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EPA to change the way it handles environmental justice complaints

May 6, 2013

U.S. EPA plans to change the way it investigates environmental justice complaints, recently releasing two policy papers that address long-standing criticism of the agency's Office of Civil Rights.

The papers target so-called Title VI complaints, which are named after a provision in the...

Report recommends steps for managing scarce water in parched N.M.

May 6, 2013

New Mexico will need to manage its increasingly scarce water supplies more carefully and more collaboratively if the state is to have a sustainable future, according to a report commissioned by Sen. Tom Udall (D-N.M.) and released today.

The report details the need to restore New Mexico's...

Sequestration pushes conservation agency toward 'breaking point'

May 2, 2013

Sequestration has affected the federal government's ability to put in place conservation measures on farmland, according to several organizations that work closely with the Agriculture Department.

The effects of the across-the-board spending cuts on farmland conservation programs, which...

Mont. ranchers take stand against coal

May 1, 2013

A battle is brewing over the future of energy development in a Montana region laced with coal.

A consortium headed by BNSF Railway Co. plans to build a rail line to take some of that Montana coal to market. But the Tongue River Railroad and a proposed coal mine at Otter Creek have...

New federal rules do more good than harm to the economy, says OMB

April 29, 2013

The benefits outweighed costs of most of the major rules and regulations that federal agencies issued last year, according to a report released yesterday by the White House.

The Office of Management and Budget is required to provide a report to Congress each year on the costs and benefits...

New Mexico grapples with tough choices amid drought

April 26, 2013

In Southern New Mexico, the mighty Rio Grande has gone dry — reduced to a sandy wash winding from this chile farming community to the nation’s leading pecan-producing county. Only puddles remain, leaving gangs of carp to huddle together in a desperate effort to avoid the fate of thousands of...

The more we warm, the faster climate zones will shift

April 24, 2013

Plants, animals and agricultural systems have adapted to thrive in certain climates, be they arid or wet, tropical or temperate.

At the globe warms, those climates will shift, potentially disrupting ecosystems and agriculture. A study published yesterday in the journal Nature Climate...

Utah county adopts state's first sage grouse conservation plan

April 15, 2013

The Box Elder County Commission on Tuesday endorsed a pilot program to poison ravens, remove pinyon and juniper, control noxious cheat grass and prevent fires in a formal bid to deter listing of the sage grouse under the Endangered Species Act.

Federal, state and local officials praised...

USFS budget emphasizes collaborative planning and conservation

April 15, 2013

President Obama's budget request for the Forest Service includes full funding for a popular collaborative restoration program and seeks increased funding for land acquisitions and private land easements.

The agency's $4.9 billion request is about the same as current funding levels.

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Water board puts pinch on Colorado-Big Thompson quota

April 15, 2013

For only the second time in 56 years, the quota set for the Colorado-Big Thompson Project will be limited by how little water is available, rather than based on the demands of the region.

After hearing suggestions from its water users Thursday, the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy...

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