The Rockies Today, Sept. 14



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Wildlife refuge in Montana grows by 12,352 acres
On Wednesday, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a $3.6-million addition to the Rock Lakes Wildlife Refuge in Montana near the Montana-Idaho border.
Great Falls Tribune (AP); Sept. 14

Montana DEQ releases report on water quality in Lower Gallatin River
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality completed its review of 15 streams that flow into the Lower Gallatin River and, on Thursday, released its report on those streams, 11 of which had high sediment levels.
Bozeman Daily Chronicle; Sept. 14

Nonprofits kick in $10 million to help B.C. protect Flathead River Valley
John Lounds, CEO of Nature Conservancy of Canada, announced that Nature Conservancy of Canada and the U.S.-based Nature Conservancy had donated $10 million to the British Columbia government to help implement the terms of a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2010 between Montana and British Columbia to protect the Flathead River Valley in southeastern B.C. from coal mining.
Toronto Globe and Mail; Sept. 14

Salazar discusses energy, new conservation project at Colorado event
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar outlined an expanded "all of the above" energy approach on federal public lands at a presentation at the Center for the American West in Colorado on Thursday, and today, he is expected to announce a new national wildlife refuge to be designated on the east side of the San Luis Valley.
Denver Post; Sept. 14

Licenses for Wyoming wolf hunt go on sale
Wyoming's first-ever regulated wolf hunt begins Oct. 1, and the state Game and Fish Department has begun selling tags, which cost $18 for residents and $180 for out-of-state hunters.
Jackson Hole Daily; Sept. 14

Superfund listing proposed for plume of PCE in Utah
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, along with the Utah Department of Environmental Quality, Salt Lake Valley Health Department and Salt Lake City, formally proposed adding a Salt Lake City neighborhood where a plume of tetrachloroethylene, a dry-cleaning and degreasing chemical known as PCE, has contaminated groundwater, to the National Priorities List of Superfund sites.
Salt Lake Tribune; Sept. 13

Company's plan to tap Colorado aquifer could challenge county's policy
At a time when many Front Range communities in Colorado are working to wean themselves off aquifer water, which is rapidly depleting, Philip Anschutz's company, Sun Resources, is drilling deep wells to tap water sources it owns in the Denver Basin.
Denver Post; Sept. 14

Construction of Idaho's largest solar-power installation to begin soon
The Grandview Solar PV I is Idaho's first large solar-power project, and now that the panels for the installation southeast of Boise have been delivered, construction could begin within the next few weeks.
Idaho Statesman (AP); Sept. 14

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