Latest drought monitor issued January 23, 2014. No changes for the West.
Credit National Weather Service on Twitter
2014 is shaping up to be an “average” year for the Colorado River watershed, which provides water to 7 western states. That’s not good news, however, for states like California and Nevada which are already experiencing drought conditions.
For wildlife biologists, there’s nothing like winter for getting out and counting big game from the air. For Parks and Wildlife Researcher Chuck Anderson it’s also the time of the year to check on the intersection of mule deer and natural gas exploration on the Western Slope.
Less than a decade ago, an oil and gas boom in Colorado started to fire up... and with it came strong opinions on all sides. One of the first major controversies was over the Roan Plateau, a sweeping mesa in Garfield County. The discord centered on a Congressional mandate to drill-- and worries that doing so would destroy world class hunting and fishing, and the local economy. Colorado’s governor and two senators weighed in, and the Rifle area was featured in the documentary GasLand.