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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... ]
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.
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... ]
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... ]
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... ]
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... ]
So how is Trout Unlimited doing with its collaborative, pragmatic approach to conservation? Look no further than the latest round of the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSmart grants, which recognize innovative, cooperative efforts to improve watershed health. Trout Unlimited’s name is all over this [ READ MORE... ]
Blog Post BY rscholfield ON June 12, 2017 - 0 COMMENTS
A fresh look at infrastructure
Through the Liquid Assets effort, TU and project partners will provide capital for ranchers to convert to sustainable ranching practices and for farmers to improve water use through crop switching or irrigation system improvements. By boosting both water savings and farm and ranch profits, we can [ READ MORE... ]
As I write this, the administration has issued an unprecedented executive order to review many of the West’s national monuments, including the Rio Grande del Norte, to determine whether they deserve designation. They’re considering delisting or scaling back some of the monuments. It’s a [ READ MORE... ]
Overall, the Trump budget proposes cutting EPA by 30 percent—a devastating and demoralizing blow for an EPA staff already understaffed and overwhelmed.