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May 25th

May 24, 2009--County suing over jail-site pollution (Durango Herald)

A dispute about polluted groundwater under the La Plata County jail has cost the county government half a million dollars, and while the case is playing out in federal court, a trial isn't scheduled for more than a year. County officials discovered harmful, chlorine-based chemicals earlier this decade.


May 24, 2009--N.M. tribe works to restore spring (Durango Herald)

After years of drought and livestock grazing, a spring sacred to an Native American tribe in north-central New Mexico has dried up, and now the concern is that erosion, climate change and the region's growing demand for water will keep the spring from recovering.


May 24, 2009--Judge: Consider water needs of farmers and fish (Denver Post)

A federal judge ruled that the federal water authorities had to consider the needs of farmers and communities as well as fish when allocating delta water. The decision Friday delighted growers in the western San Joaquin Valley.


May 23, 2009--Southwest's earliest known irrigation system unearthed in Arizona (L.A. Times)

Archaeologists preparing for the expansion of a Tucson wastewater treatment facility have discovered the remains of the earliest known irrigation system in the Southwest, a farming community that dates to at least 1200 BC. That predates the well-known and much more sophisticated Hohokam tribe's canal system, which crisscrossed what is now Phoenix, by 1,200 years.


May 23, 2009--Southwest's earliest known irrigation system unearthed in Arizona (L.A. Times)

Archaeologists preparing for the expansion of a Tucson wastewater treatment facility have discovered the remains of the earliest known irrigation system in the Southwest, a farming community that dates to at least 1200 BC. That predates the well-known and much more sophisticated Hohokam tribe's canal system, which crisscrossed what is now Phoenix, by 1,200 years.


May 22, 2009--State water board OKs wetlands grant (Pueblo Chieftain)

A project that would look at water needs for wetlands at John Martin Reservoir in Bent County and Neenoshe Reservoir in Kiowa County was approved Wednesday by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The $148,975 grant to the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District was approved after the Arkansas Basin Roundtable gave it the nod in March.


May 22, 2009--Water deal sparks visits from Congress (Pueblo Chieftain)

Three members of Congress will come to the Arkansas Valley next week to listen to opinions of residents on water issues. The meetings were sparked by an agreement between Aurora and Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District as a potential settlement in a federal court case.


May 22, 2009--Well to tap Canon's artesian water (Pueblo Chieftain)

An 80-year-old well that is showing signs of failing will be replaced by early 2010 thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds received by the U.S. Bureau of Land Management. The artesian well is located on BLM land near Canon City and supplies water for the Park Center Water District.


May 22, 2009--Sweetners linger in groundwater (Environmental News Network)

After tickling the tongue, artificial sweeteners pass through our bodies and end up in wastewater virtually unchanged. Some sweeteners are particularly widespread in the environment, according to a new study, making them ideal markers for following pollution from treatment plants and other sources into the environment.