Increased rain and snow force Oroville Spillway into use; health impacts from oil and natural gas extraction; Northern New Mexico trout drop; record-high Mexican gray wolf population in Southwest; and more environmental news from around the West this month.
New Mexico moves to leave carbon-fueled power behind, Colorado River arguments over drought planning end, the last possible savior of the Navajo Generating Station turns away, the San Joaquin Valley aquifer can’t hold as much water, and other recent news about the West and its environment.
Grey wolves are recovering and may be taken off of the federal Endangered Species List; mountain caribou conservation has not succeeded in the United States; avalanches ravage the Rockies during the wettest winter on record; the San Joaquin Valley suffocates while it feeds the country; and native bees in Utah host unwelcome houseguests. Explore these latest environmental reads.
Green power source or fish killer? As older dams around the West come up for relicensing, their owners know that they’ll have to spend heavily to fix problems, while new energy sources are getting cheaper.