<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sun, 26 Apr 2015 18:31:41 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[North Dakota, Colorado allowed to join Wyoming lawsuit against fracking rules]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/north-dakota-colorado-allowed-to-join-wyoming-lawsuit-against-fracking-rules/article/1550304?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/north-dakota-colorado-allowed-to-join-wyoming-lawsuit-against-fracking-rules/article/1550304?custom_click=rss

BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal court has allowed North Dakota and Colorado to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land.

The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The rule takes effect in June.

The three states assert the move is unlawful in part because it interferes with their own regulations that address the process.

Wyoming filed its lawsuit last month. A federal judge this week granted permission for both North Dakota and Colorado to intervene alongside Wyoming.



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BISMARCK, N.D. — A federal court has allowed North Dakota and Colorado to intervene with Wyoming in a lawsuit challenging new rules for oil and gas drilling on federal land.

The Obama administration announced in March that it will require companies that drill on federal lands to disclose the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The rule takes effect in June.

The three states assert the move is unlawful in part because it interferes with their own regulations that address the process.

Wyoming filed its lawsuit last month. A federal judge this week granted permission for both North Dakota and Colorado to intervene alongside Wyoming.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 17:23:27 -0600
<![CDATA[Group asks Colorado Supreme Court to reverse Christo artwork decision]]> BY KASSONDRA CLOOS kassondra.cloos@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/group-asks-colorado-supreme-court-to-reverse-christo-artwork-decision/article/1550251?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/group-asks-colorado-supreme-court-to-reverse-christo-artwork-decision/article/1550251?custom_click=rss

Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as ROAR, has filed a brief asking the Colorado Supreme Court to reverse its decision to allow an art installation that would cover six miles of the river with fabric panels.

ROAR argued in its brief that the Colorado Parks Board's actions and Court of Appeals decision to support them threatens the state Constitution, according to a press release the organization sent on Thursday.

The Colorado Parks Board violated its own regulations by allowing the project, by artist Christo, ROAR says, but the Court of Appeals found its actions to be "harmless.



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Rags Over the Arkansas River, also known as ROAR, has filed a brief asking the Colorado Supreme Court to reverse its decision to allow an art installation that would cover six miles of the river with fabric panels.

ROAR argued in its brief that the Colorado Parks Board's actions and Court of Appeals decision to support them threatens the state Constitution, according to a press release the organization sent on Thursday.

The Colorado Parks Board violated its own regulations by allowing the project, by artist Christo, ROAR says, but the Court of Appeals found its actions to be "harmless.

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Fri, 24 Apr 2015 08:06:34 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado forest service gives 5,000 trees to Black Forest homeowners]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-forest-service-gives-5000-trees-to-black-forest-homeowners/article/1550242?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-forest-service-gives-5000-trees-to-black-forest-homeowners/article/1550242?custom_click=rss The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County.

Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black Forest Together, the local recovery nonprofit. Big Thompson Canyon residents can get trees through the Big Thompson Canyon Association.

This is the second year of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery program. Last year's campaign distributed more than 9,000 trees to residents affected by the High Park fire, also in Larimer County.

Big Thompson Canyon residents picked up their trees on April 23.



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The Colorado State Forest Service and the Arbor Day Foundation have donated 10,000 trees to residents of Black Forest in El Paso County and the Big Thompson Canyon in Larimer County.

Five thousand trees will go to each community. In Black Forest, the trees will be given to homeowners who applied for them through Black Forest Together, the local recovery nonprofit. Big Thompson Canyon residents can get trees through the Big Thompson Canyon Association.

This is the second year of the Colorado Community Tree Recovery program. Last year's campaign distributed more than 9,000 trees to residents affected by the High Park fire, also in Larimer County.

Big Thompson Canyon residents picked up their trees on April 23.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 22:38:10 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado Springs citizens give Utilities an earful about climate change]]> By BILLIE STANTON ANLEU billie.stantonanleu@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-citizens-give-utilities-an-earful-about-climate-change/article/1550171?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-citizens-give-utilities-an-earful-about-climate-change/article/1550171?custom_click=rss

The meaning of Earth Day wasn't lost on Colorado Springs Utilities board members Wednesday, as more than two dozen citizens urged them to consider more renewable energy sources and to heed escalating climate change.

The two-hour parade of speakers seemed to touch on every conceivable benefit of clean energy, from promoting peace and increasing national security - by deterring wars over oil and gas - to protecting residents' health, especially that of poor and minority residents, by eliminating coal pollution.

Bob Powell, who has a Ph.D. in physics, said he's installed $27,000 worth of solar panels on his roof, so CSU is his customer, not vice versa.



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The meaning of Earth Day wasn't lost on Colorado Springs Utilities board members Wednesday, as more than two dozen citizens urged them to consider more renewable energy sources and to heed escalating climate change.

The two-hour parade of speakers seemed to touch on every conceivable benefit of clean energy, from promoting peace and increasing national security - by deterring wars over oil and gas - to protecting residents' health, especially that of poor and minority residents, by eliminating coal pollution.

Bob Powell, who has a Ph.D. in physics, said he's installed $27,000 worth of solar panels on his roof, so CSU is his customer, not vice versa.

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Thu, 23 Apr 2015 09:10:09 -0600
<![CDATA[Water pricing to spur conservation ruled unconstitutional]]> http://gazette.com/water-pricing-to-spur-conservation-ruled-unconstitutional/article/feed/225203?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-pricing-to-spur-conservation-ruled-unconstitutional/article/feed/225203?custom_click=rss

LOS ANGELES (AP) — An Orange County appeals court ruled Monday that San Juan Capistrano's tiered water rates are unconstitutional, potentially dealing a blow to agencies statewide that have used the pricing structure to encourage water conservation.

The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service.

The ruling comes shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued drought orders that call for rates, including tiered pricing, that encourage people to save water.

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The 3-0 ruling by the 4th District Court of Appeal upholds a Superior Court judge's decision that found that charging bigger water users incrementally higher rates violates a voter-approved law that prohibits government agencies from charging more than the cost of a service.

The ruling comes shortly after Gov. Jerry Brown issued drought orders that call for rates, including tiered pricing, that encourage people to save water.]]> Mon, 20 Apr 2015 22:46:26 -0600 <![CDATA[Hundreds turn out for Earth Day events at Garden of the Gods]]> By MEGAN SCHRADER megan.schrader@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/hundreds-turn-out-for-earth-day-events-at-garden-of-the-gods/article/1549925?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/hundreds-turn-out-for-earth-day-events-at-garden-of-the-gods/article/1549925?custom_click=rss

A couple of thousand people celebrated Earth Day at Garden of the Gods on Saturday planting seeds, touring the park and getting up close and personal with birds of prey and zoo animals.

Jayden Pagano, 8, said the day for him was about "celebrating the Earth."

He and his 5-year-old sister had just finished planting marigold seeds in a small seed starter pot at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Bret Tennis, parks operations administrator for Garden of the Gods, said about half as many people turned out this year for the event that has been going strong for almost two decades. About 5,000 people attended last year.

"It's designed for free family fun," Tennis said. "The weather yesterday was, I think,



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A couple of thousand people celebrated Earth Day at Garden of the Gods on Saturday planting seeds, touring the park and getting up close and personal with birds of prey and zoo animals.

Jayden Pagano, 8, said the day for him was about "celebrating the Earth."

He and his 5-year-old sister had just finished planting marigold seeds in a small seed starter pot at the Garden of the Gods Visitor & Nature Center.

Bret Tennis, parks operations administrator for Garden of the Gods, said about half as many people turned out this year for the event that has been going strong for almost two decades. About 5,000 people attended last year.

"It's designed for free family fun," Tennis said. "The weather yesterday was, I think,

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Sun, 19 Apr 2015 04:37:02 -0600
<![CDATA[University of Colorado keeps its fossil fuel investments]]> The Associated Press http://gazette.com/university-of-colorado-keeps-its-fossil-fuel-investments/article/1549830?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/university-of-colorado-keeps-its-fossil-fuel-investments/article/1549830?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Wind and solar power advocates failed to persuade the University of Colorado's governing Board of Regents Thursday to divest from coal, oil and gas.

On a 7-2 vote, the regents upheld their current policy that allows the university financial team to invest in fossil fuel if it chooses.

The regents also rejected, 6-3, a proposal to form a sustainable investment committee to advise the financial team.

It was the latest skirmish in a nationwide campaign to push schools, churches and other institutions to divest from greenhouse gas-producing energy in hopes of hastening the growth of renewable fuels. The Fossil Free campaign says at least 19 U.S. schools have agreed to some degree of divestment.



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DENVER — Wind and solar power advocates failed to persuade the University of Colorado's governing Board of Regents Thursday to divest from coal, oil and gas.

On a 7-2 vote, the regents upheld their current policy that allows the university financial team to invest in fossil fuel if it chooses.

The regents also rejected, 6-3, a proposal to form a sustainable investment committee to advise the financial team.

It was the latest skirmish in a nationwide campaign to push schools, churches and other institutions to divest from greenhouse gas-producing energy in hopes of hastening the growth of renewable fuels. The Fossil Free campaign says at least 19 U.S. schools have agreed to some degree of divestment.

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 21:48:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado leads nation in growth in wind energy factory jobs]]> Associated Press - http://gazette.com/colorado-leads-nation-in-growth-in-wind-energy-factory-jobs/article/1549788?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-leads-nation-in-growth-in-wind-energy-factory-jobs/article/1549788?custom_click=rss

DENVER - The Denver Post reports Colorado led the nation in the growth of wind energy manufacturing jobs in 2014.

The Post (http://tinyurl.com/o3csgm5) quoted the American Wind Energy Association as saying almost 4,900 megawatts of wind projects were added in the U.S. in 2014, four times the amount added in 2013. That spurred a rise in employment of 22,500 jobs for a total of 73,000.

A spokeswoman for the trade group, Emily Williams, says the biggest job growth was in Colorado, and that that was due to Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest maker of wind turbines and operator of two factories in Brighton and one each in Windsor and Pueblo.

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DENVER - The Denver Post reports Colorado led the nation in the growth of wind energy manufacturing jobs in 2014.

The Post (http://tinyurl.com/o3csgm5) quoted the American Wind Energy Association as saying almost 4,900 megawatts of wind projects were added in the U.S. in 2014, four times the amount added in 2013. That spurred a rise in employment of 22,500 jobs for a total of 73,000.

A spokeswoman for the trade group, Emily Williams, says the biggest job growth was in Colorado, and that that was due to Denmark-based Vestas Wind Systems, the world's largest maker of wind turbines and operator of two factories in Brighton and one each in Windsor and Pueblo.

The trade group says Colorado's 6,000-7,000 wind jobs put it

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Thu, 16 Apr 2015 11:33:31 -0600
<![CDATA[Aspen asks how Ute Water plans to use its resources]]> Associated Press http://gazette.com/aspen-asks-how-ute-water-plans-to-use-its-resources/article/1549575?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/aspen-asks-how-ute-water-plans-to-use-its-resources/article/1549575?custom_click=rss ASPEN — Aspen and Pitkin County officials are raising questions about plans to send more water from Ruedi Reservoir down the Colorado River to benefit endangered fish, when the city needs the water for electricity and recreational fishing.

The water is owned by the Ute Water Conservancy District, which purchased 12,000 acre feet of Ruedi water in 2012, in anticipation of growth and as a backup for more than 80,000 customers and others in the Grand Valley if Grand Mesa supplies dry up in a drought year.

Saying it has no need for Ruedi water this year, Ute has asked the Colorado Water Conservation Board about leasing the water to benefit four endangered species of fish in the Colorado.



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ASPEN — Aspen and Pitkin County officials are raising questions about plans to send more water from Ruedi Reservoir down the Colorado River to benefit endangered fish, when the city needs the water for electricity and recreational fishing.

The water is owned by the Ute Water Conservancy District, which purchased 12,000 acre feet of Ruedi water in 2012, in anticipation of growth and as a backup for more than 80,000 customers and others in the Grand Valley if Grand Mesa supplies dry up in a drought year.

Saying it has no need for Ruedi water this year, Ute has asked the Colorado Water Conservation Board about leasing the water to benefit four endangered species of fish in the Colorado.

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 18:27:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Bill would allow Coloradans to roll out the rain barrel]]> By Lance Benzel lance.benzel@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/bill-would-allow-coloradans-to-roll-out-the-rain-barrel/article/1549494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/bill-would-allow-coloradans-to-roll-out-the-rain-barrel/article/1549494?custom_click=rss

Rain harvesters, rejoice: It might soon be legal to collect and store the water that falls onto your property.

A bill introduced this year would ease Colorado's longstanding prohibition on collecting rainwater, allowing up to two 50-gallon rain barrels per household. The water would have to be used on the property on which it is collected and only for outdoor purposes.

It's a dose of good news for home gardeners, say the bill's proponents, who argue that many Colorado residents are unaware of the law anyway.

"The first question we get is: 'Wait - you can't do that?'" said Becky Long, a spokeswoman for Conservation Colorado, a grass-roots environmental group that supports the bill.

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Rain harvesters, rejoice: It might soon be legal to collect and store the water that falls onto your property.

A bill introduced this year would ease Colorado's longstanding prohibition on collecting rainwater, allowing up to two 50-gallon rain barrels per household. The water would have to be used on the property on which it is collected and only for outdoor purposes.

It's a dose of good news for home gardeners, say the bill's proponents, who argue that many Colorado residents are unaware of the law anyway.

"The first question we get is: 'Wait - you can't do that?'" said Becky Long, a spokeswoman for Conservation Colorado, a grass-roots environmental group that supports the bill.

Many others simply ignore the

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Sun, 12 Apr 2015 08:30:41 -0600
<![CDATA[California delta's water mysteriously missing amid drought]]> By SCOTT SMITH, Associated Press http://gazette.com/california-deltas-water-mysteriously-missing-amid-drought/article/1549504?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/california-deltas-water-mysteriously-missing-amid-drought/article/1549504?custom_click=rss

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

A state investigation was launched following complaints from two large agencies that supply water to arid farmland in the Central Valley and to millions of residents as far south as San Diego.

Delta farmers don't deny using as much water as they need. But they say they're not stealing it because their history of living at the water's edge gives them that right. Still, they have been asked to report how much water they're pumping and to prove their legal



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FRESNO, Calif. (AP) — As California struggles with a devastating drought, huge amounts of water are mysteriously vanishing from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta — and the prime suspects are farmers whose families have tilled fertile soil there for generations.

A state investigation was launched following complaints from two large agencies that supply water to arid farmland in the Central Valley and to millions of residents as far south as San Diego.

Delta farmers don't deny using as much water as they need. But they say they're not stealing it because their history of living at the water's edge gives them that right. Still, they have been asked to report how much water they're pumping and to prove their legal

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Sat, 11 Apr 2015 09:34:34 -0600
<![CDATA[So what's the 'Big Idea?' That would be CC student's charging-station company]]> By Wayne Heilman wayneh@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/so-whats-the-big-idea-that-would-be-cc-students-charging-station-company/article/1549340?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/so-whats-the-big-idea-that-would-be-cc-students-charging-station-company/article/1549340?custom_click=rss

Kadi Energy has been generating more than just electricity in the past 10 days.

Started in 2013 by Colorado College junior Paul Miki Akpablie, the company is generating buzz after winning two major local business plan competitions in less than two weeks.

Kadi Energy has developed and sells solar-powered charging stations for cellphones and other mobile devices in Akpablie's native Ghana, and it's poised to ship its first products for sale to customers next month.

On March 31, the company won the $1,250 first prize in the Lion's Den Collegiate Pitch Night competition at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Tuesday, Kadi took home the $25,000 first prize in Colorado College's The Big Idea pitch

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Started in 2013 by Colorado College junior Paul Miki Akpablie, the company is generating buzz after winning two major local business plan competitions in less than two weeks.

Kadi Energy has developed and sells solar-powered charging stations for cellphones and other mobile devices in Akpablie's native Ghana, and it's poised to ship its first products for sale to customers next month.

On March 31, the company won the $1,250 first prize in the Lion's Den Collegiate Pitch Night competition at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. Tuesday, Kadi took home the $25,000 first prize in Colorado College's The Big Idea pitch]]> Thu, 09 Apr 2015 04:15:49 -0600 <![CDATA[Dry March has Colorado water watchers worried]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/dry-march-has-colorado-water-watchers-worried/article/1549219?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/dry-march-has-colorado-water-watchers-worried/article/1549219?custom_click=rss Colorado Springs water users are likely facing a summer without watering restrictions, while the southern and southwestern parts of the state are girding for what could be a dry summer.

Western Slope reservoirs that provide water to Colorado Springs Utilities are comfortably at average, but Utilities will be watching the spring runoff, said Steve Berry, a Utilities spokesman. If runoff levels are low, Utilities will focus on water levels for 2016, Berry said.

This year had a good start when it comes to water levels in southern Colorado. Record snowfall in February made for high snowpack levels in the Arkansas River Basin.

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Western Slope reservoirs that provide water to Colorado Springs Utilities are comfortably at average, but Utilities will be watching the spring runoff, said Steve Berry, a Utilities spokesman. If runoff levels are low, Utilities will focus on water levels for 2016, Berry said.

This year had a good start when it comes to water levels in southern Colorado. Record snowfall in February made for high snowpack levels in the Arkansas River Basin.]]> Tue, 07 Apr 2015 04:10:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Rocky Mountain snow offers scant encouragement to California]]> http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-snow-offers-scant-encouragement-to-california/article/feed/220112?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rocky-mountain-snow-offers-scant-encouragement-to-california/article/feed/220112?custom_click=rss

DENVER (AP) — Drought-weary Californians can't expect much encouragement from mountains elsewhere in the West: Snow that fills the Colorado River is lagging, too, officials said Friday.

The snowpack in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates now ranges from 51 to 79 percent of normal, said Brian Domonkos, Colorado supervisor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture snow survey, which monitors snowfall and water availability.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

The Rocky Mountain snow that melts into the river doesn't flow directly to California and other downstream users.

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The snowpack in the Colorado and Wyoming valleys where the river originates now ranges from 51 to 79 percent of normal, said Brian Domonkos, Colorado supervisor of the U.S. Department of Agriculture snow survey, which monitors snowfall and water availability.

The Colorado River supplies water to about 40 million people and 6,300 square miles of farmland in seven states, including California.

The Rocky Mountain snow that melts into the river doesn't flow directly to California and other downstream users.]]> Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:46:33 -0600