Thursday, Nov. 16, 2017

Going down?

Rural Colorado at risk as Ogallala water levels drop

WRAY, CO - SEPTEMBER 12: Luis Rico climbs up a windmill as he and Jim Henson, both employees of New Banks Pumps, work on trying to fix a well on September 12, 2017 in Wray, Colorado. The two were able to get the well working again, but only less than a foot of water was measured in the well hole, leaving the rancher with only a trickle of water to fill the tanks for his cattle. (Photo by RJ Sangosti/The Denver Post)

Denver Post

Associated Press

The draining of a massive aquifer that underlies portions of eight states is drying up streams, causing fish to disappear and threatening the livelihood of farmers who rely on it for their crops. Water levels in the High Plains Aquifer, the Ogallala, underlies portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Kansas, Nebraska, New Mexico, Oklahoma, South Dakota and Texas. An analysis of federal data found the Ogallala aquifer shrank twice as fast over the past six years compared with the previous 60.


U.N.: Better protections needed from mine spills

Associated Press & U.N. Environment Program

The U.N. environment program says a string of mining waste disasters — some deadly — over the past decade show better protections are needed for communities downstream of massive polluted material storage sites. A UNEP report released this week tallies 40 significant mining accidents in the past decade. Most involved dams or other pollution storage areas that failed. Among them were a 2015 dam collapse at a Brazilian iron-ore mine that killed 19 people and the Gold King Mine disaster in the U.S. that spilled pollution into rivers in three Western states.


Wastewater treatment tech market on the rise

Water Technology

The volumes of wastewater — as well as the market for industrial water treatment technologies — are expected to rise, according to a new report from U.N. World Water Assessment Programme. The report discusses water reuse as a reliable alternative source of freshwater, "shifting the paradigm of wastewater management from 'disposal' to 'reuse and resource recovery.' "