Thursday, July 20, 2017

River report card

Do Colorado's 8 major river basins make the grade?

A map shows Colorado's eight major river basins. (Conservation Colorado)


Aspen Public Radio & Conservation Colorado

Colorado’s rivers received their first report cards from an environmental organization last week, and it’s a mixed bag. Conservation Colorado assessed the eight major river basins in the state, and only the Yampa, which runs through the Northwest corner of the state, received top marks. The largest basin in the state, the Arkansas, earned a C. Although it’s famous for trout fishing and rafting, the Arkansas is polluted by heavy metals from mining operations.


Saving water lowered rates in 2 Arizona cities

Circle of Blue

A research project conducted in the Arizona's Tucson and Gilbert sought to measure the effect on current water prices if both cities had not embraced conservation measures years earlier. The breakthrough study by the nonprofit Alliance for Water Efficiency found that conservation is a winning financial strategy. Tucson’s rates for water and sewer service are at least 11.7 percent lower, and Gilbert's 5.8 percent lower.