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Jewell wins confirmation as Interior secretary

April 12, 2013

By a vote of 87 to 11, the Senate approved Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI) chief executive Sally Jewell on Wednesday as the next Interior secretary.

Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), who chairs the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, told his colleagues Wednesday that Jewell had...

Groups ask judge to reconsider decision upholding Grand Canyon mining limits

April 11, 2013

Groups opposing the Obama administration's ban on new mining claims on 1 million acres around the Grand Canyon are asking an Arizona federal judge to reconsider his decision last month upholding large-scale land withdrawals.

Arizona U.S. District Court Judge David Campbell ruled...

Water board votes to make 'priority call' on N.M.'s Pecos River

April 11, 2013

A small water agency in southern New Mexico has moved to force state agencies that control water distribution to deprive some users of their supplies.

The local agency, the Carlsbad Irrigation District, or C.I.D., acted to ensure that its alfalfa farmers receive the supplemental...

States to have say on 'blueways' designation for watersheds

April 11, 2013

Wyoming congressional leaders praised outgoing Interior Secretary Ken Salazar today for committing to obtain state support before designating watersheds into the National Blueways System program he unveiled last year.

Wyoming Republican Sens. Mike Enzi and John Barrasso and Rep. Cynthia...

Federal plan seeks landowners to protect Missouri River basin

April 10, 2013

The Obama administration is proposing a major new effort to work with private landowners along a pristine stretch of the Missouri River that bisects Nebraska and South Dakota in an effort to preserve thousands of acres of sensitive lands and dozens of ecologically significant fish species.

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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...

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