February 5th, 2007

January 27, 2007--Water Manager: Climate Change to Ebb State's Flows (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The science that says water supplies in Colorado will shrivel with the onset of climate change is nearly a sure bet. A slate of scientific studies have led water managers to conclude the state can no longer look to the past to predict the future when it comes to forecasting water supplies. The Rocky Mountains will simply get drier in the long run.

January 26, 2007--Can There Ever be Fair Value for Water? (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Water rights in Colorado could get special legal protection from condemnation under a bill introduced in the state Legislature. It's not hard to understand why the measure has gathered support form a variety of interest groups.

February 3rd

January 27, 2007--Water Tops State's Priorities (Cortez Journal)

Gov. Bill Ritter told the Colorado Water Congress that conservation will be the top priority as the state tries to solve its water problems, and that conservation has to include agriculture. Then look at recycling projects and sharing agreements between cities and farmers. And, as a last option, build more reservoirs.

January 25, 2007--Water-Quality Bill Clears Panel (Denver Post)

A proposal to strengthen state water-quality law that has failed at the Capitol the past six years won initial approval, with lawmakers predicting this is the year it finally will survive.

January 24, 2007--State Begins Impact Study of Drilling on Water Rights (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Colorado Geological Survey is beginning a six-month study of the Raton and Piceance basins to determine whether water from coal-bed methane drilling is connected to surface water supplies. There are rules that make oil and gas production exempt from state water rights. The purpose of this study will be to see if coal-bed methane drilling is an injury to other water rights.

January 26th

January 15, 2007--Utility Aims to Put Water Underground (Albuquerque Journal)

The Albuquerque city-county water utility is investigating the effectiveness of recharging the aquifer by dumping river water into an arroyo, where it will seep into the ground naturally. The method could be a good way to store water underground--a savings account of sorts that could be tapped later.

January 23, 2007--Tapping Used Water (Denver Post)

The city of Aurora is working on a $754 million Prairie Waters Project to extract water from the South Platte River, treat it and pipe it to customers--a process that will increase Aurora's water supply by 20 percent. "This is the wave of the future," said Glenn Bodnar, drinking-water specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

January 15, 2007--Water Issues Everywhere for '07 Session (Albuquerque Journal)

The Year of Water legislative session is likely to be largely about money--money for everything from large regional water supply projects to river restoration and Indian water rights settlements. Gov. Bill Richardson has outline a $100 million agenda for water issues.

January 19, 2007--A Boost for Water Quality (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Among the more disappointing outcomes of last year's legislative session was the razor-thin defeat of legislation that would allow water court judges--but not require water court judges--to consider the effects that major water transfers from their original basins of origin to other parts of the state would have on water quality...The Western Slope has suffered a major diminution in water quality

January 18, 2007--Whitewater Park Would Help to Protect West Slope Water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Backers of the proposed Palisade whitewater park have some extra time to encourage the Mesa County Commission and others to provide the project with much-needed funding. The Colorado River Basin Roundtable, however, rejected a funding request on the rationale that the park would not generate any wet water.