Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017

Natural order

NISP plan clears Colorado Parks and Wildlife hurdle

The remnants of a effluent bridge from the old Great Western Sugar Factory stand tall as the Cache la Poudre River flows Monday, April 25, 2016. The bridge, located along the Poudre River trail between Mulberry Street and Timberline Road, was used to dump factory waste in a field adjacent to the river.(Austin Humphreys/The Coloradoan)


Coloradoan & Northern Water

A fish and wildlife mitigation plan for a massive water storage and delivery project proposed in Northern Colorado now has the OK of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission. The panel last week gave its unanimous support to Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District's plan, which set out to address the impacts of the Northern Integrated Supply Project on fish and wildlife. Concerns about the plan have centered on the Poudre River's health. The wildlife mitigation plan must also be approved by Colorado Water Conservation Board and be signed by the governor.


Bill would settle tribe’s claims to Colorado River

Daily Miner & Arizona Public Radio

Sens. Jeff Flake and John McCain introduced the Hualapai Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act to settle the claims of the Hualapai Tribe. The major Colorado River water settlement bill aims to deliver more certainty for water users throughout Arizona and provide the tribe with economic opportunities, lawmakers and tribal leaders say. The bill would allocate more than 1.3 billion gallons of water per year and include a 70-mile pipeline.


Science of fighting wildfires gets a satellite boost

Wired, & Helena Independent Record

Across nine states in the West, nearly 1.5 million acres are on fire. And, as Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke puts it, the wall of wildfires isn't a result of drought or climate change, it's mismanagement resulting from lawsuits by “environmental extremists.” Finger-pointing aside, what can the Forest Service do to better fight these fires? The answer, some say, is to look to outerspace, and back down to Canada. Meanwhile, some relief is coming in the form of rain and snow in the Rockies, and assistance to farmers and ranchers.