Archive - Aug 2012


August 31, 2012--Federal program altered to aid ranchers (Trinidad Times)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) has enacted special provisions to the agency’s emergency loan program and to the Risk Management Agency (RMA) federal crop insurance program in order to provide greater flexibility for livestock producers facing forage and feed shortages as a result of drought.

August 30, 2012--County finalizes future water plan (Durango Herald)

Six years after the city of Durango’s plan for a whitewater park spurred the creation of a multi-governmental water-use arrangement on the Animas River, La Plata County’s portion of that work is coming to fruition.

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August 30, 2012--Water: Through pros and poets (Durango Herald)

The fourth of six presentations titled “Water in the West,” scheduled tonight, brings together a poet, a historian, an archaeologist and an on-the-ground water issues expert. They will speak starting at 7 p.m. at Durango Arts Center, 802 East Second Ave. Admission is $5.

August 29, 2012--Hope of greater global food output, less environmental impact of agriculture (Science Daily)

Can we have enough to eat and a healthy environment, too? Yes -- if we're smart about it, suggests a study published in Nature this week by a team of researchers from the University of Minnesota and McGill University in Montreal. Global demand for food is expected to double by 2050 due to population growth and increased standards of living.

August 28, 2012--Montrose County approves water settlement (Telluride Daily Planet)

Montrose County Commissioners this week approved a water settlement agreement that was hammered out between several parties in the wake of its applications for substantial water rights on the San Miguel River.

August 28, 2012--Study: Climate change could transform Colorado grasslands, alpine tundra (Coloradoan)

Clues to climate change in Northern Colorado aren’t limited to dying stands of timber pine trees, bark beetle outbreaks and a trend of rising temperatures throughout the region. Scientists at the U.S.

August 26, 2012--Drought cuts size of Gulf of Mexico ‘dead zone’ (Summit Voice)

This year’s severe drought, centered in the Midwest, cut runoff and nutrient loading into the Mississippi and the Gulf of Mexico, result in the smallest dead zone in the Gulf in several years.Texas A&M Oceanography professor Steve DiMarco cruised more than 1,200 miles in the Gulf in mid-August to measure this year’s oxygen-starved area, finding that only about 1,500 square miles

August 24, 2012--The Colorado River Compact; Will the Lower Basin ‘call' the river? (Grand Junction Free Press)

The Colorado River Compact, signed on Nov. 14, 1922, is a compact among the seven Colorado River Basin states and the U.S. that apportions the use of Colorado River water.

August 23, 2012--Researchers find deadly amoeba in tap water (Los Angeles Times)

If you’re worried about picking up an infectious disease this summer, you may be fretting about catching West Nile disease from a mosquito, H3N2v influenza from a pig, or salmonella from a cantaloupe.  But for those who like to dabble in pure medical horror, there’s little scarier to ponder than a brain-eating amoeba lurking in your tap water.

August 22, 2012--Flume site gets funds (Cortez Journal)

The McElmo Creek Flume, located on Highway 160, just west of the Montezuma County Fairgrounds, will be easier to find for residents and tourists, but not for a few more years.