From Audubon Rockies (Abby Burke): Policy priorities for the 2020 Colorado legislative session. Colorado lawmakers returned to the Capitol on January 8th to kick off the 2020 legislative session. Even before bills were introduced, it was clear that the General Assembly will wrangle with issues that will touch every corner of the state and impact […]

via 2020 #COleg: Legislative Water Priorities in 2020 for #Colorado’s Rivers, Birds, and People — @AudubonRockies #ColoradoRiver #COriver #DCP #aridification #COWaterPlan — Coyote Gulch

Audubon reports Increasing Flexibility to Manage Utah’s Water for People and Birds Utah’s Water Banking Act (SB 26), which Audubon supports, unanimously passed both the House and Senate and will become law following the Governor’s signature. Read more at: UPDATE: Increasing Flexibility to Manage Utah’s Water for People and Birds | Audubon

via Utah Passes A Bird Friendly Water Use Bill — Natural History Wanderings

From Audubon Rockies (Abby Burke): Policy priorities for the 2020 Colorado legislative session. Colorado lawmakers returned to the Capitol on January 8th to kick off the 2020 legislative session. Even before bills were introduced, it was clear that the General Assembly will wrangle with issues that will touch every corner of the state and impact […]

via 2020 #COleg: Legislative Water Priorities in 2020 for #Colorado’s Rivers, Birds, and People — @AudubonRockies #ColoradoRiver #COriver #DCP #aridification #COWaterPlan — Coyote Gulch

A major Southern California water agency is trying to push the state through a final hurdle in joining a larger plan to preserve a key river in the U.S. West that serves 40 million people. Most of the seven states that get water from the Colorado River have signed off on plans to keep the waterway from crashing amid a prolonged drought, climate change and increased demands. But California and Arizona have not, missing deadlines from the federal government. Arizona […]

via California Water Agencies Fight Over Multistate Drought Plan — KTLA

Eucalyptus species in South Africa are responsible for the loss of 16% of the 1,444 million cubic metres of water resources lost to invasive plants every year. Eucalyptus species are widely grown and utilized throughout much of the world, Dr Arne Witt reports. They are a valuable source of timber, fuelwood, paper, nectar, etc. and…

via Eucalyptus – the ‘thirsty’ trees threatening to ‘drink’ South Africa dry — The Invasives Blog

From The High Country News (Helen Santoro): The key mission of the Refuge System — to protect and restore wildlife habitat — may be falling by the wayside. The Lee Metcalf National Wildlife Refuge is nestled between the boggy wetlands and glistening ponds of Montana’s Bitterroot Valley. Inside, near a cluttered display of taxidermy birds […]

via Wildlife refuges suffer under budget cuts and staff shortages — @HighCountryNews — Coyote Gulch