<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sat, 30 Apr 2016 18:44:20 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fracking leaves legacy of soil, water pollution in North Dakota, study finds]]> http://gazette.com/fracking-leaves-legacy-of-soil-water-pollution-in-north-dakota-study-finds/article/1574936?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fracking-leaves-legacy-of-soil-water-pollution-in-north-dakota-study-finds/article/1574936?custom_click=rss

A published and peer-reviewed Duke University study finds that thousands of saltwater and frack flowback spills throughout the oil patch have left a legacy of toxic contamination, including radioactive soils and polluted streams unsafe for human consumption and aquatic health.

The Duke team of researchers, which advocated that more study is needed, published the findings Wednesday in the Environmental Science & Technology journal.

A North Dakota health official said the study only looked at spills still being remediated, not sites that have been cleaned up.

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 14:22:11 -0600
<![CDATA[5,600 fish killed by chemical runoff from Colorado construction site]]> http://gazette.com/5600-fish-killed-by-chemical-runoff-from-colorado-construction-site/article/1574919?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/5600-fish-killed-by-chemical-runoff-from-colorado-construction-site/article/1574919?custom_click=rss

Chemical runoff from a construction site produced a massive fish kill March 7 on the Lower North Fork Big Thompson and Big Thompson River from Drake to west Loveland, according to Colorado Parks and Wildlife.

In a statement posted on its website, the agency said more than 5,600 fish, including rainbow and brown trout, suckers and dace, died and blamed the incident on the Storm Mountain Road Bridge reconstruction project along Larimer County Road 43. Details of the event are still under investigation.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials estimated that the area impacted by the kill extends 8.3 miles downstream from Loveland's water treatment facility. The release said portions of the Big Thompson River between Drake and

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Wed, 27 Apr 2016 08:57:55 -0600
<![CDATA[How does water go from reservoir water to drinking water?]]> http://gazette.com/how-does-water-go-from-reservoir-water-to-drinking-water/article/1574702?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/how-does-water-go-from-reservoir-water-to-drinking-water/article/1574702?custom_click=rss

How does water go from reservoir water to drinking water?

Raw Water Storage Tank: Prior to entering the plant, water is stored in a 10-million gallon storage tankCoagulation: Untreated reservoir water is mixed with ferric sulfate, which causes the dirt/sediment in the water to bind together and become large particles.Flocculation: Water flows into tanks, when paddles slowly mix it to bring the smaller sediment particles together to form larger ones called “floc.”Sedimentation: Gravity and angled plates are used to settle the particles to the bottom of the tank. The particles (solid) are vacuumed out and stored in outdoor sediment pounds to dry and are eventually disposed of off-site.Ozone Treatment: Ozone is used to purify

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Tue, 26 Apr 2016 09:25:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs, 3 other cities one vote away from water-supply security]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-3-other-cities-one-vote-away-from-water-supply-security/article/1574708?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-3-other-cities-one-vote-away-from-water-supply-security/article/1574708?custom_click=rss

As if through a giant drinking straw, the Southern Delivery System is expected to start sucking Arkansas River water out of Pueblo Reservoir and delivering it to the Colorado Springs area on Wednesday.

The launch of the long-awaited SDS hinges on a vote by Pueblo County commissioners Monday to approve a stormwater deal with Colorado Springs, thus freeing the SDS 1041 permit the commissioners granted in 2009.

The start of the SDS will culminate 20 years of planning, years of quarreling between Pueblo County and Colorado Springs, and six years of building 53 miles of huge pipelines, three pump stations and a 100-acre water treatment plant.

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Mon, 25 Apr 2016 10:24:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Hundreds in Springs area give their Saturday to Great American Cleanup]]> http://gazette.com/hundreds-in-springs-area-give-their-saturday-to-great-american-cleanup/article/1574703?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-in-springs-area-give-their-saturday-to-great-american-cleanup/article/1574703?custom_click=rss

Twelve-year-old Kieri Vandeest never gets up early on the weekends, but on Saturday she was in the shower before 7 a.m.

"I couldn't believe it," said her dad, Darrel Vandeest. "She was excited."

It was Kieri's first community service project, a requirement of the National Honor Society, into which she was recently inducted at North Middle School.

"I'm here to support her," Kieri's dad said. "Me and her mom encourage them to get out and do stuff like this."

The father-daughter team were among some 800 volunteers who rolled out of bed Saturday morning, pulled on gloves, and started scouring parks, streambeds, rights-of-way and other public spaces for litter, during the Pikes Peak Partners Great American Cleanup.

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:56:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Southern Delivery System alignment map]]> http://gazette.com/southern-delivery-system-alignment-map/article/1574706?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/southern-delivery-system-alignment-map/article/1574706?custom_click=rss

 Connection to Pueblo Reservoir: Water stored in Pueblo Reservoir travels through a connection built for SDS called the North Outlet Works to begin its journey. Juniper Pump Station: Located at Lake Pueblo State Park adjacent to the dam, this pump station propels the water 1,500 feet in elevation and about 50 miles north. This station houses four 2,750 horsepower pumps. Tunnel Under I-25: To better protect the environment and save $10 million, a mile-long tunnel for the pipe was built up to 85 feet deep under Interstate 25, Fountain Creek and two sets of railroad tracks. Fountain Creek Improvement Project: This project located on Clear Spring Ranch near Fountain was built to reduce erosion and sedimentation in a section of

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:54:01 -0600
<![CDATA[7 numbers to know about the Southern Delivery System]]> http://gazette.com/7-numbers-to-know-about-the-southern-delivery-system/article/1574715?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/7-numbers-to-know-about-the-southern-delivery-system/article/1574715?custom_click=rss Here are seven numbers the know about the Southern Delivery System:

$825 million

The overall cost of the Southern Delivery System


$985 million

Original estimated cost of SDS. Cost-cutting measures resulted in significant savings.


5 million

Expected output per day, which can increase to 50 million when needed



Recipients: Colorado Springs, Pueblo West, Fountain, Security



Number of Colorado companies that have worked on SDS



Number of football fields that could be contained within the Edward W. Bailey W.

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Sat, 23 Apr 2016 17:52:02 -0600
<![CDATA[US Sen. John McCain calls for criminal probe into mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/us-sen.-john-mccain-calls-for-criminal-probe-into-mine-spill/article/1574676?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-sen.-john-mccain-calls-for-criminal-probe-into-mine-spill/article/1574676?custom_click=rss

PHOENIX — U.S. Sen. John McCain on Friday called for a criminal investigation into actions by the Environmental Protection Agency that led to a mine spill polluting rivers in three Western states last summer.

During a congressional hearing on the issue in Phoenix, McCain said EPA officials knew about the potential for catastrophe and failed to do proper testing before inadvertently triggering the 3 million-gallon spill at the inactive Gold King Mine last August.

"What is clear now is that not enough has been done," McCain said. "I've come to the conclusion that a DOJ criminal investigation is merited and must now occur.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:31:39 -0600
<![CDATA[Pros help Sierra High School students create outdoor classroom as Earth Day project]]> http://gazette.com/pros-help-sierra-high-school-students-create-outdoor-classroom-as-earth-day-project/article/1574672?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/pros-help-sierra-high-school-students-create-outdoor-classroom-as-earth-day-project/article/1574672?custom_click=rss

Earth Day 2016 won't ever be forgotten at Sierra High School. Not only did students help plant trees, bushes and flowers, they also received a significant gift that will keep giving year after year.

The Southern Chapter of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado supplied 32 volunteers and donated $20,000 worth of materials to build Colorado Springs' first landscaping learning lab.

"We hope this sparks an interest in students to want to do landscaping as a career," said Matt Hiner, owner of Hiner Landscapes and president of the local chapter of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado.

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Fri, 22 Apr 2016 20:08:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Front Range flunks on air-quality group's ozone report card]]> http://gazette.com/front-range-flunks-on-air-quality-groups-ozone-report-card/article/1574508?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/front-range-flunks-on-air-quality-groups-ozone-report-card/article/1574508?custom_click=rss

DENVER — An annual report card on air quality says the Front Range from Colorado Springs to Greeley and Fort Collins gets a failing grade on ozone pollution.

The American Lung Association rankings released Wednesday say eight Western Slope counties did a little better, with grades ranging from B to F.

The report card listed the Denver metro area as the eighth-worst city in the nation for ozone.

The group rated only 17 of Colorado's 64 counties on ozone. Data was incomplete or unavailable for the others.

Colorado fares better on particulate pollution. The group gave 13 Colorado counties an A, B or C but gave Denver a D. The other counties weren't graded.

State air pollution officials didn't

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Wed, 20 Apr 2016 17:51:41 -0600
<![CDATA[Storms raised some pollutants after mine spill, not others]]> http://gazette.com/storms-raised-some-pollutants-after-mine-spill-not-others/article/1574256?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/storms-raised-some-pollutants-after-mine-spill-not-others/article/1574256?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Runoff from autumn storms kicked up the levels of some contaminants in a southwestern Colorado river after a massive spill of toxic mine waste, but concentrations of other pollutants declined or didn't change, researchers said Friday.

A report released by the Environmental Protection Agency could offer clues about what will happen to the Animas River this spring and summer when melting snow from the San Juan Mountains makes the waterway run higher, potentially stirring up pollutants that had settled to the bottom after the spill.

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Sat, 16 Apr 2016 14:39:13 -0600
<![CDATA[Senate GOP to subpoena EPA chief in Colorado mine spill]]> http://gazette.com/senate-gop-to-subpoena-epa-chief-in-colorado-mine-spill/article/1574025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/senate-gop-to-subpoena-epa-chief-in-colorado-mine-spill/article/1574025?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans vowed Tuesday to issue a subpoena to force the head of the Environmental Protection Agency to appear at a field hearing in Phoenix next week on a toxic mine spill that fouled rivers in three Western states and on lands belonging to two Native American tribes.

Wyoming Sen. John Barrasso said the Senate Indian Affairs Committee will vote Wednesday on a plan to subpoena EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy.

Barrasso chairs the Indian Affairs panel, which is conducting an April 22 hearing on the 3-million gallon spill at Colorado's abandoned Gold King Mine. The Aug. 5 spill contaminated rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, as well as in the Navajo Nation and Southern Ute

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:06:04 -0600
<![CDATA[Garden-care giant to drop chemicals linked to bee declines]]> http://gazette.com/garden-care-giant-to-drop-chemicals-linked-to-bee-declines/article/1574024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/garden-care-giant-to-drop-chemicals-linked-to-bee-declines/article/1574024?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Amid ominous warnings about threats to pollinators and the food crops they make possible, garden-care giant Ortho said Tuesday it will stop using a class of chemicals widely believed to harm the most important pollinators of all: bees.

Bees are critical to the food supply because about one-third of the human diet comes from insect-pollinated plants, and honeybees are responsible for 80 percent of that pollination. Concern about bee health is growing, with federal officials considering whether to protect two species of wild bumblebees.

Ortho said it has already removed neonicotinoids from the majority of its products used to control garden pests and diseases. It plans to remove it from all the rest in

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 18:02:11 -0600
<![CDATA[Hickenlooper asks feds to reconsider Oregon LNG terminal]]> http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-asks-feds-to-reconsider-oregon-lng-terminal/article/1574013?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hickenlooper-asks-feds-to-reconsider-oregon-lng-terminal/article/1574013?custom_click=rss GRAND JUNCTION — The Colorado governor has asked the federal government to reconsider a proposal for a liquefied natural gas pipeline that would give his state access to markets on the West Coast.

The Daily Sentinel reports (http://bit.ly/1N6Tpj5 ) that Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to take another look at the Jordan Cove and Pacific Connector Pipeline Project.

The commission turned the project down last month, saying there wasn't enough interest from purchasers.

Veresen Inc., the company seeking the project, says it has preliminary agreements for at least half its initial capacity.

The West Slope Colorado Oil and Gas Association praised Hickenlooper's

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 16:33:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Sarah Palin and Bill Nye Featured in Anti-Climate Change Film]]> http://gazette.com/sarah-palin-and-bill-nye-featured-in-anti-climate-change-film/article/1574005?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/sarah-palin-and-bill-nye-featured-in-anti-climate-change-film/article/1574005?custom_click=rss

In an unusual pairing, former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and popular climate change advocate Bill Nye will be featured voices reacting to the premiere screening of an anti-climate change documentary on Capitol Hill.

Palin will participate in a panel discussion following the screening of the documentary "Climate Hustle" on Thursday. A video featuring an interview between Bill Nye "the science guy" and Marc Morano, one of the film's producers, will be shown during the panel, as well.

The documentary created by the conservative think tank Committee for a Constructive Tomorrow, will also be screened nationwide in a one-night engagement in select cinemas on May 2 presented by Fathom Events and SpectiCast.

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Tue, 12 Apr 2016 13:48:45 -0600