Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016


Lake Mead likely to skirt shortage line for another year


Las Vegas Review-Journal

Despite sinking to a record low in early July, Lake Mead should be just full enough on Jan. 1 to avoid an unprecedented federal shortage declaration for at least one more year. Decisive projections released Tuesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation call for the reservoir east of Las Vegas to start 2017 with a surface elevation of about 1,079 feet above sea level. That’s roughly 4 feet above the line that would force Nevada and Arizona to cut their Colorado River water use.


EPA targets problem-plagued Colo. mine project

Denver Post

Colorado still harbors hopes of revived mining with state regulators backing a problem-plagued May Day Mine project west of Durango that this week became the target of an EPA lawsuit alleging desecration of mountain wetlands. If problems are fixed, the state natural resources officials said, the extraction of gold, silver and other minerals in La Plata County could move forward.


Stuff Iowans flush could come back to haunt them

Quad-City Times

Caffeine and a drug used to regulate blood sugar levels for people with Type 2 diabetes wash down the drain every day to become some of the most common unregulated contaminants in Iowa’s public drinking water, an IowaWatch investigation revealed. The presence of these contaminants is so minuscule that what a drinking water consumer takes in is fairly minimal. But federal government officials are concerned about them because the risks of chronic ingestion of these contaminants are unclear.

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