rscholfield's posts

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"You can’t grow food without water. You can’t live without water. Without water, nothing survives. I’m not thinking about myself; I’m thinking about my grandkids. I want them to be healthy and have clean water like I had growing up. I think it’s our job to protect it."
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At Upslope, we oppose any changes to the Clean Water Rule that would weaken the protections it established for critically important waterways like small streams and wetlands. Our craft breweries depend on those waterways to provide the clean water that we use to brew our beer.
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The Clean Water Rule is essential to protecting our home waters, here in Colorado and across the nation. We cannot risk having the EPA roll it back. That action would result in leaving the majority of the streams, rivers, lakes and wetlands in the lower 48 without protection.
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Even beyond the outdoor industry, this action could take away protections for 60 percent of all U.S. streams, 20 million acres of wetlands and waters that contribute to the drinking water for 1 in 3 Americans. No one can ignore that. We need to know that our government is keeping its people healthy [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON August 11, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
The Animas, two years later
Those of us who live here and are intimately aware of the issues with mine-related water quality in the headwaters know the reality. The dozens of draining abandoned mines near Silverton discharge the equivalent load of metals as one Gold King spill every 5-7 days, and have been doing so for [ READ MORE... ]
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It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder, What can one person do? As it turns out, one committed person—and especially one person working with other committed people—can do a whole lot.
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON July 27, 2017 - 1 COMMENTS
Backpacking for greenbacks
At first, they clumped together for a moment, seemingly unsure about where to go or hide in the cold, clear water. Then, after a few minutes, a few of them began to swim into the current and began rising to the small mayfly hatch coming off the surface. These fish were raised in captivity, but [ READ MORE... ]
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Blog Post BY rscholfield ON July 21, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
Many hands make great work
Our revegetation work day included upwards of 20 staff and volunteers and, in several hours, we spread 600 pounds of fertilizer, 1,350 pounds of Biochar (a charcoal-based material that helps the soil retain nutrients and water) and 4,200 pounds of compost across the site. This was a tough day of [ READ MORE... ]
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Here were ancient pictures scratched into black, volcanic boulders by humans who hunted and lived here many hundreds or thousands of years ago. They had long vanished into the mists of time, but they had left these untouched images for whatever eyes came after. The petroglyphs depicted bear paws, [ READ MORE... ]
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Looking at the degraded stretch left Bruchez wondering, “What happened to our river?” So, a few years ago, he decided to do something about it. He talked with his neighbors about not just fixing their irrigation systems but actually fixing the river. Instead of replumbing the irrigation down to [ READ MORE... ]