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March 22nd, 2015

March 18, 2015--Western Slope legislators dismayed over Senate water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a water bill that made some Western Slope lawmakers a bit uneasy. The measure, SB183, requires water court judges, when considering changes in water uses, to decide based on actual historical use of that water, rather than uses not approved by a prior water decree. Several Western Slope lawmakers from both parties questioned why such


March 17, 2015--Bills on Colorado ski-area water, mineral rights do a face plant in Legislature (Denver Business Journal)

Two more bills attempting to address disputes between environmentalists and environmentally-minded government agencies on the one hand and property-rights owners on the other have bitten the dust in the Colorado Legislature. Democrats on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday killed Senate Bills 64 and 93, both sponsored by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling


March 17, 2015--Snowpack is declining in valleys where Colorado River originates, water watchers say (Associated Press)

Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday. The snow ranged between 89 and 91 percent of the long-term average, depending on which measurement is used. "We dried out relatively significantly here since the beginning of March," said Brian Domonkos, supervisor of


March 17, 2015--California water anxiety syndrome: Feel it yet? (San Francisco Chronical)

The feeling is inescapable, palpable, more than a little scary. I’m talking about California Water Anxiety Syndrome (CWAS), of course, that sinking feeling to trump all sinking feelings, that sour knot in the pit of the collective stomach, unnerving and strange and, let’s just admit, unutterably depressing. California, as you might have heard, is running out of water.


March 16, 2015--The melting of Antarctica was already really bad. It just got worse (Washington Post)

A hundred years from now, humans may remember 2014 as the year that we first learned that we may have irreversibly destabilized the great ice sheet of West Antarctica, and thus set in motion more than 10 feet of sea level rise. 2015, meanwhile, could be the year of the double whammy — when we learned the same about one gigantic glacier of East Antarctica, which co


March 16, 2015--Bill seeks to make rain barrels legal in Colorado (KUSA)

A bill passed a state House committee Monday that would allow all residents to use rain barrels to store water to be used for outdoor irrigation. "Many of the people I've spoken to think I'm joking when I tell them that the collecting of the rain off of your roof is illegal," bill sponsor Rep.


March 14, 2015--Could Canada help the U.S. solve the American water crisis? (MainStreet)

While President Obama vetoed the Keystone XL tar sands oil pipeline with great fanfare, Canadian politicians and agencies have for decades more quietly blocked water pipeline and diversion schemes. Pressure on Canada could grow as the U.S.


March 13, 2015--Forecasters predict another down year for Lake Mead (Las Vegas Review-Journal)

A lackluster year so far on the Colorado River has local water managers and National Park Service officials bracing for further declines at Lake Mead. According to the latest federal forecast, released Wednesday, the reservoir is expected to fall to a new record low next month and slip downward from there, shedding a total of about 20 feet through June 2016. The bleak new estimat