Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

Below average

Colorado River's flow is forecast to decline from 2019

A boat passes silt banks towering more than 50 feet above the banks of the Colorado River near Pearce Ferry. DAVID WALLACE

Arizona Republic

Arizona Daily Star

The Colorado River had a great 2019, with Lake Mead rising the most in a decade due to heavy flows into the river stemming from last year’s primo snowpack. But 2020 isn’t shaping up as well, with a dry monsoon season and fall paving the way for expected below-average spring summer runoff. Right now, the April-July runoff is supposed to be 82% of average. That compares to 145% of average in 2019, the second-best runoff season in the past 20 years.


U.S. House votes to crack down on PFAS

Colorado Independent

The U.S. House passed a comprehensive legislative package that would crack down on a class of chemicals known as PFAS that are said to cause serious health problems. The PFAS Action Act includes a series of provisions designed to mitigate their harm. It would require the U.S. EPA to list certain PFAS chemicals as hazardous substances under the agency’s Superfund program.


Montana rule change requires school lead testing

Montana Public Radio

Montana has joined two dozen states and the District of Columbia in requiring all schools to test drinking water for lead. The rule change requires schools to test drinking fountains and sinks used for food preparation for lead every three years, beginning at the end of 2021. The new lead rule is part of a broader set of school and health safety rules through the Department of Public Health & Human Services.