Monday, November 28, 2011

The Rockies Today, Nov. 28

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Watersheds in Montana national forest worst in four-state region
Region 1 of the U.S. Forest Service covers forests and grasslands in Montana and portions of Idaho and the Dakotas, and the watersheds contained within the Helena National Forest are in the worst shape in that region of the U.S. Forest Service.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 28

Montana DEQ quantifies problems with Little Blackfoot River watershed<
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality released its report on the state of the Little Blackfoot River watershed and what can be done to improve water quality in that watershed.
Helena Independent Record; Nov. 25

EPA, W.R. Grace in talks about waterborne asbestos in Montana river
Asbestos is being washed from the W.R. Grace vermiculite mine near Libby into streams and creeks and, ultimately, the Kootenai River in Montana, and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials and W.R. Grace representatives have been working on a remediation plan for the mine that includes a plan for Rainy Creek, the stream that contains the highest level of asbestos.
Ravalli Republic (AP); Nov. 28

Utah energy leases could test new federal environmental mandates
Six of the 11 Bureau of Land Management leases auctioned off in Utah this month brought record prices, but a protest has been filed on the leases by the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and other groups, which could test the environmental mandates put in place by Interior Secretary Ken Salazar in 2010.
Deseret News; Nov. 28

Aspen Times' series examines White River National Forest in Colorado
In the first of a five-part series on the White River National Forest in Colorado, the Aspen Times begins with an article on existing conditions in the forest.
Aspen Times; Nov. 28

Hydraulic fracturing raises concerns on Montana reservation
Companies drilling for oil on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana have used hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that pumps water, sand and chemicals underground under high pressure to break open rock formations holding oil captive, two dozen times over the past two years, and some residents of the reservation are concerned that the drilling method may contaminate drinking water resources on the reservation.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 27

Montana reservation requires drilling discharge water be trucked away
The discharge water from the use of hydraulic fracturing on the Blackfeet Reservation in Montana is trucked to two reinjection wells on private land near Dupuyer.
Great Falls Tribune; Nov. 28

Report: Parks in Alberta top draw in Canada
A new report that tracked the economic impact of Canada's national parks and historic sites released last week said that visitors to Banff, Lake Louise and Jasper in Alberta spent significantly more money than visitors to parks in other provinces.
Calgary Herald; Nov. 24

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