Watersheds

September 5, 2014--Forests dying as Rocky Mountains heat up (Beacon)

Nobody paid much attention at first when pine beetles started multiplying in the montane forests of Colorado in the late 1990s. Old-timers had seen it all before; a few years of beetle kill, then a long, hard early winter freeze that killed most of the bugs during their winter larval phase, suppressing numbers back down to an endemic background level.


August 28, 2014--New report covers wildfire impacts on water supplies, potentials for mitigation (Water World)

Throughout the last several years, there has been an increase in the frequency of severe wildfires across North America, ultimately raising concerns about the impacts on local natural resources such as water.


October 18, 2013--We need water markets if we're to solve the global water crisis (Forest Trends)

Four years ago, Kenyan farmer Chege Mwangi was a desperate man. Climate change had thrown off the timing of his harvests, and torrential rains were washing his topsoil into Lake Naivasha -- where flower-growers were suffering, too. Sediment from thousands of farms like Mwangi's was choking off their supply of fresh water.


October 14, 2013--New guidance to protect America's water and reduce costs with natural infrastructure (Water Online)

A group of water experts has released new guidance for U.S. resource managers to expand the availability of clean water through the conservation and restoration of forests and other natural infrastructure.


September 14, 2013--USDA, Coca-Cola sign 5-year partnership to help restore watersheds on national forest land (Washington Post)

The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola signed a five-year agreement Friday to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands.


May 16, 2013--Forest Service considers beetle epidemic options (Alamosa News)

Addressing the Rio Grande Roundtable on Tuesday, Rio Grande National Forest staff including Forest Supervisor Dan Dallas talked about how the current spruce beetle epidemic is affecting the forest presently and how it could potentially affect the landscape and watershed in the future. They also talked about what the Forest Service and other agencies are doing about the problem.


San Juan Bark Beetles and Watersheds Workshop (Durango, CO)

04/09/2013 6:00 pm
04/10/2013 3:30 pm

The Western Water Assessment, Mountain Studies Institute, San Juan Headwaters Forest Health Partnership, and U.S. Forest Service witll be sponsoring a San Juan Bark Beetles and Watersheds Workshop April 10, 2013 from 9:00 am to 3:30 pm at the Durango Public Library. There will also be a community meeting and open house in Pagosa Springs the evening of April 9th.


March 21, 2013--With Senate passage Wednesday, Colorado on the path to get watershed protection money (Denver Post)

Colorado is one step closer to receiving much-needed federal dollars to help repair damaged forests and waterways from last summer’s wildfires. The Senate on Wednesday approved $65.5 million in federal emergency watershed protection money. The U.S. House of Representatives, after much lobbying from the Colorado delegation, passed the measure earlier this month.


February 23, 2013--Bennett calls for money for Colorado's burned watersheds (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet stood in the snow on the Waldo Canyon burn scar on Friday and condemned the "political games in Washington" that he claims forestalle


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