<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sun, 26 Jun 2016 09:34:59 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Colorado Springs-area water district issues usage restrictions]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-water-district-issues-usage-restrictions/article/1578484?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-area-water-district-issues-usage-restrictions/article/1578484?custom_click=rss

An emergency water restriction has been issued to residents in Monument after the city experienced "an abnormal, and unusually high weather demand" believed to have been caused by outdoor watering, according to a notice on the Triview Metropolitan District website.

The district asks residents to keep an eye on their water usage while officials and engineers look into the issue. The use of lawn sprinklers are prohibited, but watering through a drip systems is acceptable.

"It is important that this restriction be enacted so that the district can continue to serve more critical household water needs," the district said on its website. "We anticipate that these emergency measures will be short in duration.

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Sat, 18 Jun 2016 13:10:50 -0600
<![CDATA[Fires threatening communities around West]]> http://gazette.com/fires-threatening-communities-around-west/article/1578438?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fires-threatening-communities-around-west/article/1578438?custom_click=rss

GOLETA, Calif. (AP) — Fueled by hot and dry weather, wildfires threatened homes in California and other Western states as crews struggled to corral flames that have scorched miles of brush and timber.

About 140 homes and ranches were considered at risk in California, where a 1,400-acre fire was tearing through coastal canyons west of Santa Barbara, scorching an area that hadn't burned in 60 years.

The chaparral was "very dry, very dead-on-the-ground fuel for the fire," said Gina DePinto, communications manager for Santa Barbara County.

About 800 firefighters struggled to reach the narrow, brush-choked coastal canyons to attack the flames.

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Fri, 17 Jun 2016 12:48:14 -0600
<![CDATA[Wet May boosts snowpack in most of Colorado's river basins]]> http://gazette.com/wet-may-boosts-snowpack-in-most-of-colorados-river-basins/article/1577811?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/wet-may-boosts-snowpack-in-most-of-colorados-river-basins/article/1577811?custom_click=rss

DENVER — A wet May boosted the snow across most of Colorado's mountains, putting the state in good shape for the spring and summer runoff.

Water officials said Tuesday the snowpack in six of the state's seven river basins is well above normal for this time of year. The deeper snows range from 150 percent of normal in the Yampa and White Basin in northwestern Colorado to 235 percent in the South Platte Basin in north-central Colorado.

The exception is southern Colorado's Rio Grande Basin, which is 85 percent of normal.

Snowmelt flows into reservoirs and provides most of the state's water. City officials and irrigators monitor the snowpack to predict how much water will be available through the dry summer

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Wed, 08 Jun 2016 08:55:12 -0600