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BLM study shows that Colorado Plateau will get hotter and drier

April 8, 2013

Conservationists are lobbying the Bureau of Land Management to overhaul its policies in the Colorado Plateau after the agency's own study indicated big alterations are coming over the next 50 years because of climate change.

The vast Colorado Plateau is home of the spectacular canyon...

Western Colo. residents question credibility of water sampling

April 8, 2013

Area residents, concerned about the discovery of extremely high levels of the toxic compound benzene 10 feet from the banks of Parachute Creek, are calling on state officials to take over the water sampling duties currently being conducted by a private company.

That company, Bargath LLC...

Feds project climate change will double wildfire risk in forests

April 8, 2013

The hotter, drier climate will transform Rocky Mountain forests, unleashing wider wildfires and insect attacks, federal scientists warn in a report for Congress and the White House.

The U.S. Forest Service scientists project that, by 2050, the area burned each year by increasingly severe...

USGS advancing toward developing nationwide 'water budget' data

April 5, 2013

The Obama administration today released a report updating an ambitious, congressionally authorized effort to develop a national water census that could one day provide accurate, real-time data on freshwater supplies for thousands of watersheds nationwide.

Today's report released by the...

Colo. gas leak discovery highlights oversight problems

April 5, 2013

A leak found along a liquid gas pipeline in Colorado has highlighted the ineffectiveness of the agencies charged with monitoring the state's pipelines.

The pipeline in western Colorado has leaked thousands of gallons of benzene and other liquid hydrocarbons into the ground. If the...

Utah rejects Snake Valley water pact with Nevada

April 5, 2013

Gov. Gary Herbert on Wednesday announced he is rejecting a controversial deal that would have shared with Nevada rights to water in an aquifer beneath Snake Valley, sending some 21 billion gallons of water annually to Utah’s western neighbor.

Herbert said it was one of the most difficult...

Western states brace for another fiery summer

April 5, 2013

A tenacious drought has left millions of acres in the West and elsewhere prone to intense wildfires again this year.

And the Forest Service, hamstrung by budget cuts, will have less resources for fire management this time around.

Arizona, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico and Southern...

Healthy Forest Management Act gets mixed reviews at Colo. meeting

April 5, 2013

La Plata County Commissioners have yet to give their official support to a bill sponsored by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton that would give state and county governments more say in the management of certain high-risk areas within U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management lands.

The...

Mont. Republican tests waters on conservation

April 5, 2013

Montana's lone congressman, Republican Steve Daines, is showing early signs that he may break from his predecessor, Republican Denny Rehberg, on key conservation bills in the Treasure State.

While Daines, a Bozeman businessman, is yet to take positions on bills to designate new wilderness...

Export opponents threaten lawsuit over coal dust pollution

April 5, 2013

Groups opposed to increased coal exports from the Pacific Northwest today threatened to sue BNSF Railway Co. and several coal companies over allegations of coal dust pollution from moving trains.

The Sierra Club joined conservation groups Puget Soundkeeper Alliance, Columbia Riverkeeper,...

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