Thursday, Feb. 25, 2016

Turning the tide

Counties vote yes on Superfund cleanup of old mines

Denver Post

Denver Post

Reversing decades of opposition, Silverton and San Juan County leaders in Colorado voted this week to ask the state to pursue a Superfund cleanup of the Gold King and 45 other inactive mines contaminating headwaters of the Animas River. Local leaders also are lining up Gov. John Hickenlooper and Sen. Michael Bennet as backup for dealing with the EPA.

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Colorado, Wyoming plan for river water share

National Public Radio

Who owns the water? It's a pressing question on the Colorado River, which runs from the Rockies into Mexico. Two states, Wyoming and Colorado, are thinking of building reservoirs to store water, perhaps leasing it to a state that needs it more.

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Nearly all U.S. forests threatened by drought

Science Daily

Forests across the United States are feeling the heat from increasing drought and climate change, according to a study by scientists from 14 research institutions. While the effects have been most pronounced in the West, the team found virtually all U.S. forests are now experiencing some degree of change and are vulnerable to future declines.

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