Fishermen rejoice! Fraser River showing signs of recovery – News on TAP

First fish survey after river rehab project shows improvements to trout population through Fraser Flats.

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Loveland: #Colorado’s Ag Water Summit – December 5, 2017

From email from the Colorado Ag Water Alliance:

The Colorado Ag Water Alliance is hosting its Ag Water Summit on December 5th in Loveland, Colorado at The Ranch-Larimer County Fairgrounds. We want to encourage water professionals, conservationists, public officials, and the general public to learn about the importance and role of irrigated agriculture in Colorado. Come listen to farmers, ranchers, and agricultural professionals across the state talk about the story of “Ag and Water in Colorado.”

We are planning an exciting event this year and want to have a constructive dialogue about agricultural water issues.

Learn more and register for the event at http://www.coagwater.org/summit

La Niña watch: Hoping for high country snow #Snowpack

From The Denver Post (John Meyer):

The CPC, a department of the National Weather Service, has issued a La Niña watch, saying “La Niña conditions are favored” for fall and winter in the Northern Hemisphere. The prediction is based on below-average water temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean.

That means it could be a good season to shred in Steamboat Springs, Winter Park, Vail, Aspen and the Summit County resorts.

“What we see when we move into a La Niña is, typically the northern and central mountains do really well for snow,” Kyle Fredin, a meteorologist for the NWS in Boulder, said. “Statistically the bias is that the southwest mountains are a little bit drier than average, and locations east of the Continental Divide tend to be near to below normal snowfall for the season.”

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The big dumps in the mountains may not start coming until after the first of the new year. Above normal temperatures with normal precipitation levels are likely over the next three months, Fredin said, adding that he doesn’t see anything that would indicate significant snowfall over the next seven to 10 days.

Colorado College professor proposes to study Widefield aquifer pollution effects

Widefield aquifer via the Colorado Water Institute.

From KOAA.com (Lena Howland):

Dr. John Adgate, the professor leading the potential study, told dozens of concerned homeowners at the meeting here on Thursday that he wants to know what the health effects are from the firefighting foam that’s said to have caused the widespread contamination across the area.

He has submitted a fast track proposal seeking the funding for this study from the National Institutes of Health back in August and says he hopes to hear back within the next few months, with the goal of starting the study next summer.

Adgate says he would be looking for a pool of 200 volunteers spread out from all three affected water districts.

Their blood would each be tested once and 50 of them would be tested again the following year.

This is to find out the levels of these compounds found in their blood and to see if these levels are going up and down over time.

He says the compounds coming from the firefighting foam haven’t been studied enough to prove certain health effects, which is why he hopes his study will lead to more definitive answers.

Denver: Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit, November 7-8, 2017

History Colorado Center

From The Denver Business Journal (Cathy Proctor):

“A growing number of organizations and institutions are interested in solar, and it’s not necessarily about sustainability,” said Henderson, who also is the president of the board of directors of the Colorado Solar Energy Industries Association (COSEIA), a trade group for the state’s solar sector.

“They’re seeing the opportunity to reduce operating costs and impact the bottom line,” he said.

To that end, COSEIA has organized the Clean Energy Means Business Corporate Summit, to be held Nov. 7-8 at the History Colorado Center in downtown Denver.

The two-day summit is aimed at executives and energy management professionals interested in using clean energy to lower operations costs and support sustainability efforts.

“You can go renewable and reduce your operating costs, but people are surprised by that. They want to learn more about it,” Henderson said.

Since 2012, businesses in the U.S. and Mexico — including IKEA, Google, Apple, Kaiser Permanente, 3M and Microsoft — have purchased nearly 9,000 megawatts of renewable energy supplies, according to the Business Renewables Center in Boulder, part of the Rocky Mountain Institute.