Thursday, Feb. 8, 2018

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Unique Colorado agreement could aid West’s rivers

Fly fishing at Crystal River, Colorado. A pilot agreement with a local rancher could help protect river flows during dry times of the year. (Natasha Japp Photography)

Natasha Japp

Water Deeply & KPBS San Diego

There is a new way to put water back in Colorado’s parched rivers. In January, the nonprofit Colorado Water Trust announced a pilot agreement with a Carbondale rancher to increase streamflows in the Crystal River during dry years. What's remarkable about the deal is that it is the first to involve the timing of irrigation diversions. It's also an important test for whether this type of conservation program can work for ranchers and rivers.

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A Montana town has a plan for wastewater: snow

Water Deeply & Bozeman Daily Chronicle

The ski town of Big Sky, Mont., has become one of the world’s most exclusive ski resorts and, not surprisingly, it has encountered some growing pains. The biggest problem is groundwater, wastewater, and the Gallatin River. But instead of taking the usual treatment options, the Big Sky community came up with a novel idea: snowmaking.

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Oklahoma has the same quake risk as California?

Business Insider, U.S. Geological Survey, Science

Until recently, earthquakes in Oklahoma were few and far between. By comparison, Southern California has about 10,000 earthquakes each year. But that disparity may be shrinking. According to a forecast from the U.S. Geological Survey, the risk of a damaging earthquake in some parts of Oklahoma is now about the same as the risk in parts of California. And a new study suggests that Oklahoma's fracking-related wastewater operations could be playing a key role.

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