<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Wed, 28 Sep 2016 01:23:52 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Security water district now off contaminated well water]]> http://gazette.com/security-water-district-now-off-contaminated-well-water/article/1586479?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/security-water-district-now-off-contaminated-well-water/article/1586479?custom_click=rss

Security's water district has completely switched from contaminated well water to cleaner surface water pumped in from the Pueblo Reservoir, the agency announced Tuesday.

The move by Security Water and Sanitation Districts signaled the last time that contaminated water is expected to reach residents' homes, said Roy Heald, the water district's general manager.

"We're confident now that we can maintain this, really, until we can get treatment online," Heald said.

Security's announcement comes as temperatures cool and the summer watering season comes to a close.

Water districts in Security, Widefield and Fountain have traditionally relied largely on surface water pumped into the area from the Pueblo Reservoir



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Tue, 27 Sep 2016 21:22:40 -0600
<![CDATA[Goats ready to battle Colorado Springs park's weeds again - if dog problem has been solved]]> http://gazette.com/goats-ready-to-battle-colorado-springs-parks-weeds-again-if-dog-problem-has-been-solved/article/1586143?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/goats-ready-to-battle-colorado-springs-parks-weeds-again-if-dog-problem-has-been-solved/article/1586143?custom_click=rss

More than 400 goats will return to Bear Creek Regional Park to again wage war on noxious weeds.

But after two years of battling off-leash dogs as well as the weeds near the park's community garden, the owner of the herd is bringing the animals back on Monday with a very serious caveat:

"This is assuming people are going to help me out and keep their dogs leashed," said Lani Malmberg, the Wyoming-based herder. "I will (remove the goats) again if we have the same trouble. (El Paso County) has had one year to fix this problem. I will be ready to leave."

Last fall, Malmberg pulled her goats from the Charmaine Nymann Community Garden after loose dogs began to harass her goats three days into the 10-day job.



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Mon, 26 Sep 2016 09:17:33 -0600
<![CDATA[Algae treatment kills hundreds of fish in Colorado]]> http://gazette.com/algae-treatment-kills-hundreds-of-fish-in-colorado/article/1586222?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/algae-treatment-kills-hundreds-of-fish-in-colorado/article/1586222?custom_click=rss

JOHNSTOWN, Colo. — Colorado Parks and Wildlife is investigating Johnstown officials after their attempt to treat an algae outbreak left nearly 1,000 fish dead.

The Greeley Tribune reports that Parks and Wildlife spokeswoman Jennifer Churchill says a worker put a copper sulfate into the town's reservoir this summer to treat the algae. She says chemical ended up suffocating 972 fish.

The National Pesticide Information Center says copper sulfate can cause sudden plant death, causing fish to suffocate because of depleted oxygen and clogged gills.

The reservoir is used for the town's drinking water and recreational fishing. Officials didn't say there was any concern about the chemical's effects on human health. In



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Sat, 24 Sep 2016 16:31:53 -0600
<![CDATA[McDivitt files for class action on second groundwater contamination lawsuit in Colorado Springs area]]> http://gazette.com/mcdivitt-files-for-class-action-on-second-groundwater-contamination-lawsuit-in-colorado-springs-area/article/1586169?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/mcdivitt-files-for-class-action-on-second-groundwater-contamination-lawsuit-in-colorado-springs-area/article/1586169?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs law firm filed the second lawsuit this week targeting the manufacturers of a firefighting foam believed to have contaminated drinking water in Security, Widefield and Fountain.

McDivitt Law Firm capped a monthlong campaign to woo clients by filing a federal lawsuit Thursday seeking class-action status on behalf of thousands of people whose tap water comes from the fouled Widefield aquifer.

The case largely mirrors another federal class-action lawsuit filed earlier this week by a Denver law firm targeting 3M, Ansul Foam of Wisconsin and National Foam of Pennsylvania.

McDivitt's suit also named those companies as defendants, but it added three more: Chemguard of Wisconsin, as well as Angus Fire and



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Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:58:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Prediction: Colorado’s Front Range likely to see more 100-degree days and severe storms as climate changes]]> http://gazette.com/prediction-colorados-front-range-likely-to-see-more-100-degree-days-and-severe-storms-as-climate-changes/article/1586141?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/prediction-colorados-front-range-likely-to-see-more-100-degree-days-and-severe-storms-as-climate-changes/article/1586141?custom_click=rss

Denver and other cities along Colorado’s Front Range are likely to see more hotter days each year, including an average of seven days with temperatures exceeding 100 degrees, according to climate analyses commissioned by city and state agencies.

The three analyses by the Louisville-based Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, released Thursday morning, also predict, with less certainty, an increase in severe storms dropping significant rain or snow.

If heat-trapping emissions into the atmosphere keep increasing, researchers found, the northern Front Range climate by 2050 will be fundamentally different.



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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 23:13:41 -0600
<![CDATA[1 down, 2 to go: Drake power plant units' demise being planned]]> http://gazette.com/1-down-2-to-go-drake-power-plant-units-demise-being-planned/article/1586079?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/1-down-2-to-go-drake-power-plant-units-demise-being-planned/article/1586079?custom_click=rss

Unit 5 is pretty much history at the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant, and the next issue is how soon Unit 6 can be decommissioned, too, Colorado Springs Utilities managers reported Wednesday.

The three-unit downtown plant is to close completely by 2035, but the Utilities Board has questioned whether Units 6, 7 or both could be closed earlier.

The board wanted Unit 5 decommissioned by Dec. 31, but much of that work already is done, said Aram Benyamin, general manager of Utilities' Energy Supply Division.

The unit hasn't operated since March, and its main natural gas supply has been severed and capped. "No weak links" have been found since, Benyamin said.

The crew still has some tasks, such as isolating the coal



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Thu, 22 Sep 2016 16:05:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs parks, turf and trees' thirst requires more water money]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-parks-turf-and-trees-thirst-requires-more-water-money/article/1586081?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-parks-turf-and-trees-thirst-requires-more-water-money/article/1586081?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs' parks, grass and trees need more water. About $450,000 worth of water. And they need it soon, a parks manager told the Utilities Board on Wednesday.

Water costs paid to Utilities have escalated, said Kurt Schroeder, park operations and development manager.

While the Parks Recreation and Cultural Services' budget was slashed by 80 percent between 2008 and 2010, potable water rates doubled between 2008 and 2012, from $93 to $188 for 1 inch of water on 1 acre, Schroeder said.

Meanwhile, drought conditions in 2008, 2010 and 2012 brought the city less precipitation than the average in bone-dry Tucson, Ariz.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 21:11:37 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs law firm plans second Widefield water lawsuit]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-law-firm-plans-second-widefield-water-lawsuit/article/1586025?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-law-firm-plans-second-widefield-water-lawsuit/article/1586025?custom_click=rss

A Colorado Springs law firm said it is readying a lawsuit targeting the manufacturers of a firefighting foam believed to have contaminated drinking water in Security, Widefield and Fountain.

McDivitt Law Firm said it plans to file a lawsuit this week over the fouling of the Widefield Aquifer, which supplies drinking water to thousands of residents in southern El Paso County.

McDivitt is partnering with a New York firm, Napoli Shkolnik, PLLC, which has been running television ads in recent months to woo clients.

Mike McDivitt, the firm's founder, said about 1,000 people have retained his firm, and many more residents have expressed interest.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:44:25 -0600
<![CDATA[Stephen Hawking, 375 scientists slam Trump for threatening to abandon Paris climate accord]]> http://gazette.com/stephen-hawking-375-scientists-slam-trump-for-threatening-to-abandon-paris-climate-accord/article/1586019?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/stephen-hawking-375-scientists-slam-trump-for-threatening-to-abandon-paris-climate-accord/article/1586019?custom_click=rss

Earlier this year, Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump sparked the ire of scientists and climate activists when he vowed to “cancel the Paris climate agreement” once in office. Now, hundreds of U.S. scientists have addressed this threat in an open letter warning of the perils of such action.

Signed by 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, the letter explicitly refers to “the Republican nominee for President” and notes that “such a decision would make it far more difficult to develop effective global strategies for mitigating and adapting to climate change.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 11:51:20 -0600
<![CDATA[Lawsuit filed by Colorado Springs-area water customers in connection with contaminated wells]]> http://gazette.com/lawsuit-filed-by-colorado-springs-area-water-customers-in-connection-with-contaminated-wells/article/1585989?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lawsuit-filed-by-colorado-springs-area-water-customers-in-connection-with-contaminated-wells/article/1585989?custom_click=rss

Three Security Water District customers have filed a federal class-action lawsuit against companies that manufactured a military firefighting foam that's thought tied to contaminated wells in Widefield, Security and Fountain.

The foam was used for decades at Peterson Air Force Base and contains a chemical found in public and private wells at levels that exceed Environmental Protection Agency standards issued in May. The contamination was revealed after testing this year, and thousands of residents in the area have been drinking bottled water to avoid the perfluorinated compounds detected in wells.



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Wed, 21 Sep 2016 09:20:13 -0600
<![CDATA[US agency orders corrective action after gas pipeline spill]]> http://gazette.com/us-agency-orders-corrective-action-after-gas-pipeline-spill/article/1585707?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/us-agency-orders-corrective-action-after-gas-pipeline-spill/article/1585707?custom_click=rss

US agency orders corrective action after gas pipeline spill

ATLANTA (AP) — Fuel supplies in at least five states are threatened by a gasoline pipeline spill in Alabama, and the U.S. Department of Transportation has ordered the company responsible to take corrective action before the fuel starts flowing again.

Colonial Pipeline Co. must conduct testing and analysis on the failed section of the pipeline, according to the department's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Agency, which is investigating the spill in rural Alabama.

The company has acknowledged that between 252,000 gallons and 336,000 gallons of gasoline leaked from a pipeline near Helena, Alabama, since the spill was first



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Sat, 17 Sep 2016 14:11:55 -0600
<![CDATA[Fishermen upset over creation of Atlantic's first monument]]> http://gazette.com/fishermen-upset-over-creation-of-atlantics-first-monument/article/1585607?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fishermen-upset-over-creation-of-atlantics-first-monument/article/1585607?custom_click=rss

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — Fishermen in New England say President Barack Obama needlessly dealt a big blow to their industry when he created the Atlantic Ocean's first marine national monument and circumvented the existing process for protecting fisheries.

The new Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument consists of nearly 5,000 square miles of underwater canyons and mountains off the New England coast. The designation will close the area to commercial fishermen, who go there primarily for lobster, red crab, squid, whiting, butterfish, swordfish and tuna.

After Thursday's announcement, fishermen pondered their next move: sue, lobby Congress to change the plan or relocate.



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Fri, 16 Sep 2016 08:44:54 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama lays claim to being America's first ocean president]]> http://gazette.com/obama-lays-claim-to-being-americas-first-ocean-president/article/1585530?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-lays-claim-to-being-americas-first-ocean-president/article/1585530?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON - Speaking to representatives from dozens of countries gathered in Washington for the third annual Our Ocean conference, President Barack Obama said Thursday that it was urgent that leaders take swift, bold action to safeguard oceans around the globe.

"We cannot truly protect our planet without protecting our ocean," the president said, adding that the U.S. and others had begun to address threats such as climate change and overfishing. "But it's no secret that we're going to have to do a lot more, and we're going to have to do it fast."

Obama listed several of the steps he had taken while in office to promote conservation, including his move Thursday to create the first-ever marine national monument in the



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Thu, 15 Sep 2016 18:38:33 -0600
<![CDATA[CDOT: Measures will avoid repeat Big Thompson fish kill]]> http://gazette.com/cdot-measures-will-avoid-repeat-big-thompson-fish-kill/article/1585207?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/cdot-measures-will-avoid-repeat-big-thompson-fish-kill/article/1585207?custom_click=rss

FORT COLLINS — Fallout from the March concrete spill that killed 5,600 fish in the Big Thompson River has heightened considerations of how those rebuilding U.S. Highway 34 will protect the embattled river that runs along the highway.

The three-year, $50 million project to repair damage U.S. 34 sustained during the 2013 flood begins in mid-October, closing 3 miles of the highway east of Drake until Memorial Day. Contractors are tasked with creating a more symbiotic relationship between the river and the rebuilt road while avoiding a fish kill or similar ecological mishap during the upcoming years of intense construction in the narrow canyon, reported The Coloradoan (http://noconow.co/2ckGoVr).



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Sat, 10 Sep 2016 19:39:04 -0600