February 14th, 2007

February 9, 2007--Water Consumption Dips Across County (Albuquerque Journal)

The state's largest water utility took a solid step toward its conservation goal last year as customers cut their daily water use to 165 gallons per person...That's a 35 percent reduction since 1994, the year before conservation efforts started...It adds up in a way that's crucial to sustainability and the availability of water...Conservation is so vital, so important...Utility officials say the e

February 8, 2007--Sandia Turns to Robot to Clean Water Tank (Albuquerque Journal)

Sandia Labs workers have enlisted a robot to try to clean contaminated sludge out of a 47-year-old underground wastewater tank that has leaked 4,000 gallons of potentially contaminated water beneath Sandia's nuclear reactor area...Sandia officials say they are committed to finding a way to clean up the mess. The tank's location, nearly 30 feet underground, has stymied cleanup efforts.

February 8, 2007--Snowpack 86 Percent of Average (Pagosa Springs SUN)

By Feb. 1, the Colorado snowpack was 91 percent of the long-term average. The local San Juan Basin snowpack was slightly below average at 86 percent. Its water content was 17 inches, or 85 percent of th 19.9 inch average...The Rio Blanco and Navajo Rivers both should see streamflows at 94 percent of average, while the San Juan is looking at flows of 89 percent.

February 8, 2007--Groups Seek Cash to Study Water Supply for Industry (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Two northwest Colorado water basin roundtables are expected to ask the state for money to study how much water may be available for energy development in the region.

February 7, 2007--Valley Water Meter Rules Begin March 1 (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water wells flowing more than 50 gallons a minute must have meters installed by March 1 or risk being declared inactive. Corey DeAngelis, chief of the Division 3 water measurement group for that Colorado Division of Water Resources, estimated there are about 6,000 wells that fall under the metering standard and 4,500 will be in compliance by the deadline.

February 7, 2007--Storage, Arkansas Valley's Future Tied in Water Bill (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water users who thought they were investing in water storage want to see more guarantees for future space in Lake Pueblo under proposed federal storage legislation...The bill would remove language about the Preferred Storage Options Plan developed over the past 10 years by the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District...The legislation includes the interests of the Lower Arkansas Valley Wat

February 4, 2007--Those Who Try to Define the End of a Drought May be all Wet (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

...Measuring a drought is surprisingly difficult. It depends on who you ask and how you choose to measure...There are no fewer than seven drought indices in use today...Much of the difficulty on calling a drought --or its end--centers on the larger question of what is "normal" precipitation.

February 10th

February 8, 2007--Adapt for Climate Change, Paper Urges (Denver Post)

Countries and communities need to become better at handling normal climate variations--dry years and wet ones...Energy policy changes could make it less hot a century from now, but people are already dying from floods, tropical diseases and crop failures related to capricious weather...Helping vulnerable people become more resistant to today's weather problems will also help them deal with a warme

February 7, 2007--Blue Mesa Level Right on Track (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Thanks to some foresight last spring by the Bureau of Reclamation, Blue Mesa Reservoir filled last summer for the first time in seven years, which makes this winter's normal drawdown seem more drastic than it actually is...After the Blue Mesa flows were cut last November for the brown trout spawn, releases were increased to reach December target elevations to prevent icing problems upstream of Blu

February 7, 2007--Dry Outlook Turned Out to be El Nino's Snow Job (Denver Post)

This season's El Nino was a typical one, but the impacts have been anything but normal in this hemisphere.