February 8th, 2007

January 31, 2007--Bill Tackles Whitewater Park Water Rights (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Senate Bill 122 proposes to allow the Colorado Water Conservation board to spend nearly $5 million on water projects from its construction fund, funneling money to projects as disparate as cloud seeding, floodplain mapping and water conservation public awareness.

February 6th

February 5, 2007--Water Squabble Welcomes Ritter Administration (Durango Herald)

On his second day on the job, Harris Sherman stepped into a water war. At stake is the role of a new group the Legislature created in 2005 to find a truce between Western and Eastern Colorado. Sherman, the state's new director of natural resources, led his first Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) meeting and tried to calm fears that he and Gov.

February 5, 2007--Three Water Bills Move Through House (WaterTech Online)

A House of Representatives subcommittee approved three bills on January 31 related to water and wastewater issues, particularly infrastructure spending...The Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 would reauthorize the spending of $125 million by the US Environmental Protection Agency under its alternative water source grants program.

February 3, 2007--Western Slope Starved for Water Despite Snow (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The 2007 water year began in October, and it looks like it's shaping up to be wetter than normal for Grand Junction, which has received 147 percent of its normal precipitation...But tha's deceiving because the area had an exceptionally wet October, followed by a series of drier months.

February 3, 2007--Western Droughts Could Become Norm, Say Climate Scientists (Rocky Mountain News)

Average temperatures in the West could rise 7 degrees by the end of the century because of global warming, with drought-like conditions becoming the new norm. Some of the world's most advanced climate models suggest that Colorado precipitation levels will remain roughly constant as temperatures climb.

February 2, 2007--Resort Awaits Court Ruling on Snowmaking (Rocky Mountain News)

For the third time in four years, the Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff opened late because of a lack of snow cover. Some people insist that the 68-year-old ski resort needs artificial snowmaking equipment, which would have allowed the facility to open on the first week of December.

February 1, 2007--Montana Sues Wyoming Over Water (Casper Star Tribune)

The state of Montana filed suit with the U.S. Supreme Court against Wyoming over water rights, claiming Wyoming's excessive use of water from two river systems is leaving downstream Montana ranches and farms dry. The dispute over the Tongue and Powder rivers marks a sharp escalation in a water fight between the two states. The region is suffering through a prolonged drought dating to 1999.

January 27, 2007--Dolores Tamarisk Control Group (Cortez Journal)

A coordinated, "top-down" approach was initiated in 2004/2005 to control a new, fast spreading tamarisk infestation around McPhee reservoir as a result of drought conditions...Mapping indicated tamarisk infestation of more than 200 acres over 50 miles of shoreline...The program has been expanded to include Narraguinnep reservoir, Totten reservoir and the canal systems of the Dolores Wate

January 28, 2007--Don't Waste the Money (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] State water officials and Western Slope lawmakers are looking at a water appropriations bill that could lead to a study examining the possible availability of water in Blue Mesa Reservoir for transmountain diversion to the Front Range...Any such study would be a complete waste of tax dollars until another important issue regarding the Gunnison River--the quantification of water rights

January 27, 2007--Mercury Levels Prompt Health Warning (Cortez Journal)

Elevated levels of mercury have been found in fish in five Colorado reservoirs including Horsetooth, Horseshoe, Totten, Purdy and Trinidad...There are several debates regarding where and how the mercury is getting into fish, but the most likely source is power plants...At least 44 states have been conducting mercury sampling and all are finding elevated mercury levels...The EPA has directed states