Thursday, July 14, 2016

Not so great

Great Salt Lake faces ruin after years of abuse, neglect


E&E Publishing

For a long time, the lake that lends its name to Salt Lake City was taken for granted by most and treated as a sewer by some of the nation's biggest polluters. But the Great Salt Lake can no longer be ignored. The lake is afflicted with all the problems facing lakes in the American West, including misguided water management schemes, historic drought and climate change. Diversions that have taken 39 percent of the lake's inflows have caused the lake level to drop 11 feet, and it has lost 48 percent of its volume.


Support for Colo. diversion plan runs wide, deep

Grand Junction Daily Sentinel

A proposal to divert Colorado River water to Denver recently won the endorsement of Gov. John Hickenlooper and the approval of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. But Denver Water’s Gross Reservoir expansion may be just as notable for its general lack of opposition west of the Continental Divide.


Study: Perennials would cut nutrient runoff to Gulf

A new study shows that an increase in perennial bioenergy grasses throughout the Corn Belt would lead to a significant reduction in nitrogen moving down the Mississippi River and into the Gulf of Mexico. The study used computer models to simulate how various levels of perennial grasses might affect the level of nutrient runoff from Midwestern farmland.

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