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Reid on his environmental legacy, compromise and a Biden climate agenda

November 25th, 2020 - 2:00am
Earlier this month, Sen. Harry Reid spoke to The Nevada Independent about his legacy on environmental issues, from settling disputes on the Truckee and Walker rivers to closing the Reid Gardner Generating Station and cleaning up the Anaconda Copper Mine. Reid also talked about the role of Congress in crafting legislation and climate action in a Biden administration.

Indy Environment: Las Vegas is updating its urban plans. Why that matters for addressing climate change.

November 19th, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at what's at stake with Clark County's effort to rewrite its Master Plan and Development Code. The detailed planning efforts offer a significant opening to address climate change and to correct past planning injustices.

Indy Environment: Cities need to secure long-term water supplies. A Northern Nevada water treatment program might offer one solution.

November 12th, 2020 - 2:00am
This week's Indy Environment newsletter looks at the OneWater Nevada Initiative, an effort in Northern Nevada to safely treat wastewater, store it and reuse it in the future.

Report: Nevada is not on track to meet its 2050 climate target, but there are policy pathways to get there

November 9th, 2020 - 2:00am
A new report from environmental groups concludes that Nevada will not meet its 2050 greenhouse gas reduction goals with existing policies, and it urges the state to adopt an ambitious approach, including a transition to roughly 80 percent renewable energy by 2030.

Indy Environment: Nevada voters put renewable standards in the state constitution. What does it mean for addressing climate change?

November 5th, 2020 - 2:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at the results for Question 6, a measure amending the Nevada Constitution to spell out renewable requirements for electric utilities.

In Diamond Valley, farmers are looking to protect their future — and testing the limits of Nevada’s water laws

October 28th, 2020 - 2:00am
Across the state, regulators have issued more rights to water than there is water to go around. Water users are closely watching a test case in Diamond Valley to understand the limits of the law and the potential paths forward.

Company seeks to privatize public land at state-led Anaconda mine cleanup, prompting concerns about oversight, transparency

The Anaconda Copper Mine
October 26th, 2020 - 2:00am
An effort to privatize public land at the former Anaconda Copper Mine in Yerington would leave the federal government with little oversight over a massive cleanup led by state regulators who have faced criticism for relying on company data to assess an aquifer with high uranium levels.

Indy Environment: In the 2020 election, climate change, clean energy remain on the ballot

October 22nd, 2020 - 8:00am
The election is two weeks away. Thousands of Nevadans have already cast their votes by mail or in person, and environmental issues are on the ballot — they always are. And they are on the ballot at every level of government. With 12 days to go until Election Day, this week’s Indy Environment newsletter highlights what’s at stake.

Heavy smoke from wildfires, expected to worsen as the climate changes, adds to public health concerns about air quality

October 19th, 2020 - 2:00am
For parents, the heavy smoke from wildfires deepens existing concerns around the health effects of poor air quality, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Not only is the heavy smoke a public health concern for sensitive groups, it can also ripple out through the economy, threatening the safety of outdoor workers.

Indy Environment: With Navy pushing to expand onto public land, Cortez Masto introduces an alternative — and reactions are mixed

October 15th, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment newsletter looks at legislation introduced by Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto as an alternative to the Navy's proposed expansion of the Fallon Range Training Complex.

More details emerge from NV Energy’s rare electricity conservation request from August

October 13th, 2020 - 2:00am
More than two months later, NV Energy is releasing more information about the decision-making process that led to the request for power conservation, as well as data that may help state utility regulators determine whether the conservation request was a one-time unusual request or a sign that the utility needs to do more to ensure resource adequacy as climate change and other factors drive more strain on the system.

Indy Environment: Natural gas contributes to Nevada's emissions, and a fight over what to do about it is looming

October 8th, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at a greenhouse gas emissions source that is starting to come under increased scrutiny amid discussions about climate change: natural gas use in homes and businesses.

In correcting misappropriation of water, state must balance legal rights with existing use

October 4th, 2020 - 2:00am
The situation playing out along the Muddy River is not unique across the Southwest and in the Colorado River Basin. As climate change and overuse reduce water supplies, the gap between “paper water” (the legal right to use water) and “actual water” (what’s available) is widening.

Indy Environment: Cave samples could offer a glimpse into a 'worst case' scenario for climate change. A UNLV researcher says it should be a call to action.

October 1st, 2020 - 8:00am
This week's Indy Environment newsletter looks at a paper that recreates a 13,000-year climate history for the Great Basin and presents a potential worst-case scenario for what climate change could look like.

PHOTOS: To help with wildfire mitigation, state looks to new tactic: 300 goats

September 30th, 2020 - 12:35pm
On Tuesday, the herd of one-to-three year old Spanish goats from High Desert Graziers in rural Smith Valley began their “firefighting” work of chewing up sagebrush, bitterbrush, manzanita and cheatgrass on a 100 acre plot of private property off of Highway 50. The area, in the mountains and hills between Carson City and Lake Tahoe, is considered to be at extreme risk of wildfire.

Indy Environment: The Nevada Supreme Court ruled against reshuffling water rights to fix environmental issues. Walker Lake advocates still see a path forward.

September 24th, 2020 - 2:00am
This week's Indy Environment looks at what's next in the lawsuit seeking to bring more water to Walker Lake after the Nevada Supreme Court ruled on the public trust doctrine.

Federal agency review questions whether ‘good science’ backs state-approved report that cut company’s responsibility in Anaconda mine cleanup

Monitoring wells test for contaminants near the former Anaconda Copper Mine.
September 23rd, 2020 - 2:00am
Experts hired by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) expressed concerns in July that a state-approved report downplayed the groundwater pollution caused by the former Anaconda Copper Mine near Yerington, according to comments obtained by The Nevada Independent.

Nevada Supreme Court says state cannot change water rights for 'public trust,' a loss for environmentalists, county seeking to bring more water to Walker Lake

A photo of the Walker River
September 18th, 2020 - 2:00am
The Nevada Supreme Court ruled Thursday that the state cannot reshuffle existing water rights to prevent environmental damage, despite recognizing a legal principle that requires the government to preserve natural resources for future generations.

Indy Environment: What happens when rare plants, at the center of a state regulatory process, are destroyed?

September 17th, 2020 - 9:00am
This week's Indy Environment newsletter looks at the investigation into the destruction of more than 17,000 Tiehm's buckwheat plants, a rare species that is being considered for state and federal protection.

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