Archive - Mar 2010

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Dolores/San Juan River Basin

Although major reservoir storage in the Dolores/San Juan River basin is more than 600,000 acre-feet, the basin is projected to face an 18,800 acre-foot shortfall by 2030. Water providers and decision-makers continue to work on methods to address this shortfall.


15th Annual Children’s Water Festival May 5th—Presenters and Volunteers Needed!

The 15th Annual Children's Water Festival will be conducted at Fort Lewis College on May 5th. This year we have approximately 250 more fifth-grade kids--bringing the total to nearly 800! Therefore, we need as many volunteers and presenters as possible. If you are interested and/or can help, contact the Water Information Program at (970) 247-1302.


Interior Department Launches WaterSMART Initiative

In February, Secretary of the Interior, Ken Salazar, signed a Secretarial Order establishing a new water sustainability strategy for the United States called WaterSMART (SMART stands for ‘Sustain and Manage America's Resources for Tomorrow’).


Manure Pollution

Animal manure, a byproduct as old as agriculture, has become an unlikely modern pollution problem, scientists and environmentalists say. The country simply has more dung than it can handle: Crowded together at a new breed of megafarms, livestock produce three times as much waste as people, more than can be recycled as fertilizer for nearby fields.


Stewart Udall, former Interior secretary, environmental leader and political patriarch, dies at 90

Former U.S. Interior Secretary Stewart Udall--uncle of U.S. Sen. Mark Udall of Colorado, father of another senator and patriarch of one of the West's leading political families—passed away March 20th at his Santa Fe home. He was 90.


Art Isgar, Passes at 94

Art Isgar, the father of former two-term state senator Jim Isgar, passed away March 23rd. He was 94. Isgar, with little money or formal education, was on his own by age 13. Eventually, however, he was able to buy 80 acres near Breen, about 16 miles west of Durango. At one point, Art said he was lucky to be alive. As a child, he suffered a ruptured appendix.


CU-Boulder Law School Studies Possible Reforms to Colorado River Management

Demands on the Colorado River by the seven states in its basin are not sustainable. A complex web of treaties, compacts, laws, and court decisions govern who can use the river's water and when. But over the last several decades, those rules have not kept the yearly demand for water from exceeding the average flow.


CU-Boulder Law School Studies Possible Reforms to Colorado River Management

Demands on the Colorado River by the seven states in its basin are not sustainable. A complex web of treaties, compacts, laws, and court decisions govern who can use the river's water and when. But over the last several decades, those rules have not kept the yearly demand for water from exceeding the average flow.


Kansas Spent $17 Million Meant for Water Lawsuit

Kansas lawmakers accidentally spent $17 million set aside to finance litigation aimed at forcing Colorado and Nebraska to abide by water compacts. The embarrassing miscue, committed in 2007, set off alarms with some senators insisting upon reform in the method of writing appropriations bills and others demanding better tracking of money earmarked for specific purposes.


Legislative Update by Senator Bruce Whitehead

It seems to happen to every legislator at least once in his or her time at the Capitol. A bill you are certain is noncontroversial becomes far more complicated and contentious than you expected.