Frustrated conservationists release plan for wolves in Colorado
In November 2020, Colorado voters approved a measure to reintroduce gray wolves to the state, 76 years after the last wolf was killed there. Now Colorado Parks and Wildlife is developing a plan to reintroduce wolves. But conservation groups say the process to date hasn’t included enough public input and has instead been dominated by the very groups responsible for the eradication of wolves in the first place — hunters and ranchers.
As weather warms, algae blooms on waterways nationwide
With views of the Rocky Mountains, the occasional squadron of American white pelicans passing through, and a boardwalk for strolling, northern Colorado’s Windsor Lake is a popular destination for paddle boarding, kayaking, and swimming. But the lake is off-limits this week after city officials sampled the water and found concerning levels of blue-green algae, which can contain toxins harmful to humans, pets, and wildlife.
Crop insurance industry to House committee: ‘Stay the course’
Representatives of several lobbying groups testified Wednesday at a House hearing on crop insurance ahead of the 2023 farm bill, describing the program as one of the best tools available to protect farmers from crop losses, regardless of farm size.
TODAY’S QUICK HITS
Europe’s food shipments: Germany’s Rhine River — a major transport route for food shipments — is inches away from becoming too shallow for barge traffic. (Bloomberg)
Colorado River plan: Water managers in Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico say they’ve come up with a plan to stabilize the struggling Colorado River, but that it will work only if California, Arizona, and Nevada also take “significant actions.” (Colorado Sun)
Child nutrition reauthorization: The Healthy Meals, Healthy Kids Act, introduced in the House today, would expand access to free school meals, boost reimbursement rates, and include grants for more plant-based meals and food-waste reduction. (House Committee on Labor and Education)
SNAP recipients food insecure: All measures of food insecurity among SNAP recipients have risen, according to a survey, with 58 percent saying they spend more than $100 per month on food on top of their benefits. (Propel)