Gov. John Hickenlooper has asked for federal disaster declarations for a total of nine Colorado counties. This week, Hickenlooper asked the U.S. Department of Agriculture for aid in drought-stricken counties in Colorado – Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Rio Grande, Saguache counties. “Drought impacts are resulting in the loss of native grass, mixed...
The Fountain Creek Watershed, Flood Control and Greenway District — it’s an impressive name for an agency with equally impressive responsibilities. The district’s job is to prepare flood restoration master plans for the entire Fountain Creek drainage from Woodland Park to Pueblo, put together complex funding packages to accomplish the...
The Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved regulations Tuesday that will allow a local start-up to build a community solar garden. Several community members showed up to voice their support for the initiative that will allow Colorado Springs Utilities customers to lease solar panels in a remote community solar garden...
Fort Carson officials finalized plans for conservation easements on more than 7,000 acres of land bordering the Army post’s southern and southeastern boundaries. The final easement completes a nine-year process to development conservation easements on the 22,292 acres of land through the Army’s compatible use buffer program. The acquisition process...
By Michael Barton Ever wonder what ozone smells like? According to Smithsonian Magazine, it’s “the sweet, fresh, powerfully evocative smell of fresh rain.” That familiar scent is a combination of plant oils, bacteria and ozone. But when highly concentrated, it can actually be a pollutant. That’s why the United States has...
It's not a bird. It's not a plane. It's MRF Man — Colorado Springs Bestway Disposal's mascot. The mascot, who represents Bestway's Materials Recovery Facility, is in a heated national March Mascot Madness competition, hosted by Waste & Recycling, an industry publication. According to the Waste & Recycling bracket, MRF Man...
The U.S. Green Building Council released the Top 10 States for LEED rankings on Tuesday. Colorado placed eighth in the nation. Regions around the country at the forefront of sustainable building design, construction and operation were recognized. LEED-certified spaces save money for businesses and taxpayers; use less water and energy;...
David Leinweber has built his Colorado Springs fly fishing business on Colorado’s clean water. And, he’s not happy with Supreme Court rulings that have changed the Clean Water Act, making some of Colorado’s waterways vulnerable to pollution. He joined about 100 other Colorado business owners, lawmakers, farmers and environmental activists in...
The Air Force Academy received a Colorado Environmental Leadership program Gold Leader award from the Colorado Pubic Health and Environment Department. The award recognizes institutions that have fully operational, facility-specific environmental management systems that have undergone planning, implementation and operation, as well as checks and reviews at several levels. The process...
The Better Business Bureau of Southern Colorado is about to “Letter Rip” with a recycling day that aims to save trees and protect consumers from identity theft. The organization is teaming with Mobile Record Shredders and Blue Star Recyclers to host a document shredding and electronics recycling day from 10...
The Colorado Cleantech Industry Association is looking for a few good CEOs. The association has launched a Cleantech Fellows Institute in an effort to jump start advanced technology startups in Colorado by training CEOs to lead the firms. CFI is an intensive program that aims to train 12 to 15 business...
As the drought afflicting Colorado Springs and much of the rest of the state continues, tempers are hot over a deal in which the city utility sold an additional three million gallons of water to irrigate a golf course. The Broadmoor Hotel was sold city drinking water to irrigate its...