In the Rockies today, water, wolves and wildfires are in the news.
The drought in the United States is having a detrimental effect on power generation as well, as hydroelectric plants have lower flows through their turbines, and nuclear power plants don't have the water they need to cool reactors.
In British Columbia, where drought is threatening to shut down some natural gas operations near Dawson Creek, Shell Canada has assured it will have water to continue to operate as the B.C. town's $14-million wastewater treatment plant the energy company paid for in exchange for water went online.
In Colorado, counties are pressing their federal lawmakers to pass a "Good Samaritan" law, which will allow states, local governments and other entities to clean up abandoned mines that continue to pollute watersheds without incurring liability under the Clean Water Act.
The decision to remove wolves in Wyoming from federal protection has been challenged as promised by environmental groups, with a filing today of a notice of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
And wildfires roared back into the headlines this weekend, with evacuations ordered in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, Washington state and British Columbia.