Southwest (AZ NM OK TX)

"Big Oil Wants To Dump More Wastewater Into Rivers. What Could Go Wrong?"

"For more than six months, twin brothers Ronald and Donald Schweitzer have watched large amounts of salty wastewater bubble up from the ground in their wheat field. The “saltwater purge” has killed three trees and several acres of crops on their northwest Oklahoma farm."

Source: Grist, 01/23/2020

The Journalism Student Who Went Down a Rabbit Hole and Came Up a Mine Shaft

A young journalist looking for a quick report found himself instead on a five-month odyssey to cover the hidden dangers of abandoned mining sites in the Southwest — then picked up a Society of Environmental Journalists’ student award in the aftermath. How this student’s persistence paid off, in the latest EJ Academy. 

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ASU’s Cronkite News Service Cleans Up in SEJ Student Awards

One journalism school seems to have hit on a formula for success in generating award-winning student reporting on the environment. EJ Academy editor Bob Wyss on why Arizona State’s Cronkite News Service cleaned up in this year’s Society of Environmental Journalists’ student awards category.

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February 3, 2020

DEADLINE: ICN’s Mountain West Environmental Reporting Workshop

Are you a journalist in the U.S. Mountain West who wants to produce more in-depth clean energy, environmental and climate stories for your news outlet? InsideClimate News' next regional workshop will be held March 23-24, 2020, in Salt Lake City, Utah. The deadline to apply is Feb. 3.

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January 31, 2020

DEADLINE: Mountain West Travel Grants

The Solutions Journalism Network offers travel grants of up to $750 to journalists and news organizations based in the Mountain West (Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico) to report on solutions outside their own community. Next deadline: Jan 31, 2020.

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January 24, 2020

DEADLINE: IJNR's Gulf Coast Institute

The Institute for Journalism & Natural Resources invites journalists on an expenses-paid learning expedition to Louisiana and Texas, March 15-21, 2020, to explore a host of issues impacting ecological, economic and cultural systems in the Gulf. Apply by Jan 24.

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Judge Finds Army Corps Liable for Harvey Damage From Two Dams

"A federal judge on Tuesday ruled the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers was liable for damage caused by its decision to retain floodwaters upstream of the Addicks and Barker reservoirs during Hurricane Harvey, a move that caused severe and widespread flooding to homes and businesses on the far-west outreaches of the Houston region."

Source: Houston Chronicle, 12/18/2019

EPA Watchdog Finds Air Pollution Monitoring Fell Short During Harvey

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Inspector General found that state and federal environmental regulators didn't start monitoring air quality soon enough during the monster storm, which brought a spike in hazardous emissions from industrial facilities."

Source: Texas Tribune, 12/17/2019

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