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Beetle study looks at Rocky Mountain National Park water

The Associated Press
Aspen, CO Colorado

ROCKY MOUNTAIN NATIONAL PARK, Colo. – Researchers and volunteers are fanning out across Rocky Mountain National Park to sample water as part of a project coordinated by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

The project, called “WaterBlitz,” will assess the water quality of streams and explore whether the pine beetle epidemic that’s killing trees is affecting the water. Researchers think the beetle-killed trees are changing nutrient levels in the waterways.

Study leader Jimmy McCutchan says the park is the source of water for drinking and irrigation in much of Colorado.

Researchers and volunteers, mostly from the National Park Service, planned to hike to 200 sites in the park Wednesday

This is the second year of the project by CU and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.