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The end of welfare water and the drying of the West 17.9.2009 Gristmill
This essay was originally published on TomDispatch and is republished here with Tom’s kind permission. Pink snow is turning red in Colorado.  Here on the Great American Desert—specifically Utah’s slickrock portion of it where I live—hot ‘n’ dry means dust.  When frequent high winds sweep across our increasingly arid landscape, redrock powder is lifted up and carried hundreds of miles eastward until it settles on the broad shoulders of Colorado’s majestic mountains, giving the snowpack there a pink hue. Some call it watermelon snow.  Friends who ski into the backcountry of the San Juan and La Plata mountain ranges in western Colorado tell me that the pink-snow phenomenon has lately been ...
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Red Snow Warning: The End of Welfare Water and the Drying of the West 14.9.2009 Truthout.com

    Introduction: Chip Ward, The Ruins in Our Future.

     All of us have been watching drought in action this summer.

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Red Snow Warning: The End of Welfare Water and the Drying of the West 14.9.2009 Commondreams.org Views
by Chip Ward

Pink snow is turning red in Colorado. Here on the Great American Desert -- specifically Utah's slickrock portion of it where I live -- hot 'n' dry means dust. When frequent high winds sweep across our increasingly arid landscape, redrock powder is lifted up and carried hundreds of miles eastward until it settles on the broad shoulders of Colorado's majestic mountains, giving the snowpack there a pink hue.

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Chip Ward: Red Snow Warning: The End of Welfare Water and the Drying of the West 14.9.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
We are now dangerously close to the limits of what the Colorado River can provide, even in the very best of weather scenarios, and the weather is being neither so friendly nor cooperative these days.
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Environmental Groups Sue to Protect Grand Canyon From Mining 11.9.2009 Common Dreams: Headlines
by Randy Boswell A planned Canadian-owned uranium mine near the Grand Canyon is being targeted in a lawsuit launched by three U.S. environmental groups that claim the project threatens four at-risk species of fish and an endangered songbird that inhabit the iconic Arizona park. The president of Toronto-based Denison Mines told Canwest News Service that the legal action has the company "looking at what the potential ramifications might be," but insists the mine poses no harm to the famed natural wonder or its animal residents. read ...
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Uranium Mine Threatens Grand Canyon's Endangered Species, Meets With Legal Challenge 9.9.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 8, 2009 Environmental Groups The Center for Biological Diversity, Grand Canyon Trust, and Sierra Club today filed a 60-day notice of intent to sue the Bureau of Land Management over Endangered Species Act violations connected to Grand Canyon uranium mining. The Bureau has failed to consult with the U.S. read ...
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The Poudre: A river besieged by thirsty cities 2.9.2009 Writers on the Range
Colorado's Cache la Poudre River is the third most endangered river in the country because so many Front Range developers are lusting after its water.
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The River Dry 2.9.2009 From the Blogs
Drought, climate change and reservoir-depletion risk on the Colorado River.
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Interior Begins Analysis of New Grand Canyon Uranium Protections 27.8.2009 Commondreams.org Newswire

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 26, 2009

Environmental Groups

The Department of the Interior today published a Federal Register notice announcing its preparation of an environmental impact statement evaluating a proposed 20-year "mineral withdrawal" that would prohibit new mining claims and the exploration or mining of existing claims without valid existing rights across nearly 1 million acres of public lands surrounding Grand Canyon National Park. The purpose of the mineral withdrawal would be to protect Grand Canyon's watersheds from the adverse effects of new uranium exploration and mining.

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From Tuscany to the Mohave 26.8.2009 Current Issue
Guiseppena Bellandi Perry remembers the events -- and the husbands -- who brought her from her native Italy to the desert of Needles, Calif.
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Obama Family Tours National Parks (PHOTOS, VIDEO) 17.8.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
*Scroll down for photos and video* FROM AP: GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - President Barack Obama is hardly the consummate Western outdoorsman. The Marlboro...
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Obama Family Tours National Parks (PHOTOS) 17.8.2009 Politics on HuffingtonPost.com
*Scroll down for photos* GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, Ariz. - President Barack Obama is hardly the consummate Western outdoorsman. The Marlboro Man he's not. He's...
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From Corn to Cabernet 14.8.2009 High Country News Most Recent
A burgeoning wine industry could provide a welcome economic boost to Colorado's Western Slope.
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Sean-Paul Kelley: We Cannot Have It All 11.8.2009 Green on HuffingtonPost.com
In the last year I have traveled in almost 20 foreign nations. There were only two where the people didn't complain in one sense or another about massively altered traditional weather patterns.
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I can't wait to drink wastewater 5.8.2009 High Country News Most Recent
Since (like it or not) all water is recycled, why not drink your community’s recycled wastewater?
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Is Brown the New Green? Not Watering Lawns Works 3.8.2009 TreeHugger
Grass au natural. Photo via Flickr by It’s catching on: homeowners letting lawns go fallow during the summer without wasting resources on watering. When I lived in Seattle it was a common practice. After the grass turns brown, come fall, the rains return and voila!, it goes green again. But here in semi-arid Southern California, there are sprinkler systems even along freeway banks in order to prevent brush fires. So I figure my short showers and other tricks are barely a drop in the vast bucket of the ... ...
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Having your cake and eating it, too 1.8.2009 High Country News Most Recent
Gary Paul Nabhan chats with HCN Assistant Editor Marty Durlin about working landscapes in National Parks
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Population: 6.9 billion and counting 30.7.2009 From the Blogs
Humankind continues its relentless march toward one square meter per person.
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The Disappearance of the West's Frontier 28.7.2009 NewWest.Net All Headlines
July, 2009 marks the 40th anniversary of another major milestone in America's quest to push boundaries and explore new frontiers -- the Apollo moon landing. The television images of Neil Armstrong descending the ladder onto the moon's surface captivated the attention of the world, rekindling the exploration spirit that lies within us. The Apollo landing and the Corps of Discovery journey, events separated by almost 165 years, have achieved almost mythical status in American folklore. Both were defining moments of bravery and exploration underscoring the need for humans to set out into the wild unknown. Wallace Stegner captures the essence of this idea perfectly: We simply need that wild country available to us, even if we never do more than drive to ...
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In Wyoming, Opposition Builds to Pipeline 25.7.2009 NewWest.Net Politics
Wyoming’s Green River has long been overlooked by water managers in Colorado, or at least if you ask Aaron Million. His proposal to tap into it was actually born out of a graduate thesis he wrote in a resource economics class while attending Colorado State University in Fort Collins in 2002. The Green is actually part of the Colorado River basin; making it subject to long-standing water treaties. One of those permits the transfer of water between upper Colorado River basin states; the tent pole behind Million’s thesis that Colorado is entitled to some of the Green River water. “Is it unprecedented? Absolutely not. I mean, around the world projects of this size get done every day,” he says. Even around the arid West, a 550 mile water pipeline is not ...
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