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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2018  


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Public News Service - CO: Water

A 2018 ballot initiative gaining steam in Colorado seeks to establish larger buffer zones between oil and gas development and water sources. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Environmental groups in Colorado say they'll double down on efforts to protect the state's water supplies after the Trump administration rolled back standards for hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, on public lands. The U.S. Interior Department has reversed rules that would have requ

America's forests generate more than $13 billion in income for businesses and communities, and supply a critical ingredient for brewing beer. (Getty Images)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. – October means beer festivals in many corners of the globe, and in Colorado several local breweries have banded with The Nature Conservancy to create OktoberForest, a campaign to help keep the state's water supplies clean. Corey Odell, sustainability coordinator for the

Wildlife advocates say trout need clean, cold water and healthy habitat to enable young fish to hide and bigger fish to spawn. (Pixabay)

DENVER – Beer makers plan to join forces with outdoor recreation businesses and conservation groups today at the EPA's Denver headquarters. They're protesting the agency's plan to roll back the 2015 Clean Water Rule. Tyler Baskfield with the group Trout Unlimited says the move could underm

Wildlife depend on unobstructed access to wetlands and large swaths of wild spaces for breeding and migration across mountain areas between seasons. (Pixabay)

DENVER – On Saturday, a group of volunteers is heading into a wilderness area south of Bailey to check on restoration work done last year on a former playground for off-road vehicles. Lee Patton, a renowned author of books set in the great outdoors, is leading the hike. He says in addition t

The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to reverse pollution protections on 60 percent of U.S. streams and 20 million acres of wetlands, significant sources of drinking water. (Getty Images)

DENVER - The American public will have 30 days to comment on the Trump administration's plan to repeal and replace the 2015 Clean Water Rule, once it's published in the Federal Register. Jan Goldman-Carter, wetlands and water resources director for the National Wildlife Federation, said the move wo

Critics of the Regulatory Accountability Act say the bill's true purpose is to thwart consumer protections such as keeping lead out of drinking water. (Getty Images)

AURORA, Co. – A bill making its way through the U.S. Senate is being challenged by business leaders and consumer groups. Proponents say the Regulatory Accountability Act will ensure that health and environmental regulations are transparent and based on the best available science. Critics s

The BLM is taking public input on a management plan for 650,000 acres of Colorado public lands including the Arkansas River. (Wikimedia Commons)

DENVER – The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is asking for input on how to manage some 650,000 acres of public lands in eastern Colorado, including popular recreation areas. Josh Kuhn, wilderness and public lands organizer for Conservation Colorado, says he hopes the agency will protect the m

More than 7 million acres of wildlife habitat have been lost due to the federal Renewable Fuel Standard for ethanol. (Pixabay)

DENVER – U.S. farmers have plowed under more than seven million acres of wildlife habitat, mostly to grow corn needed to produce ethanol gasoline, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation. David DeGennaro, an Agriculture Policy Specialist and the report's author, said th

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