[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.]
Water issues (always at the top of the list):
Undrinkable: Safe water was within reach, but politics and entrenched interests undercut decades of work Things are bad in Vinton.
World Faces Catastrophic Water Shortage if Changes Are Not Made, UN Warns
Snow Water Equvalent Percentages for the Western States It's not good. Note southwestern Colorado where the Rio Grande begins.
Policy Priorities for Managing Drought A California white paper but worth reading.
Activists Asking City to Preserve Land Near Franklin Mountains It's about water, sprawl and open space. KVIA's Maria Garcia interviews me about the petition. Good transition to our next topic:
Open Space and Development:
Comments on Land Study May Mean New NE El Paso Neighborhoods in the Franklin Mountain Foothills elpasonaturally did a post about this development. You have got to read the comments following the report. People just don't want the mountain destroyed. Sign the petition online and/or get signatures.
Boulder County Colorado Parks and Open Space It's a huge wish list for El Paso whose leaders just don't seem to get it.
Home Center for ReSource Management More good ideas from pacesetter, Boulder County Colorado.
Welcome to Tiny House Family Be sure to read the blog.
Energy and Fracking:
Fossil Fuels Are Way More Expensive Than You Think