Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014

Water in the West

Calif. drought foreshadows crisis for Mont., Wyo.

Water runs over the spillway at Pathfinder Dam on May 23, 2011. FILE PHOTO

Star-Tribune

Casper Star-Tribune

California is experiencing the worst drought in its recorded history, and experts say that much of the West, including Montana and Wyoming, could see similar weather events. So what is being done to conserve water for agriculture and fisheries? And could a 7,500-acre-foot reservoir be the answer?

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Study: Mining damage extends far downstream

Phys.org

Scientists have taken a first broad look at the impacts of mines across the country and found that mining can damage fish habitats miles downstream, and even in streams not connected to the mines.

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Program connects ranchers saving water, buyers

Billings Gazette

The idea is both simple and innovative: Connect a rancher or irrigator willing to conserve water with a private citizen willing to pay for the conservation.

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