Archive - 2015

December 21st

December 11, 2015--Lake Nighthorse water-rights settlement pushed to Jan. 15 (Durango Herald)

A ruling on the settlement agreement reached last month in the years-long Animas-La Plata Project legal battle over water rights to Lake Nighthorse was continued to Jan.

December 10th

December 10, 2015--West Slope officials reviewing water plan (Business Times)

Although Western Colorado officials are still reviewing a new statewide water plan, they’ve already raised concerns about transmountain diversions and called for a broader approach to development. Moreover, any legislative action on the plan during the upcoming session could be premature. “We need a chance for legislators to digest this,” said John McClow, a represen

December 10, 2015--Disagreement between state and EPA over Gold King Mine spill lingers (Durango Herald)

Additional details released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Gold King Mine spill continue to highlight the state’s possible role in the disaster. The EPA released further details on Tuesday evening, hours before a congressional panel on Wednesday morning would interrogate Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on her department’s role in investig

December 9, 2015--Congress calls for new Gold King Mine investigation (Denver Post)

 In the face of what he described as "stonewalling" by the Obama administration, the head of the U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources on Wednesday called for a new, independent investigation into the federal response to the Gold King Mine accident in southwest Colorado. The request by U.S. Rep.

December 8, 2015--EPA: 'Nowhere near' needed funds to clean up Colorado toxic mines (Denver Post)

Superfund cleanups are launched less often, and those in progress take longer to complete — including 19 in Colorado that target mining and other disasters — according to a study released Tuesday by a national coalition. Environmental Protection Agency officials, responding to Denver Post queries, confirmed a backlog saying there's nowhere near the funding to conduct cleanu

December 7th

December 7, 2015--Report: Climate change will affect Colorado's food supply (USDA)

A new report by the U.S. Department of Agriculture warns that climate change could affect food supply in Colorado and worldwide. The report says risk extends beyond farms and ranches. It predicts that production across most of the U.S. should be able to handle the initial shocks of climate change without major losses.

December 6, 2015--Conservation? Yes Dam storage? No (Pueblo Chieftain)

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently unveiled Colorado’s first-ever state water plan. After nearly two years of meetings and input, the ballyhoo of releasing the plan was heard from Yuma to Grand Junction. There’s good and bad in the plan, and the on-the-ground result depends on which part of the plan the state decides to implement.

December 5, 2015--Colorado mountain towns to world leaders: Help us save snow (Denver Post)

Colorado recreation industry and mountain town leaders spoke at the world climate summit in Paris Sunday, pressing for a strong deal to preserve winters long enough for snow sports. Aspen Mayor Steve Skadron told of efforts to adapt to shorter, slushier winters, joined by others on a panel, including Olympic snowboarder Seth Wescott. "I urge world leaders to finish strong in Pari

December 4, 2015--‘Weird, creepy’ color of river alarms conservationists (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the wake of August’s Gold King Mine breach near Silverton — which saw 3 million gallons of yellow waste water spilled into a tributary of the Animas River — local riverkeepers have carefully monitored the San Miguel watershed for similar pollutants. So when a mysterious plume floated downriver from Ophir last weekend, environmentalists became alarmed. Camille Pric

December 3, 2015--State releases final version of Colorado Water Plan (Pine River Times)

Colorado now has a plan for its water supply future, motivated by the prediction of state population doubling to around 10 million people by 2050. The plan was released on Nov. 19. It contains well over 400 pages. It was initiated in May 2013 by an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper.