March 12, 2010--Water shortages may hit northern Rockies (USA Today)

Much of the nation may be snow-weary, but farmers and ranchers who rely on winter snowpack in the northern Rockies for irrigation during the dry months of the growing season could face water shortages this summer unless more snow arrives soon.

January 24, 2010--Why is a utility paying customers? (New York Times)

Four decades ago, when Sid Erwin began his career as an inspector at the Idaho Power Company, a string of new hydroelectric plants was pumping out power faster than locals could buy it. Soon enough, Mr. Erwin recalls, the utility began sending representatives to rural areas, urging farmers to use more electricity when irrigating their crops.

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.

June 1, 2008--Former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner killed in plane crash (Idaho Statesman)

John W. Keys III, a former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner and longtime Boise resident, died Friday morning in a plane crash in Canyonlands National Park in Utah. Gary Kramer, 49, of Scottsdale, Ariz. also died in the crash.

April 4, 2008--Return of the Teton dam? (High Country News)

Almost 32 years ago, the Teton Dam in southeastern Idaho failed against the force of a 17-mile long, 270-foot deep reservoir. Eight months of stored stream flow and snowmelt crashed down the valley in less than six hours, swallowing the communities of Rexburg, Teton, Newdale and Sugar City.

March 27, 2008--Climate change said to affect streams and trees throughout the West (Glenwood Springs Post Independent)

Around the same time the American West started heating up five years ago, Colorado started losing its lodgepole pine forests to a beetle infestation. “The population built up rapidly and exploded.

February 26, 2008--Indian tribes exercising water rights (USA Today)

For decades, ranchers and farmers across the West have tapped into rivers and streams on or near Indian reservations. Now, as drought conditions plague big parts of the region, they're concerned their access to those sources could dry up. Although the U.S.

December 27, 2007--Report: Amonium finding its way into Rocky Mountain region parks (Denver Post)

A nitrogen compound associated with fertilizer and other agricultural activity is finding its way into national parks in the Rocky Mountain region. Ammonium can subtly change the ecosystems of lakes, ponds and alpine meadows. Ammonia is made of nitrogen and hydrogen. When it mixes with water, it becomes ammonium.

December 5, 2007--Alarm about mercury found in trout (Summit Daily)

Unhealthy levels of mercury have been found in Silver Creek, one of the tributaries to the Big Wood River (ID). Paid by The Nature Conservancy, a study was conducted by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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