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Salt Lake Tribune
By Scott Yates
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Even if we end up with a good snow year, the long-term trend is clear: drier and hotter and less predictable.

Left unaddressed, these trends could pose a perfect storm for both municipalities and agricultural producers who depend on healthy flows in our rivers. That’s why a few years ago, the Bureau of Reclamation, municipal utilities, conservationists and other river stakeholders banded together to launch an innovative, market-based program, called the System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP).

The goal of the pilot program was to answer this question: Would ranchers and farmers, landowners and other water users in the Upper Colorado Basin be willing to be paid for voluntary, temporary reductions in water use — and, by doing so, help shore up water supplies in Lakes Powell and Mead while providing side benefits like increased flows for fisheries?

We are happy to report that the answer is a resounding “yes.”

Durango Herald
By Joey Bunch
Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Anglers and environmentalists say President Donald Trump’s plan to reshape the federal lease approval process for oil and gas is a means to muzzle their concerns.

By Nicole Mordant
Monday, January 29, 2018
VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Shares in mine developer Northern Dynasty Minerals Ltd fell as much as 26 percent on Monday after a U.S. regulator reversed himself and maintained restrictions on the company’s big copper and gold mine project in Alaska.
Alaska Journal of Commerce
By Elwood Brehmer
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
The scaled-down version of the Pebble mine project would still be a massive undertaking, as seen in the map above. The heart of the operation would be the mine pit, seen in gray at right, that would be 6,500 feet long, 5,500 feet wide and up to 1,750 feet deep. A 230-megawatt natural gas fed power plant, the second-largest power plant in the state, would fuel the operation that proponents say would employ 850 full-time and about 2,000 during four years of construction. At the upper left is the North Fork of the Koktuli River and at upper left is the Upper Talarik Creek, which feeds Iliamna Lake and the Kvichak River. (Map via Pebble Ltd. Partnership Section 404 application)
Los Angeles Times
By Keith Schneider
Sunday, January 7, 2018

During his years in the White House, President Obama erected barriers to oil and gas development on the West’s public lands. 


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