Snowmelt

September 13, 2014--Deadline softens for city of Aztec to fix Animas River intake (Daily Times)

Officials have softened the Oct. 31 deadline for the City of Aztec to construct a permanent solution in the Animas River to help feed the city's sole river intake for drinking water. Last winter, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers set the deadline after the city applied for a permit to construct a rock diversion dike in the Animas River.


August 5, 2014--Researchers: Colorado faces warmer future, water supply challenges (Daily Camera)

Colorado's climate has warmed by about 2 degrees over the past 30 years and should see an increase of at least that much by 2050 with widespread implications for water supply, according to a comprehensive newreport released today.


June 12, 2013--Colorado scientists quantify increased dust pollution (Summit Voice)

Significant dust storms the past few years have had a big impact on the timing of snowmelt in the Colorado Rockies, but scientists haven’t been able to say for certain if those events are becoming more frequent.


June 10, 2013--Amount of dust blown across the West is increasing, says CU-Boulder study (North Forty News)

The amount of dust being blown across the landscape has increased over the last 17 years in large swaths of the West, according to a new study led by the University of Colorado Boulder.


May 29, 2011--Rafters keeping nervous eye on snowmelt (Durango Herald)

Swollen rivers fed by huge amounts of snow still waiting to melt off mountaintops have Colorado rafting guides bracing for a season that could be spectacular – or disastrous if the runs are too dangerous for rafting. The Coloradoan newspaper reports that Poudre River rafting companies are


May 28, 2011--Pine beetle epidemic likely to affect water flow in Routt County (Steamboat Today)

It was known early on that the 4 million acres of lodgepole pine infested by the beetle in Colorado and southern Wyoming would drastically change the landscape. The most obvious danger was the dead trees themselves, that unless removed, presented falling hazards for forest users.


May 5, 2011--Flooding feared amid runoff from record Colorado snowpack (Denver Post)

A record Colorado snowpack has the potential to cause record flooding this spring if it doesn't start trickling off the mountains soon, and federal agencies are watching n


Dust to Get Worse

Desert dust blowing from the Southwest into the Rockies has been implicated in everything from earlier snowmelt and air quality violations to causing avalanches. A new study indicates these storms will become more frequent and intense as increased temperature kill desert vegetation. A research team from the U.S. Geological Survey and UCLA looked at climate, vegetation, and soil measurements collected over a 20-year period in Arches and Canyonlands National Parks in southeastern Utah. Long-term data indicated that perennial vegetation in grasslands and some shrublands declined with temperature increases. The study then used these soil and vegetation measurements in a model to project future wind erosion.


April 25, 2011--A 21st-century water forecast (New York Times)

The broad-brush conclusion of a new federal report on the future impact of climate change on water in the West is a bit familiar. Throughout the West, there will be less snow, and what snow there is will melt faster. The dry Southwest is going to get drier, and the wet Northwest wetter.


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