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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON September 22, 2016 - 0 COMMENTS
In South Park with Sen. Bennet
The Master Leasing Plan provides an opportunity for locals to give the BLM feedback on what kind of management and protections they’d like to see. In simple terms, an MLP is a zoning plan to help ensure that we conserve our outdoor heritage, protect water supplies, and see that oil and gas [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON September 1, 2016 - 0 COMMENTS
A float down the Gunnison
Agriculture producers and conservationists haven't always seen eye to eye on water in the West. But that's changing, as all sides recognize that water is a finite resource and must be managed for multiple benefits. "Farms and ranches and conservation and fish and wildlife all depend on healthy [ READ MORE... ]
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Because each agricultural operation and watershed is different, TU tends to avoid generalizations about flood and sprinkler irrigation. The truth is, fish-related goals might be attained with flood irrigation in one watershed, and with center pivot sprinklers in another. At the end of the day, the [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON August 17, 2016 - 0 COMMENTS
CO River: No time to waste
Not so long ago, you would have been hard pressed to find conservation groups and agriculture working together. But with ever-diminishing water levels in Lake Mead, most people realize the urgency of working together to protect flows in the Colorado River Basin. Indeed, partnerships and [ READ MORE... ]
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For over a decade, Trout Unlimited has been working on projects that help irrigators reduce diversions in order to improve stream flows and fish habitat. Thanks to the Colorado System Conservation Pilot Program (SCPP), over the last two years TU has facilitated over 22 projects that resulted in the [ READ MORE... ]
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Trout Unlimited, New Mexico Game and Fish, U.S.
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“Finding a balance between wind and solar development and the conservation of fish and wildlife on public lands is essential to the future of renewable energy on public lands,” Steve Moyer, TU’s vice president of government affairs, told the House committee. “Wind and solar offer the prospect of [ READ MORE... ]
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The potentially higher temperature standards would have also occurred during the months of April to November--the months of rainbow and brown spawning seasons when the fish are more sensitive and susceptible to changes in their environment.
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In Colorado, the problem of leaching mines is particularly prevalent and threatens the state’s most iconic rivers. The issue of water pollution stemming from abandoned mines burst into public consciousness when 3 million gallons of polluted heavy metal-laden water spilled into the Animas River from [ READ MORE... ]
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The tour showed that modernizing water systems on the ranch or farm has the potential to make our farms and rivers more sustainable and healthy in the face of drought, rising temperatures and other pressures threatening the larger Colorado River Basin.