Archive - 2012

November 26th

November 21, 2012--Colorado: More water woes ahead? (Summit Voice)

Colorado could be in for another dry winter, but at this point, the state’s water providers have not revealed any specific plans to respond to continued drought. Even after hearing a gloomy outlook on winter precipitation, big municipal utilities said they’re in a wait-and-see mode — and hoping for snow. But there’s no reason to expect a particularly snowy pattern.

November 21, 2012--U.S., Mexico sign pact on sharing water from Colorado River (Denver Post)

The United States and Mexico on Tuesday signed a pact for new rules on sharing water from the Colorado River, capping a five-year effort on how to spread the pain of drought a

November 20, 2012--Ag in eye of storm over climate policy (La Junta Tribune)

It’s too early to know how environmental policy will be influenced by the recent elections or whether the heat and drought of the last two years are part of a long-term global warming trend that can be mitigated by changes in human behavior.

November 19, 2012--Water Trust leasing put water into dry streams (Post Independent)

During a summer of record-low streamflows, Colorado Water Trust successfully tapped a never-before-used law to add water to more than 190 stream and river miles in western Colorado. The water trust's pilot program, Request for Water 2012, was a voluntary, market-based approach to rewatering streams in this past summer of severe drought conditions.

November 19, 2012--Floodgates opening to restore Colorado River (USA Today)

 The federal Bureau of Reclamation is gradually opening turbines and bypass tubes at Glen Canyon Dam as part of a government program to restore the Grand Canyon's ecosystem. The river has run at about 8,000 cubic feet per second this fall but will ramp up to 42,300 cubic feet for 24 hours from Monday night into Tuesday, and the river will run high for five days.

November 19, 2012--World Bank sounds alarm on ‘cataclysmic’ climate change (Environmental News Service)

Time is running out to avoid devastating climate change, finds a new report commissioned by the World Bank and reviewed by some of the world’s top scientists.

November 17, 2012--EPA says metals in Animas a danger to wildlife (Durango Herald)

Concentrations of metals in the upper Animas River and its main tributaries, Cement and Mineral creeks, pose problems for invertebrates, fish and the animals that prey on them, an Environmental Protection Agency study finds. The study is a draft, and the conclusions are conservative, the report says.

November 17, 2012--U.S., Mexico to share pain of Colorado River drought (Durango Herald)

Government officials from the United States and Mexico have set a Tuesday date in San Diego to sign a landmark agreement to share Colorado River water during times of drought and surplus. A time and place for the announcement weren’t immediately made public. But International Boundary and Water Commission official Gustavo Ramirez on Friday confirmed the day and place.

November 17, 2012--Warmer, drier winter predicted, says NOAA (Fairplay Flume)

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is predicting a warmer- and drier-than-average winter for 2012-2013 after the El Niño weather pattern didn’t develop as predicted. When El Niño is present, warm water in the Pacific Ocean causes a shift in tropical weather patterns, which in turn affects the jet stream over the United States.