Archive - Jun 2013


June 17th

June 16, 2013--Fracking fuels water fights in nation's dry spots (Denver Post)

The latest domestic energy boom is sweeping through some of the nation's driest pockets, drawing millions of gallons of water to unlock oil and gas reserves from beneath the Earth's surface.

June 15, 2013--Climate talk shifts from curbing CO2 to adapting (Wall Street Journal)

Efforts to curb global warming have quietly shifted as greenhouse gases inexorably rise. The conversation is no longer solely about how to save the planet by cutting carbon emissions. It's becoming more about how to save ourselves from the warming planet's wild weather.

June 14th

June 14, 2013--Hickenlooper legal adviser James Eklund named director of Colorado Water Conservation Board (Boulder Daily Camera)

James Eklund, a legal counselor to Gov. John Hickenlooper and former assistant state attorney general, has been named the new director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The 15-member board and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources named Eklund to the post.

June 13, 2013--No doubt: It’s a bad drought (Durango Herald)

The drought conditions that have a firm grip on Southwest Colorado don’t show signs of releasing their hold quickly, a climatologist at the National Drought Mitigation Center said Wednesday. The three-month outlook appears dry and hot.

June 13, 2013--Colorado Springs fire now most destructive in state history (Greeley Tribune)

A wildfire burning northeast of Colorado Springs has destroyed at least 360 homes, making it the most destructive in state history. El Paso County sheriff Terry Maketa said Thursday that deputies still haven’t been able to verify the condition of 79 homes as the wildfire continues to burn. So it’s possible the figure could rise even higher.

June 13, 2013--Supreme Court sides with Oklahoma over Texas in Red River water dispute (Washington Post)

On June 13th the Supreme Court decisively sided with Oklahoma and rejected Texas’ claim that it has a right under a 30-year-old agreement to cross their common border for water to serve the fast-growing Fort Worth area.

June 13, 2013--Satellite data will be essential to future of groundwater, flood and drought management (Science Daily)

New satellite imagery reveals that several areas across the United States are all but certain to suffer water-related catastrophes, including extreme flooding, drought and groundwater depletion. The paper, to be published in Science this Friday, June 14, underscores the urgent need to address these current and rapidly emerging water issues at the national scale.

June 12, 2013--Drought is now 'extreme' (Cortez Journal)

An ominous graphic on the U.S. Drought Monitor website reveals worsening drought conditions overtaking the region. The 12-week map animation begins March 19 and ends June 4. Red hues representing high levels of drought creep closer and closer to the Four Corners, and then engulf Montezuma and San Juan counties and parts of Dolores and La Plata counties.

June 12, 2013--Colorado scientists quantify increased dust pollution (Summit Voice)

Significant dust storms the past few years have had a big impact on the timing of snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies, but scientists haven’t been able to say for certain if those events are becoming more frequent.

June 12, 2013--Mysterious brown foam prompts testing at Lake Mead (Denver Post)

Authorities took a boat onto Lake Mead on Tuesday to gather water samples they hope could shed light on mysterious brown foam found floating on the lake's surface over the weekend.