Archive - 2007

December 26th

December 24, 2007--Catch and release: Storage questions remain unresolved (Pueblo Chieftain)

The concept is simple: Make Lake Pueblo bigger to keep more water in wet times to help make it through dry spells. The devil is in the details. Few water plans are as complicated as the Preferred Storage Options Plan, which grew out of a study 10 years ago of potential storage sites in the Arkansas Valley by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.


December 23, 2007--Southern Ute Indian Tribe's influence behind moratorium (Durango Herald)

Bayfield had violated its sewage discharge permit limits before. But the sewage hit the lagoon, so to speak, when the Southern Ute Indian Tribe stepped in. Complaining that Bayfield's sewage was polluting the Pine River and threatening its drinking water, the tribe asked the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment in a letter dated Feb.


December 23, 2007--Faraway water pipelines hold future (Duragno Herald)

The Yampa River west of Craig is one of the last rivers in Colorado with no major dams or diversions. But now, a water district from the northern Front Range wants to throw a leash on the river. It has proposed a 250-mile pipeline to claim some of the Yampa's flow for the Front Range.


December 23, 2007--Reservoir plan fuels debate (Longmont Times-Call)

Union Reservoir is surrounded by open fields — and by contentious debate about a future expansion of the reservoir, planned development on its shores, and how both could affect wildlife and natural habitat in the area.The storage capacity of Union Reservoir could double when the city expands it in 15 to 20 years and adds another 1


December 23, 2007--Clear as mud (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Arkansas Valley’s two largest cities are connected by Fountain Creek. That’s been a constant, even though Colorado Springs overtook Pueblo in population in the 1960s.


December 23, 2007--Sewer crisis surprised Bayfield (Durango Herald)

When Bayfield imposed a sewer-tap moratorium to ease pressure on the town's overworked sanitation system, it sent ripples through the local economy.  A state regulatory agency, prompted by the politically influential Southern Ute Indian Tribe, which lies downstream on the Pine River, issued a moratorium on building permits in Bayfield in April 2006.


December 22, 2007--Colorado River deal a high water mark (Rocky Mountain News)

The agreement reached by Colorado and the six other states in the Colorado River basin Dec. 13 marks a huge step forward - the largest advance in water policy in more than 80 years. It will give the entire region more flexibility to cope with rising population, dwindling water supplies and the vagaries of the weather.


December 22, 2007--Meteorologist says drought still possible despite latest storms (Denver Post)

Despite a series of snow storms that rescued ski areas in Colorado just before the holidays and built up the below-average snowpack, experimental forecaster Klaus Wolter says there still is a possibility of drought next year. Wolter, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said cold and unsettled weather will continue into January and that ski


December 21, 2007--Thirsting for water (Telluride Watch)

The American Southwest, a region defined by the Colorado River and its tributaries – including the San Miguel and other rivers originating in the San Juan Mountains – experts say new evidence reveals a clearer picture of extended and sometimes severe droughts in the past 1,100 years that very well may reappear – this time with an overlay of hotter temperatures caused by increa


December 21st

December 20, 2007--District signs reservoir land contract (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) have jointly entered into an agreement to purchase 666 acres of land for the proposed Dry Gulch Reservoir outside of Pagosa Springs.