Heavenly Mountain Resort was the first Lake Tahoe resort to propose activities under a federal bill that allows the Forest Service to review and accept non-ski-related activities. by Nick Exline, AICP, Zephyr Cove, Nevada
More frequent and intense climate events result in increased demand on our emergency response systems, greater financial impacts, and greater public health impacts. The challenge is to effectively communicate the ever-increasing demands these events place on our communities and get individuals, communities, and government to prepare. by Katherine Mortimer, Santa Fe, New Mexico
Climate adaptation planning provides a solution to the historic lack of integration of environmental (natural resource) stewardship, land use planning, water resource planning and economic development. by Gretel Follingstad
Several state and local officials traveled to King Cove to participate in the city’s dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony of Waterfall Creek, the community’s second hydroelectric facility. Since Waterfall Creek began operating in May 2017, it has produced more than 1.3 MW (megawatts) of energy and has performed remarkably well.
Renewable energy is the future. In King Cove, local leaders decided the future is now and invested in renewable energy projects. The debt the city has taken on is a heavy yoke to bear, even with its electric utility fund being financially sound. Yet, the dream has been realized. Today the small city (pop. 900) boasts being one of the few communities that enjoys 75 percent of its electricity from a renewable source. Its projects have been recognized by the International Energy Agency’s Hydropower Group and that were included in their Good Practices report. by Gary Hennigh, King Cove, Alaska
Laramie residents approved the city’s purchase of the Monolith Ranch for the water rights in 1981. In addition to being a major water source for the city, the ranch continues to run cattle, provides hunting opportunities and a place for the University of Wyoming to conduct research. by Darren Parkin