Thursday, Sept. 15, 2016

Dammed if you do

Study offers ways to reduce environmental damage


Dams around the world provide critical water supplies and hydropower to growing communities and hundreds of new dams are proposed for developing economies. Though viewed as sources of potential green energy, their construction also poses a significant environmental cost. New research conducted at Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River offers insights into ways to temper detrimental effects of dams, including a proposed technique to mitigate impacts of a common practice called "hydro-peaking" that affects river food webs.


Off-grid couple wins fight against Colo. water law

H20 Radio

Living off the grid in Colorado's vast San Luis Valley, Chuck and Barbara Tidd needed to find a source of energy to supplement their solar panels. Their solution, to use a creek on their property to generate power, led to a legal battle that went all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court — where they won. That decision worries some who say this could upend water law that goes back 150 years.


Study to strengthen 'produced' water stewardship

Science Daily

Every year in the U.S., a whopping 20 billion barrels of water are generated as a byproduct of domestic oil and gas recovery, according to the U.S. Department of Energy. A joint research effort founded by the University of Kansas and West Virginia University — funded by a new $4 million grant from the National Science Foundation — aims to develop cutting-edge strategies for better management, treatment, protection and recovery of this produced water.

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