Watersheds

October 30, 2012--Native seed shortage hampers wildfire recovery in the West (Durango Herald)

High demand has increased the price and hurt the supply of native seeds needed to replant areas devastated by drought in some areas of the West and wildfires that burned millions of acres of land nationally. Some agencies reported shortages of sagebrush seed as dry conditions hamper the ability of unburned plants to produce new seed for harvest.


October 18, 2012--Ozone affects forest watersheds (Science Daily)

U.S. Forest Service and Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) scientists have found that rising levels of ozone, a greenhouse gas, may amplify the impacts of higher temperatures and reduce streamflow from forests to rivers, streams, and other water bodies. Such effects could potentially reduce water supplies available to support forest ecosystems and people in the United States.


July 10, 2012--The worst wildfire season in decades is causing significant environmental damage (Washington Post)

The worst wildfire season in decades is not only blackening tens of thousands of acres in Western states; it is also creating significant environmental damage. Water quality, for example, is being compromised up to 100 miles from burn sites. Although forest fires are a natural occurrence, recent fires are more extreme, and humans can take much of the blame.


June 15, 2012--U.S. wildfires fuel urgency for forest restoration (Aspen Times)

As firefighters battle blazes in New Mexico and Colorado that have forced evacuations and destroyed hundreds of structures, the U.S. Forest Service chief is renewing his call to restore forests to a more natural state, where fire was a part of the landscape.


June 1, 2012--Thinking like a watershed (Summit Voice)

Fresh water is a finite global resource becoming scarcer with increasing human population and consumptive water uses. At the same time, global climate is becoming less predictable and traditional water sources may be less reliable.


May 22, 2012--Watersheds (Environmental News Network)

Climate change will affect specific water basins in the U.S. differently, based on the particular hydrologic and geologic conditions in that area.


April 6, 2012--Impact of warming climate doesn't always translate to streamflow (Science Daily)

An analysis of 35 headwater basins in the United States and Canada found that the impact of warmer air temperatures on streamflow rates was less than expected in many locations, suggesting that some ecosystems may be resilient to certain aspects of climate change.


March 26, 2012--Redford puts star power behind Colorado River film (New York Times)

Actor and director Robert Redford, a longtime environmental activist, has teamed with his son to film a documentary about the Colorado River system, which conservationists believe is endangered by decades of development and global warming. Redford, 76, who lives in Utah, traveled to Washington, D.C.


November 9, 2011--New Forest Service maps link healthy drinking water to healthy forests (North Forty News)

The U.S. Forest Service today unveiled a comprehensive series of maps that illustrate for the first time the crucial role Front Range forests play in sustaining the watersheds that are most important to the quality of Colorado’s surface drinking water.


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