Archive - Feb 2016


February 27th

February 27, 2016--New Mexico, Navajo Nation prepare for spring run-off carrying heavy metals (NMED News)

While temperatures warm and the high altitude snowpack in Colorado’s Southern Rockies & San Juan Mountains begins to melt, Animas/San Juan watershed communities are getting ready for the re-disturbance of toxic heavy metals in their primary water source. The U.S.

February 26, 2016--Settlement reached over rights to Animas River water (Durango Herald)

A settlement over diversion and storage rights to Animas River water was rubber-stamped this week, ending more than two years of negotiations and laying the groundwork for regional entities to develop water projects. The decree, signed by Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman, effectively divides a large water right between the Animas-La Plata Project and the Southwestern Water Co

February 25, 2016--Headwater forest health important to water plan: Committee (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado’s water plan overlooks an important element: forest health, especially in the headwaters areas, a Club 20 committee said Thursday. A supplement to the next phase in the water plan should discuss wildfires and their effects on water quality and forest health, the committee said during winter meetings in Grand Junction. The committee recommended the full board consider th

February 24, 2016--Future of Animas River Stakeholders Group uncertain (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years leading the cleanup of mine waste in the Animas River basin, the future is a bit of a mystery for the Animas River Stakeholders Group now that a Superfund listing is officially in the works. “I think it’s really just up in the air,” said Peter Butler, a coordinator with the group. “We don’t know at this point.

February 23rd

February 23, 2016--After years of opposition, Silverton oks Superfund plan (Colorado Public Radio)

Silverton and San Juan County leaders voted unanimously to pursue Superfund status on Monday to clean up the Gold King and other inactive mines in the area. The plan includes 46 mines and two settling areas. “I think history has been made.

February 23, 2016--Updating 19th century mining law proves hard as rock (Durango Herald)

When President Barack Obama recently proposed his $4.1 billion budget for the 2017 fiscal year, there was little surprise that it included a proposal for a hard-rock mining royalty fee to help remediate abandoned mines across the country. Beginning in 2011 with his 2012 fiscal year budget, updating the General Mining Law of 1872 has been a priority in his yearly budget proposals.

February 22nd

February 22, 2016--Seas are rising at fastest rate in last 28 centuries (New York Times)

The oceans are rising faster than at any point in the last 28 centuries, and human emissions of greenhouse gases are primarily responsible, scientists reported Monday. They added that the flooding that is starting to make life miserable in many coastal towns — like Miami Beach; Norfolk, Va.; and Charleston, S.C.

February 22, 2016--Cannabis in Colorado, water rights and federal law (Mountain Town News)

If cannabis remains illegal under U.S. law, can water in Colorado be used to grow it? Banks that are federally chartered—nearly all of them—have pointedly kept their distance from money involved in the cannabis industry. This has resulted in many businesses adopting cash-only models or using stratagems to side-step the banking ban.

February 21, 2016--The innovators: looped water system for Earth friendly shower (Guardian)

When he was working on an academic project with Nasa, Mehrdad Mahdjoubi, a Swedish industrial designe