Snake River

September 5, 2014--Melting permafrost could worsen water quality in the Rockies (Colorado Independent)

We may not yet know exactly how global warming will affect all the complex parts of Rocky Mountain ecosystems, but it’s not for lack of trying.


September 9, 2012--Risk of lawsuits preventing cleanup of abandoned mines in Colorado (Denver Post)

Colorado mining authorities have dug through a mountainside and reopened the dark granite shaft of an abandoned mine that turned deadly — trying to find options for dealing with one of the West's worst environmental problems.


May 23, 2011--Spring runoff: Landslide closes highway in Wyoming (Summit Voice)

A major landslide has closed a highway in Wyoming’s Snake River Canyon, and smaller slides have been reported in the Granite Creek, Greys River and Gros Ventre drainages, as record snowpack, combined with spring rains, have saturated soils at lower elevations in the northern Rockies.


December 15, 2010--Elevated zinc concentrations in Colorado waterway likely a result of climate change (Science Daily)

Rising concentrations of zinc in a waterway on Colorado's Western Slope may be the result of climate change that is affecting the timing of annual snowmelt, says a new study led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.


August 22, 2010--Heavy metal pollution worsening in Snake River (Summit Citizens)

Signs that water quality in the Snake River may be getting worse have once again spurred talks about an EPA Superfund cleanup at the abandoned Pennsylvania Mine, along Peru Creek.


October 28, 2009--Vegas water agency vows fight for groundwater plan (Denver Post)

Southern Nevada water administrators plan to challenge a judge's ruling that blocks a multibillion-dollar plan to tap groundwater from a vast swath of eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas, an authority official said Wednesday. "It is our intention to appeal," Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesman Scott Huntley said.


September 16, 2009--New Northwest salmon plan modifies Bush approach (Los Angeles Times)

Fisheries managers announced Tuesday that they would enhance but not significantly alter the government's current strategy for saving salmon from extinction in the rivers of the Pacific Northwest, drawing criticism from conservationists.

May 19, 2009 --If salmon can't be saved, Snake River dams may have to go (L.A. Times)

For years, the federal government has struggled to find a way to operate the massive hydropower system on the Columbia and Snake rivers in the Pacific Northwest--and also try to recover the endangered salmon that are all-too-frequently slaughtered at the massive dams as they make their way up and down the river.


March 18, 2009--Watershed group rolls out Snake River plan (Summit Daily News)

Cleaning up all the pollution from abandoned mines would help the Snake River, but water quality in the basin above Keystone will never be pristine.

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