Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017

Timber tinder

834 million dead trees put Colorado in danger

Aerial photo shows forested land in the Sangre de Cristo Range (Dr. Dan West, forest entomologist, Colorado State Forest Service)

Forest Service

Coloradoan & State of Colorado

Colorado’s forests are a living graveyard where 834 million dead linger among the survivors. Death’s growing share makes up 1 in 15 standing trees on Colorado’s 24.4 million forested acres, a testament to the whirlwind of population growth and the forces of nature. The influence of the lingering dead trickles down to nearly every Colorado resident. It puts the state in the crosshairs of devastating wildfire and compromises the delicate relationship between forests and the people who rely on them for clean and plentiful water.


Harmony on Bear River: A tale of 3 states, 1 river

Uinta County Herald

The unusual thing about the Bear River isn’t that it begins and ends in Utah, or even that it is the largest river on the North America continent that doesn’t empty into an ocean. The stunning fact about the Bear River is that it’s managed by three states in relative harmony. States fight each other with regularity over water, like the Tongue River water rights fight between Montana and Wyoming. But the Bear River Compact, up for mandated 20-year review this fall, has enjoyed decades of minimal controversy. The lack of fighting is notable, despite the unique needs and political pressures that exist in Utah, Wyoming and Idaho. What's their secret?


10 ways to build stormwater project consensus

Public Works Magazine

Forty agencies and organizations submitted a video for this year's Water Environment Federation StormTV competition. Check out the top 10 videos that were featured during WEFTEC this week, as well as a fact sheet on how to create a compelling outreach message.