Mon July 29, 2013

Longmont Meeting Participants Support 51st State

Cheyenne County Commissioner Rod Pelton discusses why his county has already decided to put the 51st state issue on the ballot this November.
Grace Hood KUNC

More than 50 turned out for the second of four public meetings focusing on whether Weld County should band together with Eastern Colorado counties and form a 51st state.

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Mon July 29, 2013

Prairie Plants Help Restore Farmland Soil

Seth Watkins says this pond was cloudy from sediment runoff until he cleared cedar trees and scrub brush from an adjacent patch of prairie. With the long roots of the grasses holding soil and trapping nutrients, the pond cleared up.
Amy Mayer Harvest Public Media

The world’s soil is in trouble, even in the fertile Midwest.  Some experts warn that if degradation continues unchecked, topsoil could be gone in 60 years. That has implications for agriculture and the broader environment.

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Wed July 24, 2013

What's Swimming In The River? Just Look For DNA

Originally published on Wed July 24, 2013 5:34 pm

Biologists normally look for the hellbender slamander, which is known by the nickname "snot otter," under rocks in streams. But now there's a gentler way: They can take water samples and look for traces of the animals' DNA.
Robert J. Erwin Science Source

If you want to protect rare species, first you have to find them. In the past few years, biologists have developed a powerful new tool to do that. They've discovered that they can often find traces of animal DNA in streams, ponds — even oceans.

The idea took root just five years ago, when biologists in France found they could detect invasive American bullfrogs simply by sampling pond water and looking for an exact genetic match to the frogs' DNA.

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Mon July 22, 2013
NPR Story

Fish Return To A Mining County River

Originally published on Mon July 22, 2013 7:02 pm



From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.


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Sun July 21, 2013

Cancer Concerns With Colorado's Drilling, Fracking Boom

As gas and oil drilling are reaching all-time highs in Colorado, drilling is occurring closer to schools and residential neighborhoods, like this one in Fort Collins.
David O. Williams Colorado Public News