Archive - 2013

December 4th

December 3, 2013--Denver-West Slope water agreement finally final (Post Independent)

Denver can take a little more water from the Colorado River’s headwaters to increase the reliability of its system, but won’t develop any new transmountain diversions without West Slope agreement and will help repair damage from past diversions.

December 3, 2013--Rare ice fog shrouds Dolores area (Cortez Journal)

It looked like a scene from the Twilight Zone, or Stephen King's horror story The Mist.

December 2nd

December 2, 2013--Calif. water woes hit hard (Ag Week)

To nurture his acres of pistachio trees, Tom Coleman has long relied on water from California’s mountain-ringed reservoirs, fed by Sierra streams and water pumped from the massive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta.

December 2, 2013--Water group: Look elsewhere for water (Aspen Times)

The members of the Colorado River Basin Roundtable last week unanimously agreed to tell a group of Front Range water interests not to look for new sources of water on the Western Slope to meet a forecasted water shortage.

November 30, 2013--Boulder County flood losses: 337 structures worth $41M (Boulder Daily Camera)

September's historic flood destroyed a total of 337 structures on 313 properties in Boulder County, representing $41 million in market value, according to newly released data from the Assessor's Office. The county is waiving taxes on those ruined properties for Sept. 13 through the end of the year, meaning taxes won't be levied against a combined total of $12,367,815 in market value.

November 30, 2013--After the kill, Part 1: Beetle epidemic changed the face of High Country forests (High Country News)

If mountain residents hope to keep building their homes and towns along the wildland-urban interface, they must understand that sudden, drastic change is inevitable and prepare their own properties as best they can.

November 30, 2013--Telluride moves to future with new snowmaking infrastructure, technology (Watch Newspapers)

In a perfect world, all 280 acres of terrain at the Telluride Ski Resort with access to manmade snow would be open by Christmas.

November 29th

November 29, 2013--What is the true cost of food production? (Environmental News Network)

Unsustainable farming systems that damage the environment and public health thrive at the expense of sustainable producers. Patrick Holden makes the case for "true cost accounting." We must account for the real costs of food, or sustainable food systems will never break through to the mainstream.

November 29, 2013--How pollution makes bigger thunderstorms: Poor air quality creates bigger, longer-lasting clouds (Mail Online)

Pollution makes thunderstorms worse by creating bigger, longer lasting clouds and cooling temperatures with their shadows, say scientists. Computer simulations of cloud data from the western Pacific, south eastern China and Oklahoma showed pollution increased their size, thickness and duration.

November 28, 2013--The Colorado River’s very drop must count (Sky-Hi News)

Water has literally shaped the West. It carved Colorado from red rock and shaped landmarks from the Rocky Mountains to the Grand Canyon to the Gulf of California. Water has etched green and fertile valleys into the desert and sustained generations of hardworking families throughout the Southwest.