Archive - 2016

August 8th

August 7, 2016--Southwestern Water hears proposals for Dryside irrigation (Durango Herald)

Options to pump Animas River water to Red Mesa for irrigation were recently floated to the Southwestern Water Conservation District, though none of the projects have funding. The proposals would pump water uphill from the Lake Nighthorse intake to Red Mesa Reservoir, east of the La Plata River and about four miles north of the New Mexico border. “The 700-foot elevation di

August 6, 2016--EPA to pay $1.2M more in costs from Colorado mine spill (Associated Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay another $1.2 million to tribes, states and local governments affected by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. The announcement came on the anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the spill during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.

August 5th

August 4th

August 4, 2016--As thirsty cities drive up water's price, can farms survive on the Front Range? (KUNC)

Few things are more valuable to a farmer in the arid West than irrigation water. Without it, the land turns back into its natural state: dry, dusty plains. If a fast-growing city is your neighbor, then your water holds even more value. Farm families in Western states like California and Colorado are increasingly under pressure to sell their water.

August 3rd

August 2nd

August 2, 2016--EPA report links Colorado to errors that led to Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency continues to link the state to errors that resulted in the release of 3 million gallons of toxic mining sludge into the Animas River. In a one-year retrospective released Monday by the EPA, the federal agency is careful to underscore how the state was involved in planning that led to the blowout, which turned the Animas mustard yellow and deposite

August 2, 2016--Sunnyside Gold Corp. calls for dismissal of New Mexico lawsuit (Durango Herald)

Twenty-five years ago Tuesday, Sunnyside Gold Corp. shuttered the last operating mine in Silverton, yet the company’s involvement in the region is very much alive. On Friday, Sunnyside – now owned by international mining conglomerate Kinross Gold Corp.

August 1st

August 1, 2016--Minimal impacts from loss of Powell power, canyon institute says (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A group that wants to see the restoration of Glen Canyon and draining of Lake Powell says a new study shows such actions would have minimal impacts from the resulting loss of hydropower. The Glen Canyon Institute says the study it commissioned found there would be negligible impact on the western power grid and electric rates would go up by an average of 8 cents per month for

July 31, 2016--Killing the Colorado: Documentary addresses river water (Hava Sun News)

The Colorado River never captured the American imagination like its sister, the mighty Mississippi. While the Mississippi brings to mind images of steamboats, rustic charm and Mark Twain, the Colorado is all business. The Colorado River isn’t romanticized, but it is vital to the West – and according to a new Discovery Channel documentary, it is dying.