When it comes to water, Colorado's kids can expect to face a challenging future. A growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs. That's one reason educators and policymakers say it's critical to teach young people about water management. As part of "Connecting the Drops"—our series on Colorado water—Sam Fuqua visited two water education programs to see how they're handling this complicated topic.
On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to Brent Gardner Smith of Aspen Journalism about a large wedding last weekend that has some locals out of sorts and prompted an emergency ordinance in Pitkin County.
Head to Aspen Journalism's website for photos of the wedding site and impacts to the area.
It's summertime and that means wild animals and birds are having babies. It may be tempting to pick up and cuddle a fuzzy gosling or come to the rescue of a lone fawn in the backyard, but Colorado Parks and Wildlife says any kind of contact with baby wildlife can cause more harm than good. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
In its quest to secure the U.S.-Mexico border, the U.S. Border Patrol is running roughshod over huge swaths of desert wilderness with complete immunity from U.S. environmental laws. That's what Ray Ring, a senior editor for High Country News, discovered on a recent reporting trip to the border. For the latest edition of Sounds of the High Country, KDNK's collaboration with the magazine, Ring told Nelson Harvey about the tremendous environmental price we're paying at the border, and why it's tough to quantify what we're getting in return.
In May, the Environmental Protection Agency announced that it might seek more transparency when it comes to disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. The announcement comes three years after environmental law group Earthjustice petitioned the agency on behalf of over 100 conservation groups. At first, Earthjustice thought this was good news but, part of the government's response came as a surprise: If EPA comes up with a new rule, it will only apply to oil and natural gas activities on private land. KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more about why this could be a problem.
Famous sculptor James Surls recently unveiled the design for his sculpture to be installed in Carbondale's coming roundabout. And since then, some Carbondale residents have expressed dissatisfaction with the process for choosing what would be in that prominent spot. At Tuesday's Board of Trustees meeting, Carbondale trustee Allyn Harvey brought up what he called a "poisonous atmosphere" out on Main Street regarding the sculpture. After the meeting, KDNK's Eric Skalac spoke to Harvey about what he was hearing from the public.
Late last year, Dr. Susan Nagel, endocrinologist and associate professor at the University of Missouri's School of Medicine, published a study on the effects of hydraulic fracturing on human sex hormones. Now, she's embarking on more extended research because, she says, there are not enough vigorous, scientific studies of the fracking process.
KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Dr. Nagel about her work and the funding she needs to get going on the second study.
A massive mudslide tore through the countryside near Collbran last Sunday. Three men are missing, and another mudslide is likely. On this week's news brief, KDNK's Eric Skalac talks to KVNF reporter Laura Palmisano about the disaster and how the community of Collbran is getting through it.
Environmental Protection Agency officials visited the Roaring Fork Valley Wednesday to talk about a proposed rule that they say will clarify the Clean Water Act. The changes are a joint effort with the Army Corps of Engineers, which implements sections of the law. And, they start with re-defining the term, "waters of the United States." KDNK's Amy Hadden Marsh has more.
Earlier this month the White House released the National Climate Assessment, a nationwide survey by the country's top scientists detailing the impacts climate change is having on the United States, and what a warming planet could mean for the future of the country. KDNK's Ed Williams spoke with Dr. Jerry Hatfield, director of the USDA National Lab for Agriculture and Environment and lead author of the National Climate Assessment's Agriculture chapter, about the report.
Click here to link to the National Climate Assessment website.