Items by Hilary Watts

Gray water, green living
Brian Moore has retrofitted his house in Phoenix, Ariz., to enable him to re-use water and live more sustainably
Judge leaves Front Range cities mile-high and dry
A Colorado judge cancels the water right of a private company that had planned to build the state’s largest dam and use it to pipe water from the Western Slope to the cities of Denver and Colorado Springs
Super-sized dam could be a cash register for California farmers
The Bureau of Reclamation has agreed to deliver more water to California’s Central Valley Project than it actually has, and is considering raising Shasta Dam to provide it
Crazy like a fox, or a fish, or a bat...
In The Back Road to Crazy, Jennifer Bove gathers the true-life adventure stories of 25 wildlife biologists
Suburbia blasts through a national monument
A rocky western escarpment and the Petroglyph National Monument have long held back Albuquerque’s sprawl, but now the Volcano Heights development is coming, and a controversial road through the monument may be built
Former refuge manager takes heat for saving frogs
Wayne Shifflett, former manager of the Buenos Aires National Wildlife Refuge in southern Arizona, was charged with illegally moving a small population of imperiled Chiricahua leopard frog tadpoles, in order to save their lives when drought threatened their habitat.
Blades, birds and bats: Wind energy and wildlife not a cut-and-dried issue
Wind farms are working to make their turbines less hazardous to birds and bats
Farmers and ranchers say city is stealing water
In New Mexico, Alamogordo’s plan to build a desalinization plant and tap the Tularosa Basin aquifer has area ranchers and farmers worried
Climate model may help farmers know what to grow
A high-tech climate model will give farmers in Washington’s Yakima Valley a kind of crystal ball for predicting weather, choosing which crops to plant, and dealing with drought and global warming
Rock jocks fight a mining company
Resolution Copper Company is trying to obtain a land swap in order to mine at Arizona’s Oak Flat campground, a popular rock-climbing spot
Indian tribe to share refuge with feds
The Nisqually Tribe will share management of recently purchased land in Nisqually National Wildlife Refuge in Washington with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Is Preble's just another meadow mouse?
The Fish and Wildlife Service wants to delist the threatened Preble’s meadow jumping mouse, on the grounds that the animal is genetically identical to a more common species
Coal company takes refuge in a blind spot
Environmentalists on both sides of the border are up in arms over a Canadian coal company’s plans for an open-pit mine north of Montana’s Glacier National Park
Locals flush proposed kitty litter mine
A recent court ruling denying a proposed cat-litter mine in Nevada’s Washoe County could give local communities more control over mining projects on federal land.
Dear friends
New interns Julie McCord and Hilary Watts; feisty HCN board meeting in Boulder; corrections
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