Archive - 2011

December 6th

December 5, 2011--Betting on a water boom (Wall Street Journal)

Water makes up more than half of the average human body, covers roughly three-quarters of the Earth's surface and is the single most important ingredient in feeding a growing world. But investors who want to use exchange-traded funds to bet on the rising need for water will find the situation can quickly get murky. And at least this year, gains have not been flowing.

December 5, 2011--Northern NM reservoirs may hold invasive mussels (Denver Post)

Preliminary tests show invasive mussels may have arrived in El Vado and Navajo reservoirs in northern New Mexico. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation​ spokeswoman Mary Perea Carlson tells the Albuquerque Journal that lab samples collected in October show signs of either quagga or zebra mussels.

December 3rd

December 4, 2011--North Mexico wilts under extreme drought (Pueblo Chieftain)

The sun-baked northern states of Mexico are suffering under the worst drought since the government began recording rainfall 70 years ago. Crops of corn, beans and oats are withering in the fields. About 1.7 million cattle have died of starvation and thirst.

December 3, 2011--Farms, cities as water partners? (Pueblo Chieftain)

Cities and farms may join as business partners to stretch water resources, one of the state’s top water leaders suggested this week. “We were asked to come up with wild ideas. So, what if Aurora and Sakata farms worked together as a business unit,” said Mark Pifher, director of Aurora Water, the state’s third-largest municipal water provider.

December 3, 2011--State to weigh risks of developing water (Pueblo Chieftain)

State agencies are working to weigh the risks of developing more water in the Colorado River basin to avoid stressing current supplies or foregoing water Colorado is entitled to develop. “At times, there will be water available for storage, but the question is when and how,” said Mark Pifher, director of Aurora Water.

December 3, 2011--Texas towns at risk of drying up find quick solutions to bring in water, but no long-term fix (Washington Post)

In a tranquil state park in Central Texas, workers are busily piecing together massive yellow pipes that spell salvation for this city. The pipes run along a park road, slither between trees, cross a street to avoid an ancient cemetery, hug a state-owned easement and then land at a treatment plant. Without it, what everyone fears most would come true: The water will stop running.

December 2, 2011--Hydropower may come to Ridgway (Telluride Daily Planet)

Federal regulators are looking at Ridgway Dam as the potential site for a 7-megawatt hydroelectric power plant project. In September, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, which owns the dam, submitted a draft environmental assessment examining a lease agreement with the Tri-County Water Conservancy District, the agency that would build the plant and sell electricity to the grid.

December 2, 2011--Farmers alliance promotes ag water needs (Pueblo Chieftain)

Growing food should be Colorado’s No. 1 issue with water, because feeding people will be more important as giving them a place to take a shower. The state should take steps now to ensure farmers don’t run out of water, speakers at a conference said Thursday.

December 2, 2011--Salazar: Plan growth around water supplies (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state should be planning growth around water supplies rather than trying to move water to growth, Colorado Secretary of Agriculture John Salazar said Thursday. “Water should not be a limiting factor of growth,” Salazar told the Colorado Ag Water Summit Thursday. “If we build up instead of out, and invest in technology, water can be used and reused to infinity.