State of Growth: conservation and technology critical to meeting future water demand

State of Growth: conservation and technology critical to meeting future water demand

Photo: Water flows through an irrigation ditch at the Colorado State University Arkansas Valley Research Center.”Water is obviously a very scarce and precious resource,” Wells said.

COLORADO SPRINGS – Community leaders are looking toward conservation and new technologies as they plan decades into the future to keep delivering water to a thirsty community. With a population of roughly 464,000 residents, Colorado Springs is the largest city in the state not … [more…]

State halts work on Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

State halts work on Great Lakes pipeline tunnel

Photo: Enbridge Line 5 is an oil and natural gas pipeline that crosses under the St. Clair River from Michigan to Sarnia. The pipeline’s future is being debated in Michigan where the governor has promised to shut it down. FILE PHOTO / /THE OBSERVER

Enbridge says it is “surprised and disappointed” by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s order this week for state agencies to stop work on a project to build … [more…]

North Dakota Seeks to Restrict Access to Public Records After Standing Rock Reporting Exposed Law Enforcement Abuses

photo: Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25. Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters

Police detain Ricardo Salazar, 25, in a Dakota Access pipeline opposition camp near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Feb. 23, 2017. Photo: Terray Sylvester/Reuters

North Dakota lawmakers are considering a bill to restrict the release of records related to security operations involving “critical infrastructure” — a category that includes fossil fuel pipelines. The bill comes after The Intercept and other media outlets published stories documenting law enforcement surveillance and coordination with … [more…]

Lame Duck Fallout in Michigan

Lame Duck Fallout

What a group of last-minute laws mean for Michigan’s environment

Four bills state legislators passed during its lame duck session have transformed Michigan’s environmental policy.

One sweeping new law prevents the state from enacting environmental standards that are stricter than federal standards, except in certain cases. Another rolled back wetlands regulations. A third made it harder for state regulators to react to scientific developments when measuring hazardous contamination. A fourth … [more…]

The women fighting a pipeline that could destroy precious wildlife

Photo: women activists and Water Protectors

Activists travel past the site where the Bayou Bridge pipeline will cross underneath the Atchafalaya river. Photograph: Joe Whittle for the Guardian

Activists fight to stop construction of the Bayou Bridge pipeline, which endangers an ecosystem that is one of the most important bird habitats in the western hemisphere

Deep within the humid green heart of the largest river swamp in North America, a battle is being waged over the … [more…]