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April 30th

April 15, 2007--Less water, more people (Denver Post)

With increased population growth and continued drought-like conditions becoming a regional norm, how will the Rockies manage competing needs, particularly allocation of the region's already scarce water? That was the key question that the 2007 Colorado College State of the Rockies Project examined.


April 15, 2007--Water pinch fells the farm (Denver Post)

Like hundreds of other South Platte Basin farmers in Adams, Weld and Morgan counties farmers can use only 15 percent of water in shallow wells. Many are giving up farming. Others are grimly hanging on, but worry about watering their crops. Most are cutting back on production and switching from vegetables to more profitable crops.


April 14, 2007--Land office appeals water ruling (Farmington Daily Times)

New Mexico State Land Commissioner Patrick Lyons is appealing a judge's ruling that trust lands managed by the Land Office do not have water rights reserved to them. Lyons contends the trust lands came with water rights when they were granted to New Mexico by the federal government at statehood in 1912.


April 12, 2007--County, district discuss Dry Gulch differences (Pagosa Springs SUN)

While local water districts advocate the development of Dry Gulch Reservoir, Archuleta County officials are asking some tough questions. Without a doubt, Pagosa Springs and Archuleta County are growing appreciably. And, as new residential and commercial projects continually unfold, the demand for potable water increases accordingly.


April 7, 2007--Water project raises qualms (Durango Herald)

A proposal to transport water from the Green River basin of Utah and Wyoming for urban and rural users on the Front Range, including Colorado Springs and Pueblo, drew some skepticism at the Southwestern Water Conservation District's 25th annual water seminar..The reaction arose after Aaron Million described how his thesis at Colorado State University--a comparative economic study of the Colorado a


April 15, 2007--Aspinall memorial (AP)

No one did more to bring water to the developing West than the late 12-term Democrat congressman Wayne Aspinall, and now a memorial has been unveiled in his hometown. The granite memorial quotes Aspinall's famous remark: In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything.


April 14, 2007--City picks public works chief (Cortez Journal)

The city of Cortez has hired a public-works director to replace Bruce Smart, who's stepping down to supervise the city's water plant. Jack Nickerson, currently branch manager at URS Corp in Durango, will begin duties as Cortez's new public-works director April 30.


April 13, 2007--Pair renew bid for conservation agency (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

For the second time this year, two Colorado water experts have submitted a ballot measure aimed at creating a new state agency entrusted with overseeing state regulation of water, wildlife, parks and other natural resources.


April 2007--Oklahoma's underground water resources might be disappearing (U.S. Water News Online)

Water levels in Oklahoma's groundwater aquifers have dropped for decades and the situation has been made worse by recent drought, water experts say.The water resources board has begun holding public meetings seeking input as it drafts new water-allocation policies that could be in place by 2011.


April 2007--Colo. House approves plan to allow water district to charge fees (U.S. Water News Online)

The full House has given its approval to a plan that would allow a Rio Grande Water Conservation subdistrict to charge fees that opponents say would drive some farmers in the San Luis Valley out of business.The bill (Senate Bill 21) now goes back to the Senate to consider amendments added by the House.Lawmakers said without the fees, the state water engineer might have to shut off 5,000 wells b