• Water attorney urges local residents to be proactive in creating a National Conservation Area on the lower Dolores River.
  • Cortez area weather has been abnormally warm and dry.

  • Colorado Water Conservation Board awards instream flow water right on the Dolores River to benefit native fish.
  • Fish surveys after mine waste spill into the Animas River show good and bad news.
  • Colorado Senator calls for funding for a water treatment plant in the Gold King Mine area.

  • Cortez Re-1 School District needs school board applicants.
  • Documentary film highlights water issues in Colorado.
  • Cucumbers linked to salmonella outbreak in the Southwest states.

In this episode of Talking Heads, KSJD's Jeff Pope and Gail Binkly of the Four Corners Free Press discuss politics in southeast Utah and the ongoing legal situation surrounding San Juan County Commissioner Phil Lyman, as well as issues related to water and a proposed National Conservation Area on the Lower Dolores River.

  • Five people dead after a plane crash in the mountains south of Telluride.
  • Dolores Water Conservancy District will ask voters to set a permanent mill levy for the district.

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Do you ever wonder about the way the water swirls when you flush the toilet or pull the plug after a bath? Is it true that water swirls one way in the Northern Hemisphere, and another in the Southern Hemisphere? In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd explains the Coriolis Effect in an attempt to answer these vexing questions, among others.

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In this episode of the More Than You Want To Know Show, the EngiNerd goes global to examine the Gulf Stream, what it is, how it affects the climate of areas around it and the marine biology of the Atlantic Ocean, and how climate change might disrupt the Gulf Stream.

Managing Water In McPhee Reservoir

Sep 2, 2015
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Decent spring and summer rainfall this year have many in the Four Corners area feeling cautiously optimistic about easing the on-going drought situation, especially if the area gets better than normal snow pack during the coming winter. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Mike Preston, General Manager for the Dolores Water Conservancy District, about the current status of McPhee Reservoir, and the balance between planning for water demands and the realities of an uncertain climate.

La Plata County Emergency Management

The Gold King Mine waste spill into the Animas River in early August deposited several different types of toxic metals and other pollutants into the waterway. Pandora's Box host Lyn Patrick talks with Marcie Bidwell, Executive Director of the Mountain Studies Institute, about how the Animas River chemistry was changed after the spill, and what we might expect for water quality in the future.

River Ecology and Our Future In The Southwest

Aug 20, 2015
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Rivers are perhaps the most important of our natural resources, delivering precious water and providing habitat for humans and wildlife alike. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Chris Rasmussen, a river ecologist with Eco Mainstream Consulting, about the delicate ecology of rivers in the Southwest, and how incidents like the recent mine waste spill into the Animas River highlight the need for more protections and long term changes.