May 20, 2014--Two-headed trout and a wrong-headed EPA proposal (Huff Post)

Two years ago, pollution from mining in Idaho was so severe that trout from the polluted streams were spawning mutated trout, including two-headed trout.

November 7, 2013--State turns attention to selenium levels in river (Times Independent)

Like other trace minerals, selenium is essential to human health: It repairs DNA, it boosts immune systems and some researchers believe that it might even halt cancer in its tracks. But in

April 24, 2013--Court orders EPA to impose power plant water pollution rule (Environmental News Service)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency must meet a court-ordered deadline to issue regulations that clean up power plant water pollution, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled today. The decision turns back an attempt by the utility industry to avoid the financial and operational burdens of the regulations.

July 5, 2012--Water-health warriers (Montrose Press)

It may not appear as though Montrose and the Uncompahgre Valley are in the middle of a war. But a battle is being waged, and the prize is healthy waterways. The enemy is selenium. The trace element that occurs naturally in the area’s Mancos shale poses little to no threat to humans.

December 23, 2011--Historic mercury regs from EPA a boon for health, the environment and jobs (Environmental News Network)

A few small drops of mercury can contaminate a 20-acre lake and the fish that happen to reside there, thanks to coal-fired plant emissions. That’s a major reason why the EPA’s decision to regulate the emissions of mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants from coal- and oil-fired plants is a major victory for the health and environmental welfare of the nation.

November 16, 2010--Selenium, salt levels dropping in Colorado River (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Levels of salt and selenium in the Colorado River have fallen in recent years, according to studies by the U.S. Geological Survey.

October 7, 2010--Fish near coal-fired power plants have lower levels of mercury (Science Daily)

A new study from North Carolina State University finds that fish located near coal-fired power plants have lower levels of mercury than fish that live much further away. The surprising finding appears to be linked to high levels of another chemical, selenium, found near such facilities, which unfortunately poses problems of its own.

December 8, 2009--Study sheds light on selenium in Fountain Creek (Pueblo Chieftain)

Selenium levels on Fountain Creek go up as the hardness of water increases downstream, creating concerns that they could affect aquatic life on the Arkansas River all the way to John Martin Reservoir. That’s the upshot of a study by a team of Colorado State University-Pueblo researchers who have been studying Fountain Creek for the past three years.

Water District Workshop (Grand Junction, CO)

11/24/2009 12:20 am

For more information and/or to register, call (970) 248-0616.

August 2, 2008--City project explores benefits of sludge (Pueblo Chieftain)

Every year the city of Pueblo ships about 4,000 tons of sludge from its wastewater treatment plant to the dump. It's the only place the stuff can go, but the city, along with the Gaia Institute's Happy Worm Herders program, is hoping that a pilot program currently under way will change that.

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