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July 27th, 2015

July 27, 2015--Feds face another clean water lawsuit (Summit Voice)

There will be yet more legal wrangling over a new federal clean water rule, as conservation groups said last week they will sue to plug some loopholes that could open the door for more pollution in wetlands and streams. At issue is the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule finalized by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.


July 27, 2015--Water-efficiency upgrades urged for Southwest (Arizona Central)

Arizona and the Southwest are dumping too much water down the drain, but the waste could be reduced by efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves, a conservation group contends. Governments and utilities already save energy nationwide through the use of performance contracts — deals that pay contractors only for proven cost savings.


July 26, 2015--Water bosses: Colorado will have enough water if managed right (Colorado Public Radio)

Even in the face of climate change and a growing population, Colorado can have enough water in the future. That's according to three water managers from around the state.


July 25, 2015--Managing the future of Hermosa Creek (Durango Herald)

Campsites, roads, wildlife habitat and all the other aspects of the Hermosa Creek area are getting special scrutiny this year as part of an extended planning project. Congress designated the Hermosa Creek Wilderness and Special Management Area in December. Now, as part of the law that created the management area, the San Juan National Forest must decide what rules and projects


July 24, 2015--Colorado's water plan: An end to mega projects? (High Country News)

Underneath the surface of Colorado’s new water plan is an unspoken acknowledgment: the days of moving large amounts of water up and over the Rockies are probably done. On July 7, the second draft of the statewide plan was released, the latest step in a decade-long process that will direct how Colorado’s water should be managed for years to come.


July 23, 2015--Comments sought on State Water Plan (Pine River Times)

Locals who use water in one form or another are being urged to learn about and comment on the Colorado Water Plan that's intended to address statewide water supply gaps in coming years, with state population projected to double by 2050. The comment deadline is Sept.


July 23, 2015--Colorado Water Conservation Board finalizes Dry Gulch loan (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) officially approved an agreement with the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) to restructure the financing of the Dry Gulch water storage project last week. In 2002, after a severe drought and massive wildfires, the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) began working with the SJWCD to develop a water storage facility at Dry G


July 22, 2015--California’s big groundwater problem (New York Times)

California struggles to measure how much water its heaviest users draw from its rivers and streams.


July 22, 2015--El Niño ends La Plata's dry run (Mancos Times)

Above-average spring and summer rains have helped break a 3½-year drought in La Plata County. Higher-than-average precipitation in the region could continue into the winter if El Niño patterns persist, said Jim Pringle, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Grand Junction. "It looks highly likely La Plata County should stay out of any drought cla


July 21st

July 21, 2015--Colorado’s water plan faces choppy waters (Durango Herald)

An ambitious plan to address the future of water in Colorado would need to navigate the rough currents of state funding to become reality. But some wonder if rural Colorado is over-accommodating metro areas with the plan.