Archive - 2015

December 2nd

December 2, 2015--U.S. Geological Survey national water census: Colorado River Basin geographic focus area study (USGS)

The U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) concept of a national census (or accounting) of water resources has evolved over the last several decades as the Nation has experienced increasing concern over water availability for multiple competing uses.

December 1st

December 1, 2015--Climate change, water scarcity, and adaptation in the U.S. fieldcrop sector (USDA)

Despite increased temperatures and much regional variation in production response, U.S. irrigated fieldcrop acreage and water used for irrigation are projected to decline with long-term climate change.

November 29, 2015--Owner of Gold King Mine feels victimized by EPA (Durango Herald)

Todd Hennis, owner of the Gold King Mine, was vacationing at a remote lake in upstate New York when a friend sent him images of the Environmental Protection Agency-contracted crew’s triggered blowout on his property, effectively turning the Animas River into an orange spectacle.

November 28, 2015--‘Colorado’s Conceptual Framework’ included in water plan (Aspen Journal)

A way to look at any new transmountain diversions in Colorado has been dubbed “Colorado’s Conceptual Framework” in the Colorado Water Plan after previously being called “the seven points” and the “draft conceptual agreement” as it has evolved over the past two years. It’s a lofty title for a framework that major water providers on t

November 27th

November 27, 2015--Groups help restore Dolores River (Durango Herald)

The Dolores River Boating Advocates are continuing their efforts to restore the health of the river below McPhee Dam.

November 26, 2015--Dry Gulch Water Storage Project update presented (Pagosa Springs Sun)

On Monday, Nov. 9, the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) held its regular meeting, during which an update was presented on the Dry Gulch Water Storage Project.  In 2008, the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and the SJWCD purchased 660 acres of land for the Dry Gulch reservoir.

November 25, 2015--Colorado plan tackles state water shortages (Crested Butte News)

Last week, Colorado adopted a comprehensive, $20 billion water plan—the state’s first, designed to close the gap between projected water demand and supply. The plan made headlines across the state, in part because Governor Hickenlooper emphasized its potential to avoid the diversion of more water across mountains.

November 24th

November 24, 2015--Hickenlooper’s final water plan lacks specifics (Colorado Independent)

Gov. John Hickenlooper has made public Colorado’s first statewide water plan. Though the document is intended to save the state from a looming water crisis, neither he nor state lawmakers have any specifics on how to implement it.

November 23, 2015--Silverton, San Juan County officials will pursue Superfund (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years of debate, the town of Silverton will officially engage the Environmental Protection Agency to work toward listing the mining district in the Upper Animas watershed as a Superfund site. Thursday night, San Juan County commissioners and the Silverton Town Board trustees said a motion will be presented at those agencies’ next respective board meetings to direct