Archive - 2012

December 26th

December 20, 2012--New EPA policy needs more teeth, Good Samaritans say (Telluride Watch)

A new policy issued by the Environmental Protection Agency last week aims to give Good Samaritans additional protections so they can help clean up the thousands of

December 20, 2012--US Forest Service report forecasts natural resource management trends, challenges for next 50 years (Crested Butte News)

A comprehensive U.S. Forest Service report released this week examines the ways expanding populations, increased urbanization, and changing land-use patterns could profoundly impact natural resources, including water supplies, nationwide during the next 50 years.

December 20th

December 19, 2012--Norwood accepts water settlement with Telluride (Telluride News)

The Town of Norwood along with the Lone Cone Ditch and Reservoir Company reached a settlement with the Town of Telluride over Telluride’s opposition to applications for water rights on the San Miguel river.

December 19, 2012--Ski industry wins water rights lawsuit against Forest Service (Summit Voice)

A long-running dispute over water rights at ski areas operating on public land was resolved — at least temporarily — this week, as Federal District Court Judge William Martinez ruled that the U.S. Forest Service violated its own regulations and other federal laws when it adopted a new water rights clause to be added to ski area permits.

December 19, 2012--Gardner announces plans for new water storage legislation (Journal Advocate)

In light of a newly released study that projects a devastating water shortfall in the Colorado River by 2060, Congressman Cory Gardner (R-CO) is renewing his call for increased water storage and announcing related legislation that he plans to introduce next year.

December 19, 2012--Looking back at Water 2012 (Alamosa Courier)

It has been almost a year since Governor John Hickenlooper declared 2012 the Year of Water.  The past year was a time for all Coloradans to reflect, learn, and plan for their “water” future. What started out as a small water awareness campaign by the Foundation for Water Education grew into a statewide water celebration.

December 18, 2012--Bleak water levels for Dolores River, McPhee (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores River looks a bit low this year, along with McPhee Reservoir, but things have been worse. The Dolores River is flowing at around 20 cubic feet per second. But it has been lower, said Mike Preston, manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District. Preston estimated that it's at the third lowest level ever.

December 17th

December 17, 2012--Natural resources and the fiscal cliff (High Country News)

As even people living in a cave know by now, if Congress doesn’t strike a deal soon, some combination of automatic tax hikes and draconian budget cuts will kick in. As early as January 2, the first round of sequestration cuts will be triggered. I’ve heard little discussion of how this swan dive off the so-called fiscal cliff will affect our natural resources.

December 16, 2012--Students study science of saving water at schools (Pueblo Chieftain)

High school students at three Southern Colorado high schools are partnering with Colorado State University Extension to discover the ways water issues affect their campuses. They are joining forces with facilities managers to develop water conservation strategies through a new program called the WRECking Crew funded by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

December 15, 2012--CSU hopes to better understand impact of drought (Northern Colorado Business Report)

CSU agricultural economists are surveying farmers and ranchers to better understand the effects of this year's drought on Colorado agriculture and to design effective management tools for dry times ahead. CSU said Friday that its survey project is funded with $35,000 from the Colorado Water Conservation Board and the Colorado Department of Agriculture.