Monday, September 10, 2012

The Rockies Today, Sept. 10

Posted By on Mon, Sep 10, 2012 at 10:57 AM

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Hotter, drier weather affects power plants across the U.S.
Hydroelectric plants aren't the only power plants affected by rising temperatures and drought, as nuclear and coal-fired plants in the U.S. have been forced to shut down or curb operations when water either isn't available for cooling operations or is too warm for such operations.
Washington Post; Sept. 9

Groups file notice of intent to sue over wolf delisting in Wyoming
WildEarth Guardians and other environmental groups filed a formal notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service over its recent decision to remove wolves in Wyoming from federal protection.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 10

Colorado counties press for federal fix to allow abandoned mine cleanup
Abandoned mines in Colorado and other western states continue to leak toxic chemicals into waters, but efforts to clean up those mines stalled after a ruling that the work could trigger Clean Water Act violations, but with water becoming increasingly scarce, Colorado counties are pressing federal lawmakers to pass "Good Samaritan" legislation that would allow such cleanup work to be done without accruing federal liability.
Denver Post; Sept. 10

Flows in Colorado river at fourth lowest level in nearly a century
The Colorado Division of Water Resources has water flow records for the Animas River dating back 99 years, with the lowest flows reported in 2002, and this year the flows are the fourth lowest.
Durango Herald; Sept. 10

Partnership with oil company keeps water flowing in B.C. town
Years ago, Shell Canada approached Dawson Creek officials with a proposal to help the B.C. town build a $14-million wastewater treatment plant in exchange for a secure supply of water for its nearby natural-gas operations, and the plant went online last week, during the worst drought in decades that may force some other energy firms to halt operations as water is no longer available for them.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 10

Residents in W. Montana urged to evacuate as wildfire advances
High winds on Sunday blew new life into the Sawtooth Fire burning west of Hamilton in Montana, where residents were put on notice that they may need to evacuate.
Missoulian; Sept. 10

Restoration project in Colorado puts cows to work
Cows are begin grazed on a test plot in the Coal Basin in the White River National Forest in Colorado to see if the critters can help restore the hardened soil atop waste coal piles.
Aspen Times; Sept. 10

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