[Monday is "Links Day" with links gathered over the past week to online "stuff" to read and sites to surf that impact us directly or offer information about our regional issues. Please feel free to send me links to any conservation, environmental, simple living, city planning, energy and water, etc. stories that you have come across online.
New on the bottom: Story Updates - updates to stories that we have posted about.]
Water Loss: An Invisible Global Crisis
West's snowpack improves, still not great
Rio Grande forcast improves, but that's not saying much
Measuring Groundwater in Texas
More Benefits of Green vs. Gray Stormwater Infrastructure
Climate Change Impacts in the United States: Highlights
The Commons as a Source of Renewal
How Much is the Commons Worth?
The Nightmarish Normalcy of Canada's Tar Sands Mines
$25 million for Stormwater Drainage (You will recall the urgent need by the Mayor and Rep. Niland to take 3 year's worth of open space funds for stormwater improvements. Well . . . seems there was other money all along for the projects thanks to the PSB.)
Arroyo featured in Desert View's biggest El Paso subdivision (Actually, this story should be under the category of "laugh of the month". The picture accompanying the story is above. Do you see a "wide arroyo" OR concrete? Truth is that the developer destroyed the mountain to river arroyo by severely narrowing it and concreting the sides. Rather than building a bridge ("too expensive"), he put in a box culvert. Never mind Mule Deer wanting to get to the river or even hikers wanting to follow the arroyo.)