February 15th, 2007

January 14, 2007--Colorado City intends to double water storage (Puebleo Chieftain)

Colorado City took a step toward doubling its water storage as developers deeded land to the metro district for a future reservoir north of Lake Beckwith...Colorado City will not claim any new water rights for the reservoir, but will be able to store more of the water to which they are legally entitled...The metro district currently has 1,000 acre-feet of storage in Lake Beckwith, along with six w

February 11, 2007--Water Activities: Use a Shovel or Pencil (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Arkansas Basin Roundtable will look at three funding proposals this week that pose questions of whether a new source of state funding should be applied to a project affecting a small area, a plan that covers a wide part of the valley or in a way that helps the state as a whole and may benefit farmers down the road...Voting to move all three projects to the full roundtable...The Round Mountain

February 13, 2007--Watershed Meetings Should be Open to Public (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL]...Members of the public in this valley have a great deal at stake in the nonbinding development plan being created with Genesis Gas and Oil. It is their water at issue. That's why it's welcome news that the working group negotiating the development plan is at least considering the possibility of allowing the public and press to attend its meetings.

February 13, 2007--The Recently Wet Southwest (Cortez Journal)

[COMMENTARY] ...Measuring a drought is surprisingly difficult; it depends on who you ask and how you choose to measure.

February 10, 2007--Task Force Feels Growth's Impact Creek's Top Issue (Pueble Chieftain)

A committee looking at water quantity on Fountain Creek identified impervious surfaces created by more growth in Colorado Springs as the most serious issue affecting the controversial waterway...More parking lots, homes and streets will cause stormwater to run off more quickly into the creek rather than filtering into the ground.

February 10, 2007--Fountain Creek Gets Heavy Scrutiny by Numerous Groups (Pueblo Chieftain)

A list of 20 studies or activities that have dealt with problems on Fountain Creek in recent years was presented to the Fountain Creek Vision Task Force water quanity committee. The list includes planning, mapping, water quality and environmental efforts.

February 10, 2007--Lake Pueblo Water Leased to State (Pueblo Chieftain)

An emergency lease to state agencies by the Pueblo Board of Water Works will keep minimum flows in the Arkansas River through Pueblo and avoid a repeat of conditions that threatened fish in the winter of 2005...The water board will lease up to 3,082 acre-feet now stored in Lake Pueblo to the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks to maintain a minimum flow of 50 cubic feet per seco

February 14th

February 11, 2007--Genesis Has Very Limited Liability if Watersheds Are Contaminated (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Genesis Gas & Oil is going ahead with its reckless plans to drill for gas in our watershed in spite of the serious concerns of many citizens. Genesis stands to make huge profits. The people of this desert valley will not make a penny, but stand to lose something far more precious--our pure and irreplaceable source of drinking water.

February 11, 2007--County to Consider Mercury Monitoring (Durango Herald)

La Plata County Commissioners will decide whether to approve a $25,000 amendment to the county budget to fund a mercury-monitoring study at Vallecito reservoir and in the Pine River...The state of Colorado posted warning signs last summer advising residents of dangerous mercury levels in the tissues of predatory fish caught in the river and reservoir...The county funds will be used to purchase mon

February 9, 2007--Rain Chaser (Albuquerque Journal)

...Researchers at the university of New Mexico are trying to determine where summer monsoon rain comes from...The two obvious candidates--the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California, and scientists trying to understand our monsoon have puzzled over the question for decades. The research exploits an essentially new technique: measuring changes in the weight of the moisture.