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Water bills propose desalination, hydropower and a BLM transfer

May 24, 2013

The debate over the federal government's role in research and development will turn to desalination technology this week, as a House Natural Resources Committee subpanel weighs whether to renew a 16-year-old funding program.

On Thursday, the committee's subpanel on Water and Power will...

Farmers struggle as aquifer runs dry

May 24, 2013

The southern part of the High Plains Aquifer, located in Texas, Kansas and Colorado, is running out of water.

About one-fifth of farmland along a 100-mile stretch of the aquifer has gone dry.

Farmers relied on the aquifer for water during the last two drought-stricken years. And...

Silvery minnow faces cruel, cruel summer on parched Rio Grande

May 21, 2013

With flows on the Middle Rio Grande in central New Mexico expected to slow to a trickle this summer, the endangered silvery minnow is facing one of its worst years ever.

Farms and cities in the Middle Rio Grande Valley that rely on the river are also bracing for low flows. Under a 2003...

Feds join forces on Rio Grande cleanup, restoration

May 21, 2013

It's usually the Rio Grande's waning flow that gets the most attention from environmentalists and regulators, but water quality is also a big problem, officials made clear at a pair of meetings here yesterday.

At an afternoon event along an urbanized stretch of the Middle Rio Grande here...

Warm spring temps shrank Rockies snowpack over last 30 years

May 21, 2013

When a Denver resident turns on the sprinkler in midsummer, it applies last winter's Rocky Mountain snowfall to the lawn. In the northern Rockies, that snowmelt fills the Columbia River, whose hydroelectric dams provide power to Seattle residents. Meanwhile, the meltwater flowing into the...

Exxon Mobil challenges Yellowstone River spill fines

May 17, 2013

Exxon Mobil Corp. is challenging $1.7 million in penalties for a 63,000-gallon crude oil spill in the Yellowstone River, according to documents.

The penalties were proposed by the Transportation Department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, which cited bad decisions...

New fracking rules attempt to placate opposing camps

May 16, 2013

The Obama administration on Thursday unveiled a new proposal for regulating hydraulic fracturing on federal lands, rolling back some measures from its original, abandoned draft as it sought to ease concerns the rules would be too burdensome for producers.

The U.S. Interior Department...

Do we need a better yardstick to measure severe droughts?

May 13, 2013

After more than a decade, the U.S. Drought Monitor might be due for a tuneup.

As Illinois' State Climatologist Jim Angel puts it, it's like the scene in the 1984 parody of hard rock documentaries "This Is Spinal Tap" in which heavy metal guitarist Nigel Tufnel shows off his amplifiers...

Montana tribes get $600k from U.S. EPA for cleanup

May 13, 2013

American Indian tribes on two Montana reservations have been awarded a combined $600,000 under a federal program to clean up contaminated properties.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announcement was part of $62 million in grants awarded nationwide.

When the cleanup is done...

Carbon milestone a reminder of things to come

May 13, 2013

The Earth's atmospheric carbon dioxide levels passed an ominous milestone yesterday when a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration observatory on the Big Island in Hawaii registered 400 parts per million for the first time.

It's a concentration of CO2 that has not existed in the...

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