American Rivers ranks Colorado River as most endangered in U.S.
Demand for Colorado River water that has already outstripped supplies ranked that river as first on American River's annual list of the most endangered rivers in the United States.
Denver Post; April 17
B.C., Idaho, Montana river watershed on American Rivers' endangered list
Five open-pit coal mines in the Elk River watershed, a major tributary of the Kootenai River, an international watershed that covers 18,000 square miles in British Columbia, Montana and Idaho, were cited by American Rivers for ranking the Kootenai River among the most endangered in the United States, and the group is urging its 100,000 members to write Secretary of State John Kerry to use the International Joint Commission to protect the river.
Toronto Globe and Mail; April 17
U.S. House committee approves Keystone XL pipeline bill
The U.S. House Energy and Commerce Committee voted 17-6 on Tuesday to advance legislation that would allow Congress to approve the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.
Great Falls Tribune; April 17
U.S. House subcommittee holds hearing on slate of Antiquities Act bills
Utah U.S. Rep. Rob Bishop led the hearing Tuesday before a House Natural Resources subcommittee on a number of bills sponsored by Republican lawmakers from western states authored to either limit presidential use of the Antiquities Act, used in the past to designate national monuments, or to exempt states from the use of such a designation, with bills offered by Utah, Nevada, Idaho and Montana lawmakers getting a hearing.
Salt Lake Tribune; April 17
Cougar research in Wyoming turns up some interesting results
The Teton Cougar Project in Wyoming has been following the big cats for a dozen years, and a number of papers on that research will soon be published, including one that documents how wolves have dramatically reduced the cougar population, primarily by killing cubs.
Jackson Hole News & Guide; April 17
Groups ask Colorado to force cleanup of shuttered uranium mines
At a hearing today, Colorado's Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety will hear arguments from environmental groups who want the state to stop granting temporary cessation permits to uranium mines that haven't produced for years and to require the owners of those mines to begin cleaning them up.
New York Times; April 17
Idaho Land Board approves largest timber sale in decades
On Tuesday, the Idaho Land Board approved a plan to harvest 249 million board feet of timber in 2014, the highest logging level in decades.Idaho Statesman (Spokane Spokesman-Review); April 17
April storms boost snowpack levels in Colorado
Recent snowstorms in Colorado have raised snowpack levels from 72 percent of average in February to 93 percent Monday, and there's more snow forecast for the Centennial State.
Denver Post; April 17
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