Press Clippings

April 23, 2014--Climate change the Earth Day target for Obama, U.S. officials (Environmental News Network)

An Earth Day Proclamation from President Barack Obama today contains a “dire” warning of the potent consequences of climate change and a pledge to protect Americans and all humankind from this looming problem  “that threatens us all.” “The first Earth Day was a call to action for every citizen, every family, and every public official.


April 23, 2014--Are large dams economical? (Ecologist)

A study of 245 large dams carried out at Oxford University shows that big hydropower is uneconomic. Actual costs are typically double pre-construction estimates - and have not improved over 70 years. Researchers at Oxford University have found that planners and policymakers systematically underestimate the costs and time required to implement large dam projects.


April 23, 2014--Mercury in fishes from 21 national parks in the Western United States (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released a new report on mercury in fish. Here is the abstract: Mercury (Hg) is a global contaminant and human activities have increased atmospheric Hg concentrations 3- to 5-fold during the past 150 years.


April 22, 2014--McPhee boat check could lose funding (Cortez Journal)

The invasive quagga and zebra mussels have not been detected in McPhee Reservoir, but they’re causing havoc in nearby Lake Powell. Boat inspections at McPhee have been effective in keeping the pests out of local waters so far. However, with shrinking budgets for Colorado Parks and Wildlife and the U.S. Forest Services, the critical checkpoints have an uncertain future.


April 22, 2014--Silverton flirting with Superfund? (Durango Herald)

For years, the Environmental Protection Agency has tried to designate parts of Silverton a Superfund site. Yet for years, many locals have considered the word “Superfund” dirtier than Cement Creek. But tonight, the EPA is going to explain that word – and the years-long cleanup process a Superfund designation might entail – to San Juan County commissioners.


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.


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