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[ Response to Interior Department announcement regarding better collaboration for New Mexico’s Historic Chaco Canyon region ]

Jennifer Dickson

According to the agency, this is the first time the Bureau of Land Management’s (BLM) Farmington Field Office and the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) Navajo Regional Office will jointly conduct an analysis of management in the area that covers both public and tribal lands.  


[ Coastal crisis, conflicting ideas: How a complex restoration plan found success ]

Diverse stakeholders, some of whom did not see eye to eye on sediment diversions, hammered out recommendations for a massive coastal recovery project.


[ What Michael Pollan gets wrong about Big Ag ]

Those who paint large-scale farmers and agribusiness as a monolithic villain ignore improvements that are being made today on the ground, in corporate offices and in food company kitchens.


[ Cutting carbon pollution from aviation: A major breakthrough years in the making ]

After years of hard, behind-the-scenes work, it’s the first-ever cap on carbon pollution from a major, global industry.


[ Keep #OurWild public! Climbers from American Alpine Club voice up ]

People who love to climb–be it alpine climbing or rock climbing–live for the opportunity to push themselves, both mentally and physically, in some of the most beautiful and serene parts of our country.

[ Guest blog: Bringing the mountains home ]


[ Conserving water a Madison priority ]

waterdtMore than 70 percent of Madisonians are actively working to conserve water, according to results of a recent survey from Madison Water Utility. Over a thousand people took the “Know Your H2O” survey aimed at getting feedback on critical water issues like infrastructure, safety, sustainability and cost.

Despite the focus on conservation, the survey reveals that only 35% of Madisonians know exactly where their water comes from. Ten percent admit they turn on the tap without ever stopping to think about the source of their water (Madison uses 22 high-capacity wells across the city to pump groundwater from underground aquifers). According to the survey, respondents who know exactly where their water comes from are twice as likely to conserve as those who don’t really think about the source of their water.

People may not always know where or how the city gets its water, but 83 percent listed quality and safety as their top concern. And while nearly 90 percent say they believe Madison’s water is safe to drink, fewer than half actually drink straight from the tap. About 43 percent drink filtered water, and 9 percent say they buy bottled water or fill plastic jugs at the grocery store.

You can see the full report here.

Information from the Madison Water Utility.

[ This water utility is mapping lead service lines – and is asking property owners to fill in data gaps ]

DC Water's interactive engages home owners and businesses to determine if aging service pipes have been replaced. It could be a model for the rest of America.


[ Report: Coal mining on public lands to cost trillions in climate damages over next 5 years ]

Americans could face $150 trillion in climate change-related damages due to the burning of coal if the federal coal leasing program is not reformed immediately, according to the new Wilderness Society

[ 16 Hispanic heritage spots on public lands ]