Environment

12:52pm

Tue February 28, 2012
Environment

Report Critical of Large Water Storage Projects

The Arkansas River outside of Cotopaxi, Colorado
LeeAnne Adams Flickr - Creative Commons

The second in a two-part report released Tuesday by a Boulder-based conservation group projects that water managers in the Arkansas River basin can exceed expected water demands by implementing a mix of conservation and small water storage projects.

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12:00am

Fri February 24, 2012
Environment

Letter Urges Test Of Rocky Flats Plutonium Dust

A 1995 photograph of the former Rocky Flats Nuclear Plant
US Federal Government Wikimedia/CreativeCommons

Several residents around the former Rocky Flats Nuclear site have written a letter to cities including Golden, Broomfield and Westminster. They’re urging them to ask the Environmental Protection Agency to test dust being kicked up on the east side of the site.

 The residents are concerned about possible plutonium particles in the dust along an eastern section of the Rocky Flats National Wildlife Refuge.  The area they want tested is on land being considered for sale to construct a section of the Jefferson Parkway Toll road near Golden.

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4:16pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Environment

Group Proposes Truce in Western Slope Drilling Battle

In western Colorado, there’s a new twist in the battle over plans to open up a scenic area near Carbondale to oil and gas drilling as a local conservation group has now offered to pay several companies not to develop leases they hold in the area.  

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2:34pm

Wed February 22, 2012
Environment

River Advocates Rally at Colorado Capitol

Conservationists rallied outside the west entrance to the state capitol Wednesday.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Conservation groups are renewing calls for tighter environmental regulations to protect the Upper Colorado River, which supplies water for millions and also generates millions of dollars for western Colorado’s tourism-based economy. 

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2:50pm

Tue February 21, 2012
The Picture Show

From Waterfall To Lavafall: Yosemite's Fleeting Phenomenon

Copyright Michael Frye

If you head to Yosemite National Park this time of year and stop by Horsetail Fall at just the right time, you might see something spectacular: As the sun sinks low in the sky, the waterfall glows with streaks of gold and yellow — and it looks just like molten lava.

Photographers like Michael Frye flock to the park every February to try to capture the phenomenon. Frye, author of The Photographer's Guide to Yosemite, describes the sight to NPR's Audie Cornish.

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