<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Tue, 26 Jul 2016 23:51:05 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Trail work to protect rare trout is underway near Colorado Springs]]> http://gazette.com/trail-work-to-protect-rare-trout-is-underway-near-colorado-springs/article/1581163?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/trail-work-to-protect-rare-trout-is-underway-near-colorado-springs/article/1581163?custom_click=rss

A project that has inspired nearly four years of discussion among local conservationists and recreationists is set to begin this week.

The contractor hired by the U.S. Forest Service to reconfigure trails through the Bear Creek watershed was anticipated to arrive Monday in the mountains southwest of Colorado Springs. The contractor, Trails Unlimited, is expected to get a feel for the area before beginning work designed to protect an endangered trout population.

Trail construction is scheduled to last through September and will coincide with the decommissioning of the beloved segment of Trail 667 running beside Bear Creek through Jones Park.

Along with 667, also known as upper Cap'n Jacks, portions of trails 666, 668,



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Tue, 26 Jul 2016 06:28:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Pot chemical in Colorado town's water closes restaurants]]> http://gazette.com/pot-chemical-in-colorado-towns-water-closes-restaurants/article/1581015?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pot-chemical-in-colorado-towns-water-closes-restaurants/article/1581015?custom_click=rss

HUGO — Bottled water was distributed to residents of the small Colorado town of Hugo on Friday as officials investigate the possibility that a marijuana chemical has contaminated the water supply.

Officials announced Thursday that some field tests had found THC, marijuana's psychoactive ingredient, in the water, but they were awaiting the results of more definitive laboratory tests which would also tell how much THC is in the water, if its presence is confirmed.

State health officials say it's too soon to know whether THC in the water would intoxicate people who drink it. Experts doubt adding raw pot to water would make it intoxicating.



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Sat, 23 Jul 2016 07:38:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Addition to Corral Bluffs Open Space on Colorado Springs' radar]]> http://gazette.com/addition-to-corral-bluffs-open-space-on-colorado-springs-radar/article/1580825?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/addition-to-corral-bluffs-open-space-on-colorado-springs-radar/article/1580825?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' Trails, Open Space and Parks program is eyeing land to add to Corral Bluffs Open Space, which was acquired eight years ago and remains closed to the public.

Earlier this week, committee members of the preservation group under the Colorado Springs Parks, Recreation and Cultural Services department toured some of a privately-owned 223-acre parcel edging the nearly 600 acres owned by the city. Corral Bluffs Open Space is shaped like a horseshoe, and the private land fills in the gap.

Chris Lieber, TOPS' program manager, described the land as "very meaningful" to the ultimate vision for the open space.



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Thu, 21 Jul 2016 07:29:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado parks officials want reports of wolf sightings]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-parks-officials-want-reports-of-wolf-sightings/article/1580652?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-parks-officials-want-reports-of-wolf-sightings/article/1580652?custom_click=rss

With occasional wolf sightings in Colorado, officials believe the animals may reestablish a population in the state.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife issued a statement Monday reminding residents that gray wolves are protected by the federal Endangered Species Act, and killing one may result in jail time and a fine of up to $100,000.

Colorado has seen an uptick in confirmed and unconfirmed wolf sightings as the animals have begun to appear in neighboring states, according to parks and wildlife.

"Wolves are known to travel long distances and we expect that they will continue to come into the state on their own," CPW director Bob Broscheid said in a statement.



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Mon, 18 Jul 2016 17:58:56 -0600
<![CDATA[Endangered trout feared to be lost by Hayden Pass fire]]> http://gazette.com/endangered-trout-feared-to-be-lost-by-hayden-pass-fire/article/1580252?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/endangered-trout-feared-to-be-lost-by-hayden-pass-fire/article/1580252?custom_click=rss

The Hayden Pass fire has burned over a creek in the Sangre De Cristo wilderness, and a fish is feared to be extinct.

A 3-mile stretch of Hayden Creek's south prong has been home to a thriving habitat of cutthroat trout protected by the Endangered Species Act, said Greg Policky, the Colorado Parks and Wildlife fish biologist who for years has worked with the U.S. Forest Service to maintain the species.

The family is "one of a kind," he said, related to the greenbacks with the same tiny appearance, but with DNA not known to be in any fish anywhere else.

They are more numerous than the only known pure greenback species found in the Bear Creek Watershed, a species the Forest Service plans to protect by altering nearby roads



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Thu, 14 Jul 2016 06:06:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Animal activists complain of Monument's prairie-dog eradication methods]]> http://gazette.com/animal-activists-complain-of-monuments-prairie-dog-eradication-methods/article/1580000?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/animal-activists-complain-of-monuments-prairie-dog-eradication-methods/article/1580000?custom_click=rss

Colorado animal-activist groups are outraged by the poisoning of several prairie dog colonies in the city of Monument not only because the prairie dogs are dying, but because other animals may be too.

The groups raise concerns for the burrowing owl, a species that is federally designated as endangered, that lives in prairie dog holes, and for other animals that may eat prairie dogs that have been poisoned. They also fear that because prairie dogs are a keystone species, eliminating them will cause the food chain to collapse.

However, city of Monument officials dismiss these accusations and say that the public's health is at risk if the animals aren't eliminated.



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Sun, 10 Jul 2016 13:42:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Cost of fixing toxic water rising south of Colorado Springs and nationally]]> http://gazette.com/cost-of-fixing-toxic-water-rising-south-of-colorado-springs-and-nationally/article/1579910?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cost-of-fixing-toxic-water-rising-south-of-colorado-springs-and-nationally/article/1579910?custom_click=rss

Government agencies are just beginning to scratch the surface of costs incurred by a frustratingly hardy, toxic chemical polluting waterways across the U.S.

Air Force officials already expect to spend more than $400 million to study the chemical's use in a firefighting foam at nearly 200 sites and replace it. Peterson Air Force Base and the Air Force Academy are on that list.

And on a local level, officials for water districts serving Security, Widefield and Fountain say they also may have to pay millions of dollars upgrading their water systems over the next few years to filter it out of tap water.

The tabs are expected to grow, and they don't include costs associated with cleanup efforts. In one such project, the Air



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Fri, 08 Jul 2016 21:20:23 -0600
<![CDATA[Range of solutions to Widefield aquifer problems being explored]]> http://gazette.com/range-of-solutions-to-widefield-aquifer-problems-being-explored/article/1579909?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/range-of-solutions-to-widefield-aquifer-problems-being-explored/article/1579909?custom_click=rss

Water districts in Security, Widefield and Fountain have been working to reduce their reliance on the Widefield aquifer until they can effectively remove PFCs from well water. These quickly evolving plans are likely to take years to complete.

Here's a rundown of those projects:

SHORT-TERM

Security and Widefield: No construction projects are likely to affect well-water usage by the end of the summer. However, Widefield Water and Sanitation District plans to create a free water-filling station within a month for residents along the western portions of Widefield to get up to 10 gallons a week.

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