<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - environment]]> http://gazette.com/rss/environment Sat, 27 Aug 2016 13:09:46 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Fuel spill dumps thousands of gallons into Colorado Springs creek, kills slew of fish]]> http://gazette.com/fuel-spill-dumps-thousands-of-gallons-into-colorado-springs-creek-kills-slew-of-fish/article/1583738?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/fuel-spill-dumps-thousands-of-gallons-into-colorado-springs-creek-kills-slew-of-fish/article/1583738?custom_click=rss

A fuel tanker-truck crash in south Colorado Springs early Friday allowed thousands of gallons of fuel to spill into a nearby creek, killing hordes of fish.

The spill occurred at about 4 a.m. when a truck hit a parked vehicle on Motor City Drive and rolled onto its side, leaking roughly 8,000 gallons of fuel. Officials believe much of the fuel — although it’s not known exactly how much — spilled into the street’s drainage system, which feeds into Fountain Creek, said Capt. Steve Wilch, a spokesman for the Colorado Springs Fire Department.

“They’re definitely some fish that have been killed,” said Kyle Davidson, a spokesman for Colorado Parks and Wildlife. “They’re coming out by the bucket.”

Motor City Drive was closed at the 1100 block, near the Phil Long Hyundai of Motor City dealership and 8th Street. The road reopened around 1 p.m. 

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Sat, 27 Aug 2016 09:20:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Obama plans to create world's largest marine protected area]]> http://gazette.com/obama-plans-to-create-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/article/feed/390205?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/obama-plans-to-create-worlds-largest-marine-protected-area/article/feed/390205?custom_click=rss

WASHINGTON (AP) — The White House says that President Barack Obama will expand a national monument off the coast of Hawaii, creating the world's largest marine protected area.

Obama's proclamation will quadruple in size a monument originally created by President George W. Bush in 2006. The Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument will contain some 582,578 square miles, more than twice the size of Texas.

Obama will travel to the monument next week to mark the designation and cite the need to protect public lands and waters from climate change.

The designation bans commercial fishing and any new mining, as is the case within the existing monument.

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]]> Fri, 26 Aug 2016 14:17:32 -0600 <![CDATA[Colorado Springs couple pays nothing for first-in-the-nation solar array]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-pays-nothing-for-first-in-the-nation-solar-array/article/1583677?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-springs-couple-pays-nothing-for-first-in-the-nation-solar-array/article/1583677?custom_click=rss

Nancy and Lynn Gramoll couldn't help but smile as they stood on the small deck of their Colorado Springs home on Thursday and talked about the solar array recently installed on the roof.

The sun shone brightly in the mid-morning sky as the couple boasted about the Colorado Energy Office's Weatherization Assistance Program designed to help retirees like the Gramolls, people with disabilities and low-income families save on utility bills. The Gramolls' Union Boulevard home is the first in the United States to receive a solar array as part of low-income weatherization services.

"It's great to go green," said Nancy, 62.

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Fri, 26 Aug 2016 09:03:02 -0600
<![CDATA[EPA: Metals get into creek near site of big mine waste spill]]> http://gazette.com/epa-metals-get-into-creek-near-site-of-big-mine-waste-spill/article/1583722?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/epa-metals-get-into-creek-near-site-of-big-mine-waste-spill/article/1583722?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Discolored water containing metals escaped into a Colorado creek from a wastewater treatment plant after heavy rain fell near the site of an earlier mine waste spill, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Thursday.

The EPA hasn't identified the metals or quantities that were released in the incident Tuesday near the Gold King Mine in southwestern Colorado.

Local officials said the release wasn't big enough to warrant a public advisory.

Last year, an EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered a 3-million-gallon spill while doing preliminary cleanup work at the mine, tainting rivers in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 19:51:40 -0600
<![CDATA['Clean Sweep' a great way for Colorado Springs-area residents to get rid of hazardous waste]]> http://gazette.com/clean-sweep-a-great-way-for-colorado-springs-area-residents-to-get-rid-of-hazardous-waste/article/1583680?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/clean-sweep-a-great-way-for-colorado-springs-area-residents-to-get-rid-of-hazardous-waste/article/1583680?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs-area residents can get rid of unwanted electronics, paint products, household chemicals and batteries at a hazardous waste drop-off next month.

The El Paso County Environmental Division will host a "Clean Sweep" from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 17 in the parking lot behind the Citizen Services Center at 1675 W. Garden of the Gods Road in Colorado Springs.

The drop-off is free to residents of El Paso and Teller counties, but an appointment is required.

The following items will be accepted:

- Electronics, such as computers, printers, fax machines, laptops, notebooks, ultra-books, net books, tablets, DVD players, VCRs, radios, stereos, video game consoles and video display devices with viewing screens

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 15:28:05 -0600
<![CDATA[Gov. Hickenlooper might order ambitious cuts in Colorado's carbon emissions]]> http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-might-order-ambitious-cuts-in-colorados-carbon-emissions/article/1583628?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/gov.-hickenlooper-might-order-ambitious-cuts-in-colorados-carbon-emissions/article/1583628?custom_click=rss

Gov. John Hickenlooper might order a one-third cut in power plants' carbon gas emissions over the next 14 years despite a court-ordered stay that has derailed the federal Clean Power Plan.

If he does, Colorado Springs Utilities might need to revisit its plans for the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant, now scheduled to close in 2035.

Hickenlooper's proposed executive order, obtained by The Gazette, would direct state agencies to find ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power plants by 35 percent by 2030 compared with 2012 levels.

By comparison, the Clean Power Plan calls for a 2030 reduction of those emissions by 28 percent in Colorado compared with 2005 levels, when most plants emitted more CO2 than in 2012.

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Thu, 25 Aug 2016 13:50:44 -0600
<![CDATA[Italian officials say quake death toll hits 247]]> http://gazette.com/italian-officials-say-quake-death-toll-hits-247/article/1583562?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/italian-officials-say-quake-death-toll-hits-247/article/1583562?custom_click=rss

AMATRICE, Italy — Rescue crews using bulldozers and their bare hands raced to dig out survivors from a strong earthquake that reduced three central Italian towns to rubble Wednesday. The death toll stood at 120 but the number of dead and missing was uncertain given the huge number of vacationers in the area for summer's final days.

Residents wakened before dawn by the temblor emerged from their crumbled homes to find what they described as apocalyptic scenes "like Dante's Inferno," with entire blocks of buildings turned into piles of sand and rock, thick dust choking the air and a putrid smell of gas.

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 22:49:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Jackpot: Scientists find Earth-like planet at star next door]]> http://gazette.com/jackpot-scientists-find-earth-like-planet-at-star-next-door/article/1583578?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/jackpot-scientists-find-earth-like-planet-at-star-next-door/article/1583578?custom_click=rss

An Earth-sized planet that could boast water, even an ocean, has been found circling the star nearest our sun, hinting that the conditions for life could exist next door.

Researchers have identified a plethora of planets outside our solar system that both resemble Earth in size and dwell in the “habitable zone,” where liquid water is possible. But no other Earth-like planet outside our solar system is as close to humans and their observatories as this new world, making it the best possible hunting ground for living organisms.

The find, reported in a study published Wednesday in Nature, has scientists reaching for superlatives.

“An absolutely amazing discovery,” says Victoria Meadows

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 17:15:32 -0600
<![CDATA[Flood project through Garden of the Gods will reroute Colorado Springs floodplain]]> http://gazette.com/flood-project-through-garden-of-the-gods-will-reroute-colorado-springs-floodplain/article/1583514?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/flood-project-through-garden-of-the-gods-will-reroute-colorado-springs-floodplain/article/1583514?custom_click=rss

Two years after city officials teamed with residents of a west-side Colorado Springs neighborhood to plan flood mitigation and reconstruction of Camp Creek, a project to remove more than 100 properties from the flood plain is about to begin.

On Monday, crews could begin the first phase of the more than $30 million project rebuilding about 5,100 feet of channel through Garden of the Gods Park and the Rock Ledge Ranch.

The work could be potentially lifesaving for residents of the Pleasant Valley neighborhood when heavy rains pound the Waldo Canyon fire burn area in the mountains to the west.

"As a community, we can't let our guard down," said Colorado Springs Emergency Manager Bret Waters. "Even though we're seeing some

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Wed, 24 Aug 2016 07:41:42 -0600
<![CDATA[Colorado governor may ask for one-third cut in CO2 pollution]]> http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-may-ask-for-one-third-cut-in-co2-pollution/article/1583549?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/colorado-governor-may-ask-for-one-third-cut-in-co2-pollution/article/1583549?custom_click=rss

DENVER — Colorado's Democratic governor may ask for a one-third cut in greenhouse gas pollution from power plants, even though the federal Clean Power Plan is stalled and Republicans in the state are resisting.

Gov. John Hickenlooper's office has drafted a proposed executive order directing state agencies to work on ways to cut carbon dioxide emissions from power generators by 35 percent by 2030 compared with 2012 levels.

"We have a very rough outline that we are in the process of vetting for input and discussion," Hickenlooper spokeswoman Kathy Green said in an email to The Associated Press on Tuesday. "No decisions have been made."

She didn't say who was involved in the discussions.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 20:27:07 -0600
<![CDATA[Rally to save Grand Canyon to be held at Colorado Springs park]]> http://gazette.com/rally-to-save-grand-canyon-to-be-held-at-colorado-springs-park/article/1583499?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/rally-to-save-grand-canyon-to-be-held-at-colorado-springs-park/article/1583499?custom_click=rss

Colorado Springs activists are joining a movement to save the Grand Canyon.

A 10 a.m. Wednesday rally at America the Beautiful Park is meant to bring attention logging and uranium mining done on the 1.7 million acres surrounding the national park, Environment Colorado said in a news release Tuesday.

Colorado Springs business leaders and students will participant in the rally, which will be held at the park's front entrance.

Speakers include Becca Houske of Environment Colorado and Corina McKendry, an assistant professor at the Colorado College environmental program.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 13:59:30 -0600
<![CDATA[Officials: Colorado mine spill didn't affect drinking water]]> http://gazette.com/officials-colorado-mine-spill-didnt-affect-drinking-water/article/1583494?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/officials-colorado-mine-spill-didnt-affect-drinking-water/article/1583494?custom_click=rss

FARMINGTON, N.M. — New Mexico officials say the massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado last year did not impact the quality of drinking water for most San Juan County residents.

The Farmington Daily Times reports (http://bit.ly/2bxwvQw ) that the New Mexico Environment Department's Drinking Water Bureau informed the Gold King Mine Citizens' Advisory Committee that though San Juan County public water systems were shut down to keep the waste out, a year later the affected public water systems remain in compliance with drinking water standards.

An EPA-led crew triggered the spill at the Gold King Mine during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.

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Tue, 23 Aug 2016 11:35:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Parks, health officials keep wary eye on algae in Pikes Peak region waters]]> http://gazette.com/parks-health-officials-keep-wary-eye-on-algae-in-pikes-peak-region-waters/article/1583298?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/parks-health-officials-keep-wary-eye-on-algae-in-pikes-peak-region-waters/article/1583298?custom_click=rss

Every summer, the edges of Duckwood Pond in Fountain Creek Regional Park become a patchwork of thick, green scum: filamentous algae.

Steamy temperatures, a lack of shady trees and stagnant, shallow waters make the pond a breeding ground for the green algae, which thrives on warmth and sunlight. Another ingredient for the algae's success, nitrogen, is added by the resident flock of Canada geese, with each bird producing about a pound of nutrient-rich feces each day.

"We battle it every year," Pat Salamon, south district supervisor for the El Paso County Park Division, said while surveying the green clumps floating on the outskirts of the pond.

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Sun, 21 Aug 2016 12:19:43 -0600
<![CDATA[Closures on Yellowstone River, waterways continue]]> http://gazette.com/closures-on-yellowstone-river-waterways-continue/article/1583276?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/closures-on-yellowstone-river-waterways-continue/article/1583276?custom_click=rss

BILLINGS, Mont. — Closures on a 183-mile stretch of the Yellowstone River and hundreds of miles of other waterways could continue for months while biologists try to prevent the spread of a parasite believed to have killed tens of thousands of fish.

The closures will continue until the waterways improve and fish stop dying, according to officials from Montana Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

The closures extend to hundreds of miles of waterways that feed into the Yellowstone, including the Boulder, Shields and Stillwater rivers.

No dead fish were found inside Yellowstone National Park, where a celebration of the National Park Service's 100th anniversary is set for next week and no closures were planned there.

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 18:23:59 -0600
<![CDATA[Glenwood Springs bat cave may be closed to the public]]> http://gazette.com/glenwood-springs-bat-cave-may-be-closed-to-the-public/article/1583265?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/glenwood-springs-bat-cave-may-be-closed-to-the-public/article/1583265?custom_click=rss

GLENWOOD SPRINGS — The U.S. Forest Service is considering blocking public access to Hubbard Cave near Glenwood Springs because of a disease that threatens bat populations.

Officials are worried that cave explorers can spread the disease.

According to the Glenwood Springs Post Independent, the Forest Service has already installed a gate on Spring Cave near Meeker.

Cave explorers are worried that putting gates on the caves could hurt the bats when they leave the cave.

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Sat, 20 Aug 2016 15:49:17 -0600
<![CDATA[Air Quality warning issued for Colorado Springs, elsewhere on Front Range]]> http://gazette.com/air-quality-warning-issued-for-colorado-springs-elsewhere-on-front-range/article/1583001?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/air-quality-warning-issued-for-colorado-springs-elsewhere-on-front-range/article/1583001?custom_click=rss

The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment and Regional Air Quality Council issued an alert Wednesday for high ground-level ozone concentrations for areas including Colorado Springs.

The alert, which covers the Front Range Urban Corridor stretching from El Paso County north to Larimer and Weld counties, is in effect until 4 p.m. Wednesday.

Particularly high levels are expected in the area stretching from Denver's southwest suburbs north to Fort Collins, according to the air quality forecast.

Ozone occasionally accumulates at high concentrations near the ground during the summertime, when pollution from vehicle exhaust, paints, cleaning fluids and other chemicals react with sunshine.

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Thu, 18 Aug 2016 07:37:56 -0600