranchers facing severe drought conditions that threaten crops and livestock. The lawmakers wrote a letter to Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack asking for protection against severe financial and operational losses of farmers, Udall's office said Monday.

June 25, 2012--Goodbye to mountain forests? (New York Times)

When the smoke finally clears and new plant life pokes up from the scorched earth after the wildfires raging in the southern Rockies, what emerges will look radically different than what was there just a few weeks ago.