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July 21st, 2015

July 20, 2015--2nd version of water plan to set key principles (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The second version of the Colorado Water Plan offers some assurance to the Western Slope about the process for deciding how the state will deal with water issues, but it still leaves the Western Slope open to pressure from the east and west, water officials said. The second version of the plan unveiled this month also earned plaudits from environmental organizations for its emphasis on con


July 19, 2015--CO History: Grand River renamed Colorado River (9 News)

The Colorado River was once called the Grand River, a name that Congressman Edward T. Taylor said was "a meaningless misnomer.


July 18th

July 18, 2015--The California drought is just the beginning of our national water emergency (Nation)

The United Nations reports that we have 15 years to avert a full-blown water crisis and that, by 2030, demand for water will outstrip supply by 40 percent.


July 17, 2015--How the West overcounts its water supplies (New York Times)

Paul Matuska is the closest thing the American West has to a water cop, and his beat includes Needles, Calif., a beleaguered desert town midway between Flagstaff, Ariz., and Los Angeles. About 4,800 people live in Needles, on the western bank of the Colorado River where it cuts a swath in the mud between California and Arizona.


July 17, 2015--How much water does the West really have? (Pro Publica)

Seventy five years ago, American scientists discovered a secret about how the planet’s water works. The phenomenon involves the Earth’s lakes, rivers and streams, and their connection to the treasured stashes of water that can be found in the deep pools that have been sequestered between layers of underground rock for centuries.


July 17, 2015--Pagosa Verde, county reach agreement concerning geothermal (Pagosa Springs Sun)

At the Pagosa Area Geothermal Water and Power Authority (PAGWAPA) meeting Monday night, after the routine progress report on Pagosa Verde’s drilling operation, a rather heated debate broke out over the county’s stance that it would not release its share of the bridge funding without a promissory note and guarantee.


July 17, 2015--Water rights
 bill by Tipton
 passes House (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A packet of measures that included U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton’s bill to protect state-issued water rights against federal demands passed the U.S. House on Thursday. The Western Water and American Food Security Act, H.R. 2898, passed the House on a 245-176 vote and now goes to the Senate.


July 16th

July 16, 2015--Colorado virtually drought-free after several thirsty years, report shows (Denver Post)

A federal drought report released Thursday shows Colorado is nearly free of the thirst that has affected the state — particularly the Western Slope and southeastern counties — for years. Only about 2 percent of the state, limited to the extreme northwest and southwest corners, is still under a designation of "abnormally dry." Last week, 25 percent of Colorad


July 16, 2015--Water diversions OK’d by the state (Durango Herald)

The state water agency creating a statewide water plan met Wednesday at Sky Ute Casino and approved a “conceptual framework” to guide future proposals for diversion of Western Slope water to Front Range urban areas. Trans-mountain diversions (TMDs) are the hot-button issue in the Colorado Water Plan for Western Slope water interests.


July 15, 2015--Is water on the way to becoming 'clear gold' in California? (Los Angeles Times)

Water may soon become more valuable than oil. That's the punch line of today's cartoon, which responds to the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power's proposal to raise revenue, to fix its crumbling infrastructure and encourage conservation during the ongoing California drought.