Author: Ellie Cabell

Trophic rewilding is the reintroduction of species that have become extinct in specific areas, and it may be one way to mitigate the effects of climate change. Ecologist Dr. Liesbeth Bakker of the Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie has stated that loss of species drastically impacts environments in which they live.  “If we are to restore […]

Environmental advocates say that failing to implement the Clean Water Rule will cause large scale damage to the environment. They are very likely correct, but it is impossible to prove. Opponents are attempting to use a legal maneuver to establish an alternative “rule” that is actually just a repeal of the not yet implemented Clean Water […]

The Waters of the United States rule is, at its base, nothing more than a clarification of the implementation of the Clean Water Act, passed in 1972 and signed into law by President Richard Nixon. The Act established federal authority to limit pollutants discharged into bodies of water that cross state lines. As initially implemented by […]

Denver, Colorado city officials have come to realize that nature had a plan behind the design of waterways in the arid state, and it did not involve diverting creeks and rivers through storm drains and concrete channels.  Denver is discovering the value of the long lost natural waterways that once criss-crossed the city. In 1858, […]

  Two recent stories in the news tell the story of how Colorado’s transition to renewable electricity generation has reached a tipping point. This week, state regulators approved Xcel’s bold Colorado Energy Plan to accelerate the deployment of wind and solar power generation capacity, and to retire several coal fired power plants earlier than planned. […]

According to a 2009 article in the New York Times, “Twenty-one power plants in 10 states, including Alabama, Kentucky, North Carolina and Ohio, have dumped arsenic into rivers or other waters at concentrations as much as 18 times the federal drinking water standard.” The report also states dumping chemicals besides just arsenic into water at dangerous levels.  This waste is […]

The Berkeley Pit, located in Butte, MT, has been a “superfund site,” since 1982. This means it has been contaminated by hazardous waste and is considered a risk to both the environment and human health. Berkeley Pit is the result of decades of mining of gold, silver, and copper. Put simply, mining produced water that […]

Perfluorinated compounds are a group of human-made chemicals developed for use in products that resist heat, grease, oil, stains, and water. PFCs do not occur naturally. They are frequently found in coating additives, cosmetic products, dental floss, certain types of food packaging and clothing. On April 9, a Colorado state water panel adopted new standards […]

In the U.S., 21 states have active fracking sites. Countries across the globe engage in hydraulic fracturing to access oil and natural gas. The environmental and physical safety of fracking continues to be debated around the world, but those debates tend to be focused on the potential dangers of the actual act of fracking. Some […]