Thursday, May 26, 2016

Unplugging the Colorado

Is the end near for one of the West’s biggest dams?

New York Times

New York Times

When Glen Canyon Dam was built in the 1950s, giant dams were championed as a silver bullet promising to elevate the American West above its greatest handicap — a perennial shortage of water. But today, there are signs that the promise of the great dam has run its course. Climate change is fundamentally altering the West, making it hotter and drier, with less water to store.

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New Mexico sues EPA, owners of Colorado mines

Denver Post

New Mexico launched a legal fight against the EPA and owners of a Colorado gold mine this week, demanding action, contending the Gold King disaster caused catastrophic harm to downriver people, aquatic insects and fish.

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Researchers seek to preserve Ogallala Aquifer

Associated Press

Researchers are confident they can reduce agricultural water use before tapping into the Ogallala Aquifer becomes economically prohibitive, but they’re not so sure producers will quickly buy into it. Spanning nearly 174,000 square miles, the aquifer is a primary water source for Oklahoma, Nebraska, Colorado, Kansas, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming.

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