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April 16th, 2015

April 14, 2015--GarCo urges West Slope water summit (Post Independent)

Garfield County proposes to host a summit among Western Slope water interests in an effort to present a “united voice” on the prospect of new transmountain diversions, and how that would be stated in the forthcoming Colorado Water Plan.


April 13th

April 13, 2015--The real reason Californians can't water their lawns (Bloomberg Business)

In response to the ongoing drought, California Governor Jerry Brown has set limits on urban water use—ordering cuts of as much as 25 percent. Cities across the state will stop watering highway median strips and rip up grass in public places. Golf courses and cemeteries will turn on the sprinklers less frequently, and water rates might rise.


April 12, 2015--The growing potential for water wars (International Policy Digest)

Tensions over water are nothing new and will increase as shortages mount. However, it is possible to avoid violent conflicts over this fundamental resource for human survival provided certain efforts are made to address this pressing challenge.


April 12, 2015--Millions facing higher premium rates for flood insurance (New York Times)

Millions of Americans including many whose homes were damaged by Superstorm Sandy are paying double-digit increases in flood insurance premiums. Those living with mortgages in high-risk flood regions are paying 18 percent increases under new legislation that went into effect this month. That includes some of the communities that experienced Sandy's wrath in 2012.


April 12, 2015--In California, rights to water exceed the supply (Los Angeles Times)

It's arguable whether California has enough water to meet its actual needs. But it clearly does not have enough to match people's expectations. And one reason is simple. Government historically has over-promised — not exactly a new concept. In the last century, the state has handed out rights to five times more surface water than our rivers produce even in a normal year.


April 11, 2015--Record low snowpacks in Southwest is bad news for water supplies (Environmental News Network)

Nine states report record low snowpacks. A report from the US Department of Agriculture states, “the largest snowpack deficits are in record territory for many basins,especially in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada where single – digit percent of normal conditions prevail.


WIP Spring 2015 Newsletter Now Available!

The Spring 2015 Water Information Program newsletter is now available!


April 10th

April 10, 2015--Major water woes looming in the West (Summit Voice)

Federal water watchers say their April 1 readings show that precipitation thus far in the 2015 water year (beginning October 1, 2014) is now below normal over most of the West except for some northwestern areas and coastal Alaska. Snowpack has declined significantly since last month throughout the West due to the warm and dry March.


April 10, 2015--Lawns targeted in water conservation discussions (Pine River Times)

Your water-sucking green lawn is a thing of the past, Gov. Jerry Brown told California residents last week. That theme carried through several presentations to a full house crowd at the 33rd annual Water Seminar on April 3 in Durango, sponsored by the Southwestern Water Conservation District.


April 9th

Statewide Roundtable Summit

The fourth Statewide Roundtable Summit was held in Westminster, Colorado on March 12, 2015. It was attended by members of the nine basin roundtables and interested members of the public. Roughly 300 individuals participated in total, 46% were basin roundtable members. Complete with red boxing gloves and warm-up jabs, the Colorado Water Conservation Board’s (CWCB) executive director, James Eklund, began the Summit after opening remarks from John Stulp. Stulp is Governor Hickenlooper’s special policy advisor for water and chairman of the Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC). As Eklund stated, “we have pivoted from whether or not we should have a plan, to what that plan should be. As we focus on the first final water plan, our emphasis must be on actionable steps.”