<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sat, 30 Jul 2016 18:30:04 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Officials work to assess watershed conditions in wake of Hayden Pass fire]]> http://gazette.com/officials-work-to-assess-watershed-conditions-in-wake-of-hayden-pass-fire/article/1581525?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-work-to-assess-watershed-conditions-in-wake-of-hayden-pass-fire/article/1581525?custom_click=rss

As the Hayden Pass fire dies down, officials' concerns have shifted from battling the blaze to addressing the impacts it could have on the landscape.

Wildfires increase the risk of flooding, soil erosion and flow of debris in, around and downstream from burned areas, the U.S. Forest Service said in a statement Friday.

The agency advised that residents and visitors near areas impacted by the fire pay attention to local forecasts and be prepared for weather events, such as thunderstorms and heavy rain.

The fire remained 58 percent contained Friday, sprawling over 16,559 acres about 20 miles southeast of Salida. One-hundred-thirty-six personnel were on scene Friday, according to an update from fire officials.



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Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:51:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Water advisory ended for Falcon residents]]> http://gazette.com/water-advisory-ended-for-falcon-residents/article/1581290?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-advisory-ended-for-falcon-residents/article/1581290?custom_click=rss

A precautionary boiled-water order was in place briefly Wednesday morning for residents of Falcon Highlands Metropolitan District while officials tested the water for contamination.

The tests were ordered after an "electric/mechanical" failure in the district's water infrastructure caused a loss of pressure on Sunday, prompting concerns that the change might allow a disease-causing organisms into the drinking supply, District Manager Cynthia Beyer said Wednesday.

But test results came back clean. At about 9:22 a.m. Wednesday, the district was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment that the boil advisory had been rescinded, Beyer said.

The district is upgrading its hardware and software



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Wed, 27 Jul 2016 13:31:11 -0600
<![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