Takin’ water saving to the streets

July 1, 2015

Originally posted on Mile High Water Talk:

Takin’ water saving to the streets

How Denver Water is bringing water savings straight to your doorstep.

By Dana Strongin

The 2015 Water Savers.

For Denver Water, summer signals the season for Water Savers – the friendly crew of water-efficiency gurus we dispatch each year to cruise neighborhoods and promote efficient water use.

Although they are schooled in our summer watering rules, Water Savers aren’t out to put the heat on summer fun. They are eager to share tips and tools to help you sprinkle efficiency in your watering routine.

Water Savers come armed with the knowledge and technology to look up customers’ water consumption history and review irrigation controller settings on the spot. And since they represent just one of the many resources we offer to help you conserve, Water Savers can suggest other programs to help you use only what you need this summer.

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Climate: Conservation group tries new path to limiting CO2 emissions

July 1, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

;j Increasingly corrosive ocean waters pose a serious threat to shell-building species and other marine life.

‘Future generations will look back and wonder why we didn’t do everything we could to save the world’s oceans …’

Staff Report

FRISCO — Citing the growing threat to the world’s oceans, environmental advocates want the federal government to regulate carbon dioxide under the Toxic Substances Control Act.

The regulations have been used to limit emissions of other harmful chemicals, including chlorofluorocarbons, PCBs and asbestos.

“Time’s running out to avoid a mass extinction of wildlife in our oceans,” said Miyoko Sakashita, oceans director with the Center for Biological Diversity. “It may not look like a toxic chemical, but when there’s too much CO2 in the ocean, it turns seawater corrosive and dissolves the protective shells that marine animals need to survive,” Sakashita said.

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Morning photo: Got mountains?

July 1, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Break out the long lens

FRISCO — After decades of shooting with SLRs and DSLRs, I’ve drastically changed my photography habits. I still carry a couple of cameras and a few lenses if I want to shoot wildlife, or catch a closeup of the moon, but often these days, I wander out with only my iPhone. But a quick look back through the archives shows the value of keeping that long lens around, for wildlife, of course, and even to create a nice bokeh in a wildflower scene. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram for daily photo updates and visit our online Fine Art America gallery for more Colorado landscape photography.

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A Call for Values-Based Water Administration

June 29, 2015

Originally posted on Parting the Waters:

A film is only as good as the reasons for making it.  -David Mackenzie

When I was in a fraternity (well, I still am in the fraternity, but you know what I mean) we were often told, nay commanded, to rush new freshmen into our organization through what the national-level suits called values-based recruitment. This entailed a thoughtful process of designing recruitment events based on the values that we held as men and as brothers, and on the values we wished to see in our new members.

As you might expect, we dudes largely ignored their suggestions, and for three reasons: number one, we assumed that it would mean less partying (not necessarily true, in retrospect: sociability is both a value we hold and one we demand from our new members); number two, we had never done it before, and it was way easier to run the recruitment we had…

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Environment: Tar sands oil releases 20 percent more greenhouse gas pollution than conventional crude oil

June 28, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

dfgh Tar sands development in Canada.

Study bolsters arguments against more tar sands exploitation

Staff Report

FRISCO —A new study by the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory will add fuel to controversy over development of tar sands oil.

The analyis shows that  gasoline and diesel refined from Canadian oil sands release about 20 percent more carbon into the atmosphere over its lifetime than fuel from conventional domestic crude sources.

The research, which was conducted in collaboration with Stanford University and the University of California at Davis, shows some variability in the increase of greenhouse gas, depending on the type of extraction and refining methods.

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Colorado towns get $2.4 million from EPA for cleanups, as GOP seeks to slash the agency’s budget

June 28, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

sdf EPA grants have helped clean up acid mine drainage at abandoned mines in Colorado. @bberwyn photo.

Denver gets $1 million for South Platte River work; Fort Collins will use grant to tackle Poudre River corridor restoration

Staff Report

FRISCO — Even as right-wing anti-environmental lawmakers in Congress seek to slash the EPA’s budget, the agency in the past couple of weeks announced $2.4 million in grants that will help Colorado communities clean up and revitalize areas that have been tainted by the same big industrial companies that support those legislators.

In the Denver Metro area, the City and County of Denver and the City of Northglenn will each receive $400,000, and Adams County will receive $200,000. Across the country, the EPA made 243 grant investments  totaling $54.3 million to 147 communities.

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Environment: EPA finally agrees to study impacts of common pesticides on 1,500 endangered species

June 28, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

sfdg Crop dusting.

Settlement with watchdog group may be the first step in limiting applications of harmful chemicals

Staff Report

FRISCO — Under legal pressure, the EPA last week agreed to begin a far-reaching evaluation of how some of the most commonly used pesticides affect more than 1,500 endangered plants and animals.

The study, to be completed by 2020, could be the first step toward limiting the use of atrazine and glyphosate. The EPA will also analyze the impacts of propazine and simazine, two pesticides that are chemically similar to atrazine.

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