From Westword (Chase Woodruff): Environmental activists got an unwelcome gift from the federal government on the eve of the fiftieth anniversary of Earth Day, when officials with the Environmental Protection Agency revoked clean-water protections for thousands of streams across Colorado. Now advocates and state officials are taking President Donald Trump’s administration to court. One of […]

via #Colorado Activists Cry Foul Over @POTUS’s #CleanWaterAct Rollback — Westword #WOTUS #DirtyWaterRule — Coyote Gulch

From The Revelator (Tara Lohan): The Santa Fe River starts high in the forests of New Mexico’s Sangre de Cristo mountains and flows 46 miles to the Rio Grande. Along the way it plays important roles for wildlife, irrigation, recreation and other cultural uses, and provides 40% of the water supply for the city of […]

via @POTUS Admin’s Clean Water Rollback Will Hit Some States Hard — The Revelator #WOTUS — Coyote Gulch

From Audubon (Matt Smelser): “The Trump Administration’s new water rule makes it a lot easier to pave America’s critical wetlands and put up parking lots,” said David Yarnold, president and CEO, National Audubon Society (@david_yarnold) after the Administration announced the finalization of its rollbacks to the Clean Water Act. “Wetlands are not only important places […]

via New #Water Rule Endangers Millions of Birds and America’s Water Supply — @Audubon — Coyote Gulch

From the Colorado River District via The Rio Blanco Herald-Times: A growing body of research shows that the Upper Colorado River Basin is growing warmer on average. In fact, the national hot spot centers on Western Colorado and much of the Southwest. A result: a significant reduction in the snowpack that makes up the Southwest’s […]

via Facing a drier future, water managers turn to science — The Rio Blanco Herald-Times #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification — Coyote Gulch

From Audubon Rockies (Abby Burk): What’s your relationship with Colorado’s rivers? For most of us, Colorado’s snowpack thaws, flows downhill to wetlands and small streams, connects to rivers, and then flows right into your home. Colorado’s rivers influence how we live our lives every single day. They are the lifeblood of our state’s economy. Our […]

via #Colorado Thrives When Our Rivers Do: #COWaterPlan webinar March 3, 2020 — @AudubonRockies — Coyote Gulch

New report uses flood mapping to identify areas in urgent need of protection from climate change and sinking land as population and development grow By 2030, coastal and river flooding is forecasted to affect 15 million people worldwide, according to a report by World Resources Institute. Photo: Wade Austin Ellis Without major investments in flood […]

via There will be floods: risk could double for world’s coastal and river communities by 2030 — County Sustainability Group

Here’s the release from Colorado State University (Mary Guiden): For decades, scientists have thought that changes in snowmelt due to climate change could negatively impact agriculture. Now, a new study reveals the risks to agriculture around the world from changes in snowmelt, finding that farmers in parts of the western United States who rely on […]

via Changes in snowmelt threaten farmers in western U.S. — @ColoradoStateU #snowpack #runoff #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification #ActOnClimate — Coyote Gulch