Archive - Mar 2016


March 29th

March 29, 2016--Difficulties arise in efforts to save water for Powell (Post Independent)

A recent Bureau of Reclamation report projects that Western river basins, including the Colorado Basin, are likely to experience a 7-27 percent decline in spring streamflows during this century. The bureau’s 2016 SECURE Water Act Report to Congress, which can be found at 

March 28, 2016--Reclamation releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Lake Nighthorse recreation plan (U.S. BOR)

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment for the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan. 

March 27, 2016--EPA appoints Gold King Mine Superfund manager (Durango Herald)

Water sampling and community coordination will be the first items of business for Rebecca Thomas, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly appointed remedial project manager for the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. Thomas has done remedial work on Superfund sites in Libby, Montana, which endured asbestos contamination, and the California Gulch and Kennecott Copper Mine

March 26, 2016--Hickenlooper: 'Time is now' to move on West's leaking mines (Denver Post)

Over a recent Sunday breakfast, Gov. John Hickenlooper, fellow Western governors and chiefs of key federal agencies put their heads together on the problem of leaking inactive mines. It has stymied Western leaders for decades. But during that Feb.

March 25, 2016--Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park owner ordered to shut down sewage pond (Durango Herald)

After more than a decade in violation of the Clean Water Act, state officials have ordered Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park to shut down its sewage lagoon, which is seeping a mixture of feces, urine and bath water into its namesake creek. “They have been a longtime problem for the division,” said Mike Harris, a manager for the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment&

March 24th

March 23, 2016--Spring runoff red-flags Animas aquatic life (Cortez Journal)

Water samples taken from the Animas River during the season’s first spring runoff since August’s Gold King Mine spill raise a “red flag” for potential harm to aquatic life in the waterway. On Feb.

March 23, 2016--Colorado bird health an indicator of water quality for humans (Daily Summit)

The growing water issues and shortages throughout the western United States stand as a notable threat to the way of life for millions of Americans but could also pose just as significant a hazard for hundreds of native species of birds. Tuesday marked World Water Day, an observance by the United Nations of water issues impacting the world over that dates to the early- ’90s in order t

March 22nd

March 22, 2016--Lessons in water management (Durango Herald)

Created in 1941 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Southwestern Water Conservation District encompasses Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, San Miguel and parts of Hinsdale, Mineral and Montrose counties. As board president, I would like to share some lessons learned in the past 75 years, ones we’ll carry through the next 75. Lesson No.

March 21st

March 21, 2016--Water In Colorado streams could be thousands of years old, says study (Colorado Public Radio)

Water in Colorado streams and rivers can be anywhere from days to thousands of years old, according to a new, first-of-its-kind study published this month in the journal Geophysical Research Letters. Scientists used a supercomputer to make calculations based off existing data sets, explained Reed Maxwell, a professor of hydrology at the Colorado School of Mines.