Monday, April 8, 2013

Rockies Today, April 8

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Groups sue Montana DEQ over lapsed discharge permits
The Cottonwood Environmental Law Center and Montana River Action filed a lawsuit in state district court against the Montana Department of Environmental Quality for allowing dozens of discharge permits to expire for at least a year, a violation of the Clean Water Act.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; April 6

Northwest Montana river basins boast best snowpack levels in the state
The mountains in the Kootenai and Flathead river basins have snowpack levels at the 30-year median, the best in Montana, but in Kalispell, the city had the least amount of snowfall in 120 years.
Flathead Beacon; April 8

Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. says Peace River most endangered
The proposed Site C dam on British Columbia's Peace River earned that river's the top spot on the Outdoor Recreation Council of B.C. annual ranking of rivers at risk in the province, with the lower Fraser River earning second place.
Calgary Herald (Vancouver Sun); April 8

Snowpack in Washington state deepest in the West
Using measurements collected from mountain ranges on April 1 in the West, the Natural Resources Conservation Service reported Friday that Washington state had the most snow in its mountain ranges, while Arizona had the least.
Aspen Times (AP); April 8

BLM releases assessment of changing climate's effect on Colorado Plateau
Environmental groups are urging the Bureau of Land Management to make changes to its management plan for the Colorado Plateau in light of the agency's recent rapid ecoregional assessment done on the area that stretches from Colorado into Utah that indicates a hotter, drier environment.
Aspen Times; April 8

Colorado College's annual conference begins tonight
"Conservation in the Rockies: Issues of Citizen Science, Water Friendly Futures, and Winter Recreation," is the theme of Colorado College's annual conference which begins tonight on its campus in Colorado Springs.
Mountain West News; April 8

Energy company, Wyoming counties' officials protest BLM's management plan
The Bureau of Land Management's updated management plan for 2.4 million acres of its land in Wyoming is being criticized for being too restrictive by Alberta-based Encana Oil and Gas, as well as commissioners from Fremont and Natrona counties.
Casper Star-Tribune; April 8

FAA to delay air tower closures until June 15
On Friday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced that closures of air traffic control towers due to sequestration cuts at 149 airports around the nation, including in Idaho and Montana, would be delayed until June 15.
Washington Post; April 6

Utah among states to criminalize taping of farm cruelty
In response to undercover videos that showed farm workers punching pigs in Wyoming and other forms of cruelty to animals in confined animal feeding operations in other states, state legislatures in Utah, Iowa and Missouri passed laws making such covert filming of abuse a crime, while attempts to do so failed in Wyoming and New Mexico.
New York Times; April 7

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