Pass the #ContinentalDivide Act #July4th video

July 4, 2015

Of course these areas should be protected as a source of clean water.


Wildfires burn record 1.8 million acres in Alaska

July 4, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Nationally, fires have scorched more than 2.5 million acres

Spot fires show as small puffs of smoke ahead of the main fire front as the fire moves toward the New Town of the village of Nulato on June 22 Credit: Ben Pratt Smoke from spot fires ahead of the main fire front as a fire in the Galena Zone moves toward New Town Nulato on June 22, Credit: Ben Pratt/Alaska Interagency Coordination Center.

Staff Report

FRISCO — U.S. Wildfire activity has surged above the 10-year average in the past few weeks, primarily because of what will be a record-breaking fire season in Alaska.

After months of mostly above-average temperatures, Alaska’s vast forests and brushlands were primed, and the Alaska Interagency Coordination Center is reporting that more  600 fires have burned across more than 1.8 million acres in the state.

Fires have caused evacuations, highway closures, and rail and flight disruptions. More than 350 structures have been damaged, including about 70 homes.

Above-average temperatures and a longstanding drought in the western U.S. are big factors in the wildfires burning in parts of Washington, Oregon…

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Nobel laureates warn of global warming risks

July 4, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

'j 2015 is on track to be the warmest year on record for Earth.

Unsustainable plunder of the planet represents a serious threat to humanity

Staff Report

FRISCO — When several dozen of the world’s smartest people — all recognized as Nobel Laureates — gather on an island and declare that climate change and the unsustainable plunder of natural resources are a serious threat, it might be time to listen.

That’s what happened this week during the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting, as physicists, chemists and many Nobel Prize winners ended their conference by signing a declaration on climate change, urging nations of the world to “take decisive action to limit future global emissions.”

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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.

Want to…

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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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