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October 13, 2016--Planning for drought; pilot program pays users for water conservation (St. George News)

Water managers are testing the effectiveness of temporary, voluntary measures that could be used to keep the water level in Lake Powell above what is needed to maintain power production at the Glen Canyon Dam. The Utah Division of Water Resources and the Upper Colorado River Commission are overseeing the “Pilot System Water Conservation Program,” which has been extend


October 12, 2016--Protecting our Colorado River (Morning Consult)

Water makes the West as we know it. Congressman Wayne Aspinall put it best: In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything.


October 11, 2016--Single clothes wash may release 700,000 microplastic fibres, study finds (Guardian)

Each cycle of a washing machine could release more than 700,000 microscopic plastic fibres into the environment, according to a study. A team at Plymouth University in the UK spent 12 months analysing what happened when a number of synthetic materials were washed at different temperatures in domestic washing machines, using different combinations of detergents, to quantify the microfibres


October 10, 2016--Nevada caves illuminate past climate, future challenges in the Southwest (Las Vegas Sun)

On a trip to Great Basin National Park, UNLV geoscience professor Matt Lachniet says that rainfall many millennia ago formed lakes in the desolate basins lining this strip of rural highway.


October 9, 2016--Environmentalists dismayed by Glen Canyon Dam management plan (AZ Daily Sun)

Environmental groups are criticizing the final draft of a plan released by the Bureau of Reclamation Friday to manage the operations of Glen Canyon Dam for the next 20 years. The plan&