EnvironmentalPolicy

A collection of High Country News articles concerning public policy and the environment.
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Drought bill aims to build dams to alleviate water shortages
Despite the drought, agriculture in California is in better shape than you might think.
How crowded are private prisons in the West?
How crowded are private prisons in the West?
A riot in Arizona puts the spotlight on for-profit incarceration.
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
More waterways likely protected under new EPA rule
The controversial Clean Water Act rule protects tributaries with any sign of water, no matter the flow.
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
The counties that actively oppose a federal lands transfer
Commissioners fear states could reduce county power and remove public access.
Obama designates three more national monuments
Obama designates three more national monuments
Vast stretches of Nevada and Northern California are now protected, bringing Obama's count to 19.
State bills to study federal-to-state land transfers
State bills to study federal-to-state land transfers
A rundown of the legislation in each state and a look into the motives behind them.
Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo
Efforts to save Utah's Cedar Mesa reach a crescendo
Conflicting county and state proposals would provide various levels of protection.
The sublime delight of backtracking
For 20 years, David Bertelsen has been in love with the same five-mile trail up Finger Rock Canyon north of Tucson, keeping track of its animal and plant life and watching out for the well-being of a fragile landscape.
Court sides with industry on power plant emissions
Court sides with industry on power plant emissions
Supreme Court decision is a setback to one of the biggest environmental actions of the Obama administration.
John Podesta: Legacy maker
John Podesta: Legacy maker
This Washington insider’s ‘hidden hand’ has guided the environmental achievements of presidents for two decades.
Methane leaks from oil and gas production on federal lands
Methane leaks from oil and gas production on federal lands
New proposals from EPA and BLM to curtail leaks are due out this summer.
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
Wyoming coal, Cliven Bundy and megadrought
HCN.org news in brief.
A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
A door squeaks open for rural energy independence
A Colorado co-op just won some freedom from its giant power supplier. Now what?
Latest: Clean Water Act to protect more waterways
Latest: Clean Water Act to protect more waterways
After years of confusion over which waters are protected by the EPA, Waters of the US rule is updated.
The sage grouse two-step
The sage grouse two-step
Massive federal sage grouse conservation plans strike a delicate balance.
Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon
Oath Keepers show up for a public lands dispute in Oregon
Plus a Cliven Bundy supporter is charged and BLM emails about the Nevada standoff were released.
Hillary would charge new fees for fossil fuel extraction
Hillary would charge new fees for fossil fuel extraction
Candidate for Democratic nomination tells Republican presidential hopefuls to heed scientists on global warming.
Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage
Outfitters seek exemption from new federal minimum wage
Bill would allow recreation businesses to operate on federal land without paying staff $10.10 an hour.
Prairie dog case challenges ESA
Prairie dog case challenges ESA
District judge rules ESA has no say over species that don't have multi-state presence or economic impact.
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Senate committee votes to block Obama's clean water rule
Republicans say new rule would give the federal government too much authority over waterways and wetlands.