Archive - 2009

December 28th

December 23, 2009--Feds release new plan to revive Calif. delta (Denver Post)

Senior Obama administration officials released a new action plan Tuesday aimed at bolstering the federal government's role in solving California's water crisis and restoring the vast freshwater estuary that provides drinking water to millions of households.

December 23, 2009--Feds mull regulating drugs in water (Denver Post)

Federal regulators under President Barack Obama have sharply shifted course on long-standing policy toward pharmaceutical residues in the nation's drinking water, taking a critical first step toward regulating some of the contaminants while acknowledging they could threaten human health. A burst of significant announcements in recent weeks reflects an expanded


December 22nd

December 22, 2009--Water debate continues (Cortez Journal)

Settlement talks between Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co. and the Dolores Water Conservancy District have reached the end of the year without resolution after a series of postponed meetings and anti-climactic hearings. MVIC filed suit against the conservancy district and the U.S.


December 22, 2009--Nunn pleads with EPA about uranium mine proposal (Greeley Tribune)

More than 100 people gathered Monday night in Nunn to plead with representatives from the Environmental Protection Agency to put a stop to a permitting process that marks the initial stages of a proposed uranium mine near the town.


December 21, 2009--Plumbing the Rockies: Some of the dreams from a century ago realized (Pueblo Chieftain)

This is an extensive, well-written, aricle related to a century of Colorado water projects--in particular, transmountain diversions. It is too extensive to summarize here, however. To view the full article, visit the Pueblo Chieftain.

December 21, 2009--Michigan asks U.S. Supreme Court to bar carp from Great Lakes (Environmental News Service)

The State of Michigan filed a petition to the U.S. Supreme Court today to close canals near Chicago to prevent invasive Asian carp from gaining access to the Great Lakes through Lake Michigan. Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox asked the U.S.

December 21, 2009--As water use falls in Front Range, it explodes elsewhere in Colorado (Denver Post)

Colorado Front Range residents are using less water, but some parts of the Western Slope have seen per capita water use explode in the past decade, according to a new state study. The number of gallons per person used daily in Denver and other South Platte River basin cities decreased 13.6 percent between 2000 and 2008, to 178 gallons from 206 gallons.


December 21st

December 20, 2009--Preventing water buyers from creating ghost towns (Denver Post)

When fire tore through the eastern plains town of Ordway in the spring of 2008, destroying two dozen buildings and resulting in the deaths of two firefighters, some blamed the dry conditions that turned fields into tinder boxes or the farmer whose controlled burn sparked the inferno.


December 18, 2009--Group: Dry times ahead without major H20 project (Greeley Tribune)

Transferring agricultural water to meet future water demands in the South Platte River Basin is not the answer. That was the consensus Thursday when the South Platte Roundtable of the Colorado Water Conservation Board unveiled the findings of its study, Water for the 21st Century.


December 18, 2009--Irrigators learn more about state rules (Pueblo Chieftain)

New questions about state rules governing surface irrigation improvements in the Arkansas Valley arose during a meeting Thursday with state water officials.