Monthly Water News Digest - March 2011
Most Recent Edition of the Monthly Water News


Can we water the Front Range without draining the High Country?
March 2, Summit Daily

Front Range's growing thirst doesn't have to suck Colorado rivers dry, says enviro report
March 3, The Westword

Water, water everywhere for Colo.?
March 4, The Durango Herald

Colorado water forum dowsing for solutions
March 4, The Denver Post

Critic of Xcel plan to run line across his Colorado ranch also an investor
March 4, The Denver Post

Governor sees 'path forward' for water issues
March 4, The Pueblo Chieftain

Priority one: Protect the environment jobs
March 4, GCC News Brief

New crop of water ideas sown in valley
March 5, The Pueblo Chieftain

State snowpack means reservoirs could fill early
March 5, 9News

Experts to sell public on water's value
March 6, The Pueblo Chieftain

Issues won't trickle, says governor's aide
March 6, The Water Info Program

Curious Nature: Colorado's water for the future lies in snowpack
March 6, Vail Daily

Hickenlooper makes water compact appointments
March 7, Colorado Independent

Slim chance for radioactive water from local drilling
March 7, The Post Independent

CU Alumni Awards Center on Water Attorneys
March 8, Law Week Colorado

Forest health and water supplies are closely linked
March 8, Summit County Citizens Voice

Colo. gov. wants to consolidate wildlife, parks
March 8, 9News

Gov. Hickenlooper proposes merging parks, wildlife agencies
March 9, Denver Post

Willoughby: Division merger raises queries
March 9, Denver Post

Water wars: How Denver's lush lawns slurp away the Upper Colorado (VIDEO)
March 8, The Westword

Governor sticks with old team on water
March 7, The Durango Herald

State parks, water diversion mitigation on agenda for wildlife commission meeting
March 9, GJ Sentinel

Court hears fight over Colo. roadless drilling
March 10, Colorado Radio

Plan merges wildlife, parks
March 17, Cortez Journal

State's water supply report has dire warning
March 11, Northern Colorado Business Report

DOW, Parks to combine July 1
March 11, La Junta Tribune

A new way for water
March 12, The Coloradoan

Dick MacRavey, shaper of Colorado's water laws, dies at 79
March 13, Denver Post

Colorado farmland goes dry as suburbs secure water supplies
March 13, Denver Post

Colo. facing long fire season as severe drought develops
March 14, KDVR

Las Animas County finalist for EPA investigations in fracing study
March 15, The Trinidad Times

Hunters, anglers fear their funds will disappear in parks
March 15, Snowmass Sun

State, BLM ink agreement on geothermal development
March 15, GJ Sentinel

Colorado: Beetle-kill a catalyst for dramatic forest changes
March 15, Summit County Citizens Voice

Developers plan reservoir — without water to fill it
March 16, The Denver Post

Boats now being inspected at many state parks
March 16, Fort Morgan Times

Plan recommends new water rules
March 17, The Durango Herald

AmeriCorps funding in jeopardy, causing worry among Boulder-area nonprofits
March 16, Daily Camera

Bill increases authority of state water engineer
March 18, The Pueblo Chieftain

Legislators stir up CBM water again
March 18, The Durango Herald

Snowpack Beginning To Melt
March 17, CBS Denver

Water scarcity requires cooperation
March 18, Journal Advocate

Wild Colorado - Invasive species: a never-ending battle
March 19, Summit Daily

Colorado wildfires threaten hundreds of homes
March 21, Reuters

Hydro bill sails to governor's desk on 65-0 vote
March 22, Pueblo Chieftain

Bill wades into coal-bed methane, water dispute
March 22, The Durango Herald

Electricity rates in Colorado are on the rise
March 23, Salida Citizen

Water dispute prompts Colorado bill
March 22, Summit Daily

Indian Gulch fire spark concerns about upcoming dry season
March 24, The Denver Post

Ranchers may lose water war
March 24, Cortez Journal

Colorado's nuclear power ambitions hinge on waste storage, lack of water
March 25, The Colorado Independent

Some in southwestern Colorado want forest plan axed
March 26, GJ Sentinel

Water proposal easily wins backing in Colo. House
March 28, Bloomberg Businessweek

Western U.S.

Washoe launches project to increase Tahoe's clarity
March 5,

Tax break intended for struggling farmers enriches developers and investors
March 6, The Denver Post

Gas drilling near Yellowstone: danger of another blowout?
March 5, Los Angeles Times

Montana transmission lines draw opposition from all sides
March 7, High Country News

Economists: Smarter Water Use by Farmers Key to Solving Southwest Water Woes
March 8, New West Development

Conservationists say protect land as part of basin project
March 8, Yakima Herald

Tsunami Advisory In Effect; Officials Warn to Stay Out of Water
March 11, Corona Del Mar Today

Crescent City harbor destroyed; 4 people swept into sea, 1 feared dead
March 11, Los Angeles Times

Poisoned fish: An old mercury mine taints California waters
March 11, Los Angeles Times

Toxin found in dead sardines
March 12, Los Angeles Timest

Placer County renewable energy firm suing over rights to methane gas from landfill
March 13, The Sacramento Bee

Wyoming Range drilling project garners 40,000 comments
March 15, WyoFile

Central Phoenix man said to use 30% less water than most
March 15,

Study: Tainted Valley water would cost $150m to clean
March 16, The Fresno Bee

Unsafe Drinking Water for California's Poor – Unfair, Unnecessary, and Unacceptable
March 16, SFGate

Study examines tainted water in California's San Joaquin Valley
March 16, Miami Herald

Growers, environmentalists square off on proposed water quality rules
March 17, Mercury News

Nuclear Disaster Reverberates in the West
March 16, High Country News

Poll shows support for loosening Montana environmental laws
March 20, Missoulian

Water's Scarcity Spells Opportunity for Entrepreneurs
March 20, New York Times

A major expansion of coal mining planned in Wyoming's Powder River Basin
March 23, Los Angeles Times

Utah Counties File Lawsuit Over BLM Wilderness Policy
March 23, New York Times

Conservation at a crossroads
March 29, Bozeman Daily Chronicle

EPA, NV may clash again over old mine, Superfund
March 26, Summit Daily News

Tulare County to study rural water cleanup
March 29, Fresno Bee

iPhone App Helps Companies Manage Water Use
March 29, GreenBiz

Rural Oregon timber county seeks economic revival through renewables
March 21, High Country News

River Water and Salty Ocean Water Used to Generate Electricity
March 29, Science Daily

Gov. Brown to announce water drought has ended
March 29, Daily News

Water, Water, Everywhere. Southwest Still Faces Crisis.
March 30, Forbes

Residents Turn Up Noses at Sewer Stink Cure
March 31, The Wall Street Journal

Flaming Gorge water plan inches along
March 31, The Pueblo ChieftainTracking drought in the Southwest


Casey pushes for testing of water sources
March 2, Post-Gazette

Capitol awash with water issues
March 5, Statesman

The Slippery Business of Picking Fish
March 2, Wall Street Journal

Florida court nixes Lowe's development near Everglades
March 2, Summit County Citizens Voice

NYT Marcellus Piece Muddies the Water in Pa
March 2, Politics PA

Wastewater Recycling No Cure-All in Gas Process
March 1, New York Times

'Wild Lands' Policy Would Allow Limited Development, BLM Chief Says
March 2, New York Times

Interior department says more deepwater permits coming
March 2, Reuters

Arkansas Regulators Looking to Halt Wastewater-Storage Operations
March 2, Wall Street Journal

Two Bills Highlight Debate Over Who Controls Groundwater: Landowners or the State
March 3, New York Times

Alcoa says contested NC dams generated $8M profit
March 4, News14

22 Years Later, the Exxon Valdez Case Is Back in Court
maarch 3, New York Times

City of Folly Beach wants cruise lines to account for pollution
March 4, News2

Auburn officials: No hydrofracking water being processed here
March 4, Auburnpub

EPA Announces Plan to Develop Perchlorate Regulation
March 5, WaterWorld

Could Omya court decision force Yankee shutdown?
March 5, Brattleboro Reformer

National Forests: a battle over mapping roads and trails
March 4, Los Angeles Times

3 Environmental Groups to Sue Water District
March 5, New York Times

Gardening made easy, and deliciously inexpensive
March 12, USA Today

U.N. says American Indians lack water
March 7,

Gov. O'Malley to Enter Dirty Water, Fight Septic Pollution
March 8, NBC Washington

Group petitions bills to regulate water transfers
March 8, Red and Black

E.P.A. Steps Up Scrutiny of Pollution in Pennsylvania Rivers
March 7, New York Times

ChesapeakeView: Everything You Need to Know About the Bay
March 8, Science Daily

Relationship of Texas Coastal Prairie-Pothole Wetlands to Galveston Bay Demonstrated
March 7, Science Daily

EPA, State Differ Over Wastewater Drilling Tests
March 7, Wall Street Journal

AP Exclusive: Tidal power to connect to grid
March 7, Boston News

Water pact helps Galveston Bay
March 8, Chron

Rubio Backs Budget Rider to Block FL Water Pollution Limits
March 9, Miami Herald

Report: Excessive nutrients damaging Great Lakes
March 9, PJ Star

AFA researchers, cadets work to harness energy of waves
March 8, Colorado Springs Gazette

Former Bush EPA Official Says Fracking Exemption Went Too Far; Congress Should Revisit
March 13, ProPublica

Federal appeals court hears Oklahoma-Texas water dispute
March 10, NewsOK

McKeon: DEP Proposal Threatens Clean Water & Economic Growth in New Jersey
March 9, PolitickerNJ

Water quality in lakes declining
March 10, Watertown Daily Times

Water managers call for voluntary cutbacks; move closer to mandatory restrictions
March 10, South Florida Sun Sentinel

Does Gas Drilling Put Radiation in Texas Water?
March 11, Texas Tribune

America's Great Outdoors Diversity Initiative
March 11, High Country News

Scientists: Delaware River faces threats
March 11, The Mercury

Climate: U.S. temps below average for winter
March 13, Summit County Citizens Voice

US scientists recruit crocodiles to save wetlands
March 12, The Independent

Clean-tech: a decade of explosive growth with more to come
March 14, Los Angeles Times

EPA Delays Fish-Protection Plan
March 14, Wall Street Journal

EPA set to issue power-plant cleanup regulations
March 14, Summit County Citizens Voice

Consol Energy to Pay $5.5 Million to Settle Clean Water Act Violations
March 14, Power Online

Air Pollution From BP Oil Spill Reaching Far Beyond The Gulf
March 14,

Decaying dams pose risk, engineers say
March 15, The Boston Globe

Interior Approves Second Deepwater Drilling Permit for Gulf
March 14, New York Times

Hoping Gowanus Canal Cleanup Turns Up Old Treasures
March 14, New York Times

Native Trout Fare Best When Dams Use Natural Stream Flow Management Practices
March 14, Science Daily

New Desalination Process Developed Using Carbon Nanotubes
March 14, Science Daily

EPA's Latest Superfund Nominees Reflect Trend Toward More Complex Cleanups
March 16, Environmental News Network

Walker reins in water rules
March 17, Journal Sentinel Online

Pa. man, company accused of dumping gas wastewater
March 17,

Mercury pollution concern grows in Pennsylvania
March 18, PennLive

Poll: Americans Favor Energy Over Environment
March 18, New American

Overseeing Iowa's water
March 18, Ames Tribune

Members of Congress Fight to Protect Drinking Water From Gas Drilling Pollution
March 15, Earth Justice

Feds probe chronic sewage overflows into lake, streams
March 19, Chicago Tribune

City council to vote on finalizing water restrictions
March 19, Odessa American

Florida water worries clash with cost concerns
March 19, Orlando Sentinel

Senate could settle decades-old debate on landowners' water rights
March 20, Lubbock Online

Chesapeake paying Portsmouth millions for unused water
March 21, Hampton Roads

Stage One water restrictions loom earlier than usual in S.A.
March 21, KENS5

Governments join fight against water standards
March 21, Herald-Tribune

Texas Environmental Regulators Face Deep Budget Cuts
March 22, The Texas Tribune

Chromium-6 pollution can have industrial origin, EPA says
March 22, Wisconsin State Journal

Ancient Human Trash Heaps Gave Rise to Everglades Tree Islands, Research Suggests
March 21, Science Daily

Where does your water come from? Not just the tap
March 30, USA Today

Cumberland, Md., would supply treated wastewater to gas driller for hydrofracking
March 22, Washington Post

U.S. to Issue More Gulf Drilling Permits
March 22, Wall Street Journal

Green Roofs Take Root in North America
March 23, Environmental News Network

Heavy rains, snow may harm Chesapeake
March 22, The Washington Post

Cascade structures help clean water for Lockport
March 23, The Herald-News

U.S. Government, World Bank Pool Assets to Ease Water Scarcity
March 23, Environmental News Service

Environmental groups sue ICG Eastern over selenium pollution from Webster County surface mine
March 23, The Washington Post with Bloomberg

EPA Draws Opposition
March 23, KTUL

Senate Explores Idea to Ship Water Pollution Enforcement to Feds
March 24, Ozarks First

Oil and Gas Association gives environmental award to industry regulator
March 24,

Texas agency: Gas driller didn't contaminate water
March 22, Yahoo News

Alabama's Small Cities Stormwater Permit Pits Enviros Against Developers
March 24, Environmental News Service

Oil and Gas Industry Sitting on 7,200 Drilling Permits
March 25, The New York Times

Experts see 44 percent hike in county water usage by 2050
March 26, Lakre County News Sun Illinois

Zebra mussels force Stage 1 water conservation
March 26, Star Local News

Prehistoric trash piles helped build Everglade habitat
March 26, Summit County Citizens Voice

Water quality bill will hurt environment, critics argue
March 27, WCF Courier

Rift over gas drilling roils water in Delaware River Basin
March 27, Shore11

Sitting atop huge gas reserve, Maryland debates drilling practice known as fracking
March 27, The Washington Post

Virtual war a real threat
March 28, Los Angeles Times

Power Plants Using River Water to Cool Operations Face U.S. Rules on Fish
March 28, Bloomberg

Murky Waters: Pollution and snails figure into death of Florida springs
March 28, Orlando Sentinel

Md. senator urges careful lawn fertilizer use
March 28, MyFox

Road salt and chemicals: Is our water safe?
March 29, Fox25

EPA Proposes New Mercury Rule
March 29, Clean Energy


Effectiveness of Wastewater Treatment May Be Damaged During a Severe Flu Pandemic
March 2, Science Daily

From toilets to tap: How we get tap water from sewage
March 3, USA Today

Global Warming Blamed for Heavy Snowstorms, Record Floods
March 2, Environmental News Service

Investigating Droughts and Maya Collapse
March 2, New York Times

Arctic Blooms Occurring Earlier: Phytoplankton Peak Arising 50 Days Early, With Unknown Impacts on Marine Food Chain and Carbon Cycling
March 3, Science Daily

Study: Americans have twice as much BPA as Canadians
March 3, USA Today

Rising CO2 Is Causing Plants to Release Less Water to the Atmosphere
March 3, Science Daily

$100 million more sought for Exxon Valdez cleanup
March 2, MSNBC

Opposition to Taiwanese chemical plant grows
March 2, Peak Water

Ecuador Amazon oil: Legal battle far from over
March 1, BBC

Landowners fight anglers over hydropower gold mine
Feb 28, The Telegraph

Scientists warn of water woes
March 1, The Independent

Scientists debate cause of dolphin deaths
March 4, Reuters

Algal Blooms in the Arctic
March, 4, Environmental News Network

Acidic Murray-Darling water poses risk to livestock
March 5, ABC News

Earth's limits: Why growth won't return - water
March 4, Post Carbon Institute

Restoring Iraq's 'Garden of Eden'- The Mesopotamian Marshlands
March 4, Green Prophet

Survey: Pollution down because of cap and trade
March 1,

Forest Loss Threatens Sierra Leone Water Supplies
March 7, MSNBC

Lead poisoning kills 400 more Nigerian children
March 7, Reuters

Ethiopia's controversial dam project
March 7,

Chevron Wins Halt to $18 Billion Judgment in Ecuador Pollution Case
March 7, Environmental News Service

Rainwater Harvest Study Finds Roofing Material Affects Water Quality
March 7, Science Daily

Great Barrier Reef Faces Long Recovery
March 10, Wall Street Journal

Water checks deficient at Canada oil sands: report
March 9, Reuters

Banana peel an excellent water purifier
March 10, Thaindian News

Engineering Students Bring Clean Water to Small Community with 'Local Tech'
March 10, Water and Wastewater Blog

Ingestion of plastic found among small ocean fish
March 11, Los Angeles Times

Norway blocks oil drilling in fish-spawning area
March 11, The Daily Caller

The myth of overabundance
March 15, The Vancouver Sun

Oil Spills Mean Air Pollution Too
March 13, Scientific American

A Solar and Wind Revolution From a Land of Oil
March 13, The New York Times

Japan earthquake shifted Earth on its axis
March 12, Los Angeles Times

Map of the Damage From the Japanese Earthquake
March 29, The New York Times

Japan disaster may have chilling effect on nuclear revival, new Colorado uranium boom
March 14, The Colorado Independent

Japan's earthquake disaster may boost rainforest logging in Borneo
March 14, Environmental News Network

Japan's crisis may have already derailed 'nuclear renaissance'
March 14, Los Angeles Times

Group seeks forest restoration to cleanse planet
March 13, Yahoo News

Deep ice core samples reveal Earth's climate history
March 14, Summit County Citizens Voice

Golf Courses That Reuse Water Irrigate Too Much, Study Suggests
March 15, Science Daily

Ecuador's San Rafael falls: At risk from energy plans?
March 15, BBC

China Responds to Explosive Growth, Pollution, and Water Scarcity in Latest Five-Year Plan
March 15, Circle of Blue

Green sludge can protect groundwater from radioactive contamination
March 17, PhysOrg

Congolese Government Suspends Oil Exploration in Mountain Gorilla Park
March 17, Environment News Service

Russian Officials Enlist Mussels to Track Radiation
March 18, The Wall Street Journal

How One Water System Owner Will Benefit From Global Food And Water Shortages
March 18, Business Insider

Tides to power whisky distilleries
March 18, The Independent

Canada's unique wetlands under threat: report
March 16, Physorg

PepsiCo launches green bottle made entirely from grass, bark and corn husks
March 17, The Independent

New Process Cleanly Extracts Oil from Tar Sands and Fouled Beaches
March 18, Science Daily

Governments must take steps to protect global water supply: experts
March 20, Winnipeg Free Press

Gas drillers reuse two-thirds of water, expert finds
March 21, Pittsburgh Tribune Review

"Hydro-diplomacy" needed to avert Arab water wars
March 20, Reuters

Divvying Up the Water Down Under
March 21, The New York Times

Armani Takes Up a Cause
March 21, The New York Times

US researcher on lakes wins Stockholm Water Prize
March 22, Earth Times

Record participation with 5 days until the world unites for Earth Hour
March 21, WWF

World Water Day Report: African Cities Outgrow Their Water Supplies
March 22, Society of Environmental Journalists

UN releases pledges by poor countries to curb climate change: expand forests, go green energy
March 21, Los Angeles Times

When It Comes to the Environment, Education Affects Our Actions
March 21, Science Daily

Radioactive Materials in Food, Water Spread
March 23, The Wall Street Journal

World Water Day 22nd March 2011 – Thirsty Cities
March 21, The Zimbabwean

Ocean Dumpers Sail Home Leaving EPA Agents in Their Wake
March 22, The New York Times

Developing Strategies in a Desert Watershed That Sustain Regional Water Supplies
March 22, Science Daily

Key Trends in Water Resources Research Uncovered
March 22, Science Daily

European Coastal Pollution Is Harmful to Seals, Study Finds
March 22, Science Daily

How to make your impact this World Water Day
March 22, USA Today

Proposed U.S.-Canada oil pipeline fuels debate
March 22, USA Today

Water Rushing Through Cities, The Gentle Version
March 22, NPR

Tokyo water 'unfit for babies' due to high radiation
March 23, BBC

UN calls for action on water, slums crisis in cities
March 22, Independent

World learns from Dutch to keep head above water
March 21, Physorg

The desert city in serious danger of running dry
March 22, The Independent

Japan Tries to Ease Fears About Safety of Its Tap Water
March 24, NDTV

Are Desalination Technologies the Answer to the World Water Crisis?
March 24, EarthScape

Radioactivity in Tap Water Found in More Cities
March 26, The Wall Street Journal

Cutting Carbon Dioxide Could Help Prevent Droughts, New Research Shows
March 24, Science Daily

Gold mines, a city's pride, leave toxic legacy
March 26, The Denver Post

Freshwater Content of Upper Arctic Ocean Increased 20 Percent Since 1990s, Large-Scale Assessment Finds
March 25, Science Daily

US submarines surface in tug of war over Arctic riches
March 25, MSNBC

The worth of water
March 24, The Economist

China unveils new energy, water efficiency goals
March 28, The Denver Post

Companies Begin a Difficult Search for a Climate-Hardy Wheat Variety
March 29, The New York Times

Radioactive water spilling into tunnels beneath Japan's quake-damaged nuclear plant
March 28, Los Angeles Times

Marine Life Faces Threat From Runoff
March 28, The New York Times

Billion-plus people to lack water in 2050: study
March 28, Physorg

The Sixth IWA Specialist Conference on Efficient Use and Management of Water Opens Its Activities
March 30, Zawya


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