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The Community Office for Resource Efficiency (CORE) and one of its board-member partners, the town of Carbondale, have partnered to help Carbondale residents save water during the 2012 drought.Free water conservation kits containing low-flow showerheads, faucet aerators and an informative brochure are now available at CORE’s office in the Third Street Center at 520 S. Third St. Suite 2; at Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.; and at the Gordon Cooper Branch Library, 76 S. Fourth St. Kits are available in both English and Spanish.The brochures provide information on the three types of water restrictions the town may impose during periods of drought, as well as helpful indoor and outdoor water conservation tips and Do-It-Yourself tutorials for drip irrigation and mulching.

The River Center is once again collecting school supplies and monetary donations to help students in New Castle and Silt who are not able to buy all of their supplies.School counselors provided a list of items that students most often are not able to buy. This supply list can be found at: http://www.rivercenternewcastle.orgDonated supplies will be given to the schools and distributed on an as-needed basis throughout the year. Checks payable to the River Center with “school supplies” in the memo will be used to purchase additional supplies. Please mail checks to: River Center, P.O. Box 272, New Castle, CO 81647.Supplies and donations can be left in the green boxes located inside the following locations:In New Castle: library; Alpine Bank; City Market; New Castle Diner; Elk Creek Mining Company; and at the River Center, 126 N. Fourth St., from 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday.In Silt: library; Municipal Building; Kum & Go; Canyon Cleaners. Because supplies will be available through the schools on the first day of class, no supplies will be distributed to students at the River Center this year.

When considering the summer so far, two words come to mind: hot and dry. The combination of low snowpack, high temperatures and minimal precipitation are already having a significant impact on local ecosystems. Many people will notice that the wildflowers are smaller, the hiking trails dustier and the rivers are lower. While these may be mild inconveniences to one’s summer plans, the impact of these conditions on wildlife can be significant. Fish and other aquatic life have no escape from rising water temperatures as stream flows drop. While the local news broadcasts air temperatures for people, there is no one monitoring daily water temperatures for the fish … until now. Roaring Fork Conservancy has initiated the “Hot Spots for Trout,” a citizen temperature monitoring project. Sign up to adopt a river site to regularly monitor temperature at http://www.roaringfork.org/sitepages/pid401.php.To learn more about Hot Spots for trout, go to http://www.roaringfork.org/hotspotsfortrout or call Heather Tattersall at 927-1290 or heather@roaringfork.org.


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