PARCHED: Climate change and growth are pushing Colorado toward a water crisis

photo: Russian thistle (AKA tumbleweed) where there was a water reservoir. PARCHED: Climate change and growth are pushing Colorado toward a water crisis

Russian thistle in a former reservoir along the Colorado River in Hite, October 2018. (Photo by John Herrick)

Gov. John Hickenlooper’s water plan has been big on collaboration, but short on action. He’ll leave the toughest decisions to his successor.

Colorado had plenty of reasons to worry about water by the time it elected John Hickenlooper in 2010.

The state was in its 11th year of drought. The health of … [more…]

Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest

photo. Native American Group to Run Across Nevada in Water Protest

Many rural Nevada communities are opposed to the idea of pumping groundwater from outlying regions of the state to serve Las Vegas. (Ken Lund/Flickr)

LAS VEGAS, Nev. – Members of Nevada’s Native American communities are planning to run nearly 300 miles next week to call for more sustainable water management in the state.

The Nevada state engineer denied a permit in August for a controversial pipeline plan decades in the … [more…]

Bringing the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

Bringing the Chesapeake Bay to Baltimore’s Inner Harbor

The National Aquarium, located in the heart of the nation’s largest estuary, is bringing back estuarine landscapes to Baltimore City.

This blog was written by Charmaine Dahlenburg, Manager of the National Aquarium’s Chesapeake Bay Program. Photo © PAUL BURK

Estuaries are necessary for the health of people and the planet. They capture and filter stormwater runoff, reduce effects of flooding, prevent shoreline erosion and provide habitat for fish, birds, mammals … [more…]

The Water Crises Aren’t Coming—They’re Here

graphic: from rain to drought

For eons, the earth has had the same amount of water—no more, no less. What the ancient Romans used for crops and Nefertiti drank? It’s the same stuff we bathe with. Yet with more than seven billion people on the planet, experts now worry we’re running out of usable water. The symptoms are here: multiyear droughts, large-scale crop failures, a major city—Cape Town—on the verge of going dry, increasing outbreaks … [more…]

Interview: Ohio’s Representative Nickie Antonio

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MCAF:What is unique about protecting the resources in your district?

My district is unique in that it includes an urban neighborhood, a highway, a river, and one of the Great Lakes. It is very important to us that we keep our air and water clean. Pollution from the heavy number of cars driving down I-90 daily and boats riding past Lakewood Park in the summer is of great concern. Additionally, … [more…]