Article Courtesy of Jakob Rodgers | November 8th, 2016 | The Gazette | Published as Educational Material New revelations are arising that the Air Force ignored past studies describing the harms of PFOA pollution in water. The Air Force had not done anything to recognize the danger of firefighting foam (a PFOA containing material) till […]
Article Courtesy of Bruce Finley | July 7th, 2016 | The Denver Post | Published as Educational Material Residents south of Colorado Springs have been expressing fear due to new revelations that the water they’ve been drinking for the past few years was contaminated by PFCs. It was found that many private wells were contaminated, […]
Though the florescent orange runoff from the Gold King Mine has long since faded from the Animas River, the effort to prevent similar, future environmental disasters from happening at the thousands of abandoned mines that dot the West has endured.
“Water banking” is an emerging term in western Colorado as water planners work on concepts to protect water supplies in the face of long-term drought, increasing demand and the uncertainties of a changing climate.
In a desperate attempt to maintain somewhat “normal” levels of activity, water is being pumped out of the ground in the western half of the nation at an absolutely staggering pace. Once that irreplaceable groundwater is gone, that is when the real crisis will begin.
Kern County—located at the southernmost end of California’s ag-centric Central Valley—is as rich in petroleum as it is in crops. And recently the county’s oil interests have been cashing in on the hydraulic fracturing boom. Squirt chemicals into the ground, and oil and natural gas come out. Water gets burped up in the fracking process, too, but it’s too loaded with salt, hydrocarbons, and other chemicals for irrigation or drinking. Standard practice is to pump it back into the ground.
A CSU-led research team that analyzed more than 200 research papers, studies and literature about hydraulic fracturing found that there’s still not enough research to fully understand the environmental implications of the process. Nine of the 16 major biocides used in hydraulic fracturing have chronic toxicity effects, including effects that are developmental, reproductive, mutagenic, carcinogenic or neurological. Three of the remaining seven could transform into products with toxic potential.
Greenwood village commissioner Richard Nickerson was one of the Robie Avenue homeowners to test his well water after learning about elevated arsenic levels from his neighbours.
Colorado is looking for 163 billion gallons of water, and a long-awaited state plan for finding it calls for increased conservation, reusing treated wastewater and diverting more water from the Western Slope.
Despite being covered in solar panels, Del Norte is still at risk of losing power if its main power line goes down.
A coalition of Front Range water utilities is calling in a letter for assurance that a new transmountain diversion project will be a part of a state plan aimed at filling the anticipated future gap between demand and supply.
Many Northern Colorado water users, from the city of Fort Collins to farmers on the Eastern Plains, will start the summer with less water than they hoped, after the Northern Water Conservancy District announced its spring water quota on Friday.