In The News

April 22, 2014--Earth Day 2014: USDA supports rural water quality projects in 40 states, Puerto Rico (Water World)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) celebrated Earth Day 2014 by announcing record support for numerous projects across the United States that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment. Today's announcement is USDA's largest Earth Day investment in rural water and wastewater systems.


April 22, 2014--Has Durango sold its river, and its soul, to recreation? (High Country News)

Oxbow Preserve consists of 44 acres of land just north of Durango--population 15,000 people. The City acquired the land from private owners back in 2012 with the help of $400,000 in statewide lottery funds that are doled out for such things.


April 21, 2014--Combined impacts of current and future dust deposition and regional warming on Colorado River Basin snow dynamics and hydrology (Hydrology and Earth Systems Science)

Abstract: The Colorado River provides water to 40 million people in seven western states and two countries and to 5.5 million irrigated acres. The river has long been overallocated. Climate models project runoff losses of 5–20% from the basin by mid-21st century due to human-induced climate change.


April 21, 2014--Bark beetles change Rocky Mountain stream flows, affect water quality (National Science Foundation)

Trees in mountains across the western United States are dying, thanks to an infestation of bark beetles that reproduce in the trees' inner bark. Some species of the beetles, such as the mountain pine beetle, attack and kill live trees. Others live in dead, weakened or dying hosts.


April 20, 2014--Can co-locating utilities solve the water-energy nexus? (Water Online)

Try explaining to your children, as I have with mine, that turning on a light is akin to running a faucet. You’ll likely get a confused look, but this is perhaps the simplest example of the relationship between water and energy (the “nexus”). It’s only one side of the coin, however.