Environment

3:38pm

Tue May 27, 2014
Environment

Northern Water Reservoirs Full As Spring Runoff Intensifies

The Cache La Poudre River at College Ave. bridge in Fort Collins on May 24, 2014.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC

Northern Colorado’s water storage is nearing capacity headed into the peak season for farm and residential users due to mountain snow melt and rains. Horsetooth Reservoir and Carter Lake are already full.

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5:00am

Mon May 26, 2014
Environment

USFS Advances Forest Thinning Due To Beetles, Disease

Credit Colorado State Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service is accelerating mitigation work on nearly 10 million acres of national forest lands in Colorado that are at higher risk of wildfires due to beetle infestation and disease.

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5:00am

Mon May 26, 2014
Environment

Is Corn Dust Killing Bees?

Farmer Nathan Anderson wears beekeeping gear to protect himself when he opens or closes the pollen traps on bee hives on his farm. He has allowed researchers to place three pairs of hives on his fields.
Credit Amy Mayer / Harvest Public Media

Nathan Anderson stops his red pick-up truck alongside a cornfield on his farm near Cherokee, Iowa. The young farmer pulls on a heavy brown hoodie, thick, long, sturdy gloves and a beekeeper’s hat with a screened veil. He approaches a pair of hives sitting on the edge of a field recently planted with corn and adjusts a yellow plastic flap that traps some of the pollen the bees bring back to their hive.

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9:07am

Wed May 21, 2014
Agriculture

Now Appearing: Hemp, For The First Time In Decades

At Centennial Seeds in Lafayette, Colo., Ben Holmes is testing hemp varieties. Holmes made his name distributing and breeding strains of medical and recreational marijuana, but recently has become a prominent figure in Colorado’s fledgling hemp industry.
Credit Luke Runyon / KUNC and Harvest Public Media

6:06am

Wed May 21, 2014
Environment

Why Those Tiny Microbeads In Soap May Pose Problem For Great Lakes

Originally published on Wed May 21, 2014 1:19 pm

Researcher Sherri Mason looks for microbeads in a water sample from Lake Michigan. Legislation to phase out products containing the beads is pending in New York and Illinois.
Cheryl Corley

From the shoreline at North Avenue Beach in Chicago, the blue water of Lake Michigan stretches as far as the eye can see. But beneath that pristine image, there's a barely visible threat, says Jennifer Caddick of the Alliance for the Great Lakes: microbeads.

These tiny bits of plastic, small scrubbing components used in hundreds of personal care products like skin exfoliants and soap, can slip through most water treatment systems when they wash down the drain.

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