Thursday, May 11, 2017

Water test

Lawmakers OK bill to test Colorado schools for lead

School water fountain. (Jason Gillman/Pixabay)


Coloradoan and Denver Post

A measure providing money for Colorado schools to voluntarily test for lead in campus drinking water will soon become state law. The passage of House Bill 1306, which was among a slew of water bills under consideration, will help ensure that children aren’t exposed to dangerous levels of lead, said school and health officials. HB 1306 is aimed primarily at older elementary schools with the hope that all public schools will be tested and analyzed by 2020.


Nevada ‘big dig’ could help avert flood

Reno Gazette Journal and KMSP Eden Prairie

One small scoop from an excavator helped people in Nevada’s Lahontan Valley breathe one giant sigh of relief Wednesday. That’s because it allowed floodwaters from the Carson River to safely pass under Highway 50 en route to the Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge. It capped off a six-week effort to build a 17-mile canal to divert the deluge from this season's record Sierra Nevada snowpack.


This neighborhood cut water use by 15M gallons

National Audubon Society

When Don Ireland moved in, the Cherry Creek Townhomes in Denver, Colo., was landscaped with plants that needed lots of water. Then there were the water-wasting old appliances. But after some education, and a little nudging, his community cut its water use from 37 million gallons a year in 2009 to 22 million gallons in 2014, earning them a Habitat Hero award. The secret? Native plants.