Environment

Neguse pushes for wildfire recovery funds in COVID-19 relief package

BY: - December 4, 2020

Colorado Rep. Joe Neguse will urge congressional leadership to include funding for a range of wildfire prevention and recovery programs in any potential coronavirus relief legislation, his office said Friday. “Communities that have been fighting the public health and economic impacts of COVID-19 are now also … beginning the long journey of recovering from catastrophic […]

Mount Evans name change subject of petition

BY: - December 3, 2020

This story first appeared in Mountain Town News. Cheyenne and Arapaho tribes have announced an official petition to rename Mount Evans, the 14,265-foot peak in the front tier of mountains west of Denver. Mt. Blue Sky, their proposed name, was arrived at after consultation with The Wilderness Society. The name seeks to represent the Arapaho, […]

COMMENTARY

America’s largest national forest is on the chopping block

BY: - November 26, 2020

As a nation, we have long honored our sense of wild. Our wild spirit, our wild explorations, our wild ideas. Our wild has birthed discovery and innovation, which propels not only our country and our people, but our world. However, somewhere along the way we lost our wild places. Year after year, our natural landscapes […]

COMMENTARY

Colorado becomes national leader in protecting health and safety from oil and gas drilling

BY: - November 25, 2020

For decades, Coloradans put forward a bold but simple proposition: When it comes to oil and gas drilling, we should value the public health, safety, and our environment above industry profits. This week — thanks to Gov. Jared Polis, Colorado legislative leaders, state regulators, local officials, environmental advocates, and everyday citizens — that vision became […]

New oil and gas rules given final approval by Colorado regulators

BY: - November 23, 2020

Colorado oil and gas regulators gave final approval on Monday to a sweeping set of changes to the state’s drilling rules, in a major step towards the full implementation of a landmark reform bill enacted by Democrats in the legislature in 2019. In a series of unanimous votes, the five-member Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation […]

Coal plant closures accelerated with air commission approval of Regional Haze plan

BY: - November 20, 2020

At least eight of Colorado’s 11 remaining coal-fired generating units will face mandatory retirement deadlines over the next decade, and three could be required to close earlier than their operators had planned, under a plan given preliminary approval by the state’s Air Quality Control Commission on Friday. Colorado was required to submit the plan as […]

Trump officials cast doubt on CORE Act in Senate testimony; Gardner absent

BY: - November 18, 2020

After a years-long wait, the Colorado Outdoor Recreation and Economy Act finally got its first hearing in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday, but Republican lawmakers and top public lands officials in President Donald Trump’s administration made clear that the conservation package isn’t a top priority. In a hearing of the Public Lands, Forests and Mining […]

Colorado’s dismal recycling rate dropped again in 2019

BY: - November 18, 2020

Coloradans may pride themselves on their eco-consciousness, but there’s at least one area of environmental policy where they remain national laggards. “We have a lot of room to grow when it comes to recycling,” said Colorado First Gentleman Marlon Reis, who joined Gov. Jared Polis at a virtual event on Nov. 16 marking Colorado Recycles […]

COMMENTARY

Farmers are depleting the Ogallala Aquifer because the government pays them to do it

BY: , and - November 16, 2020

A slow-moving crisis threatens the U.S. Central Plains, which grow a quarter of the nation’s crops. Underground, the region’s lifeblood — water — is disappearing, placing one of the world’s major food-producing regions at risk. The Ogallala-High Plains Aquifer is one of the world’s largest groundwater sources, extending from South Dakota down through the Texas […]

Trump administration memo deals another blow to Gardner’s public lands bill

BY: - November 13, 2020

The impact of a public lands bill sponsored by Colorado Republican Sen. Cory Gardner is once again being questioned by the advocates who championed its passage, after an order issued by the Trump administration made major changes to a federal conservation program funded by the bill. Among the changes made by the order, which was […]

Tri-State pledges to cut emissions from Colorado electricity sales 80% by 2030

BY: - November 12, 2020

Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, a Westminster-based electricity wholesaler that provides power to 17 rural electric cooperatives across Colorado, announced Thursday that it plans to achieve an 80% cut to greenhouse gas emissions from electricity sales within the state by 2030. Gov. Jared Polis joined Tri-State executives to announce the pledge, which comes ahead of […]

As wildfire threat grows, Colorado has a $4.2 billion forest management to-do list

BY: - November 11, 2020

Staff at the Colorado State Forest Service had been working on the agency’s latest action plan for more than a year before the 2020 wildfire season began taking a devastating toll on the state. As unprecedented blazes like the Pine Gulch Fire, Cameron Peak Fire and East Troublesome Fire burned hundreds of thousands of acres […]