Here’s the release from the Bureau of Reclamation (Marlon Duke/Patti Aaron): The Department of the Interior, Bureau of Reclamation and representatives from all seven Colorado River Basin states gathered today and signed completed drought contingency plans for the Upper and Lower Colorado River basins. These completed plans are designed to reduce risks from ongoing drought […]

via @USBR: Interior and states sign historic drought agreements to protect #ColoradoRiver #DCP #COriver #aridification — Coyote Gulch

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Rare Piping Plovers May Be At Increased Risk Due To High Lake Levels

The small endangered population of Piping Plovers may be at increased risk due to high Great Lake levels in Canada and the Northern U.S., as beaches are reduced in size forcing nesting birds closer to cover where they are easy prey for predators like raccoons and skunks.

The Tern population may likewise face the same problems, as Great Lake levels continue to rise due to spring melt and much higher than average rainfalls in the lake-feeding tributary systems.

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Click here to read a new report on oil shale exploration and production [well, maybe someday] from Melinda Kassen: For more than a century, efforts to wring oil out of rock formations in the Rocky Mountain West have waxed and waned. The deposits underlying northwestern Colorado, southwestern Wyoming and northeastern Utah have been portrayed as […]

via Water Under Pressure: What Oil Shale Could Mean for Western Water, Fish and Wildlife — Coyote Gulch

Red Seabeach: Photo by Jia Mi on Flickr | Copyright. Contributor: Eric Grundhauser Looking out across the world’s largest wetland area, the swath of marshy flora growing in the shallow waters of Dawa County, China is an eye-popping crimson, making the whole area look like it has been taken over by the fictional “red weed” […]

via Red Seabeach. — Old Guv Legends

“A new United Nations report highlighting the devastating impact of humans on the natural world should serve as an urgent ‘wake-up call’ to policymakers in the Cayman Islands and across the globe, according to a host of environmental officials, researchers and non-profits.” James Whittaker reports for the Cayman Compass, writing about the most threatened animals […]

via Nature’s dangerous decline: 1 million species facing extinction — Repeating Islands