Archive - 2012

December 17th

December 14, 2012--Council approves settlement with Idarado (Telluride Daily Planet)

The Telluride Town Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to enter into a comprehensive settlement agreement with Idarado Mining over long-standing water issues in Bridal Veil Basin.

December 14, 2012--The man who sows snow (Durango Herald)

When Mother Nature brought snow to the San Juan Mountains late Thursday, Larry Hjermstad fired up clouding-seeding generators to increase the bounty. Hjermstad, calculating wind direction, started generators near Lemon Dam and Bayfield to benefit Purgatory at Durango Mountain Resort.

December 14, 2012--Environmentalists float alternative to water-storage (Northern Colorado Business Report)

An environmental group proposed Thursday an alternative to a huge Northern Colorado water-storage project, calling for water conservation, recycling and sharing water with irrigators instead of building new reservoirs.

December 14, 2012--Will the West ever solve its water woes? (Washington Post)

Congress isn’t planning to take action on climate change any time soon. But if the planet keeps warming, a number of states won’t be able to ignore the problem quite so easily. One good place to see this is in the Colorado River basin.

December 14, 2012--The future of our forests (High Country News)

Here at HCN, we’ve been keeping an eye on recent research about the climate change-induced decline of Southwestern forests.

December 14, 2012--Water pipeline between Kansas and Colorado unlikely (Denver Business Journal)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has looked into the idea of a pipeline carrying water from the Missouri River to Denver and doesn't think that's likely to become a reality, The Kansas City Star reports.

December 13th

December 13, 2012--New flexibility may aid mine cleanup (Durango Herald)

Another bureaucratic hurdle in the cleanup of the Animas River was broken down Wednesday, with a new interpretation of environmental policy from the Environmental Protection Agency. In a call with news media, U.S. Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., announced that the EPA would loosen restrictions on “good Samaritans” looking to clean up abandoned hard-rock mines throughout the West.

December 12, 2012--Water viewed in an international perspective (Alamosa Courier)

News cycles abound with gripping examples of “water wars” that threaten relationships between countries in Africa, Central Asia, and the Middle East.

December 12, 2012--Will climate change cause water conflict? (Science Daily)

International researchers from 14 institutions met in Nicosia (Cyprus) on the 10th and 11th of December to present and debate the results of studies on water, conflict and security conducted in the past three years in a variety of locations in the Mediterranean, Middle East and Sahel under the CLICO research project.

December 12. 2012--Colorado River study warns of looming water shortages (Denver Buiness Journal)

The Colorado River won’t have enough water to support all the people who rely on it throughout the southwest, from metro Denver to California, according to the results of a three-year federal study of the river, released Wednesday. The report by the Bureau of Reclamation, a unit of the U.S.