January 26th, 2007

January 18, 2007--Yampa River Eyed in Possible Use for Front Range Cities (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Northern Colorado Water Conservation District is studying a plan to suck water out of the Yampa River below Maybell and draw it east. It's not that Northern wants the water.

January 22, 2007--An Attack on Ranch Water Rights (Helena Independent Record)

The system governing water rights in the West has been in place for over a century in order to help conserve and allocate scarce water resources.

January 15, 2007--Blue in the Face Over Blue Mesa Reservoir (Grand Junction Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Transmountain water diversions from the Western Slope to the Front Range, particularly prospective transmountain water diversions...[typically generates controversy].

January 25th

January 18, 2007--Water Pollution Suite Aims to Make Dams' Cost Prohibitive (Rocky Mountain News)

Conservationists are increasing pressure on PacificCorp to remove hydroelectric dams from Klamath River to help struggling salmon runs, warning they will sue to stop pollutions from a fish hatchery the utility owns...The aim of a suit would be to make PacifiCorp pay to upgrade the hatchery...PacificCorp is based in Portland and serves 1.6 million customers in six western states.

January 17, 2007--Colorado River District Board Cites Concerns with Yampa Diversion Project (CRWCD)

The Colorado River District Board of Directors expressed concerns about environmental and water supply issues stemming from the Yampa Diversion Project that a preliminary study says could pump up to 300,000 acre-feet of water from the Yampa River to the Front Range. The projcet is the subject of a reconnaissance study funded by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

January 16, 2007--Finding a Balance: Water Rights for Native Americans, Others Uncertain (Free New Mexican)

New Mexico, like other Western states, is grappling with American Indian water rights. Tribes and pueblos have the oldest water rights in the state, older than those of farmers, ranchers and towns. Under New Mexico law, Indian rights to water are supposed to be met before anyone else's.

January 14, 2007--Fight Brewing Over Endangered Fish (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The federal government is spending millions of dollars in Colorado to save endangered fish that, according to one organization, it's allowing to dwindle in the Grand Canyon. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is embarking on a two-year process of putting together an environmental impact statement for a long-term experimental plan for operations of Glen Canyon Dam.

January 23rd

January 18, 2007--Water Conservancy District Gets First OK on Grant Request (Pagosa Springs SUN)

The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) has announced that the Southwest Basins Roundtable members unanimously voted to approve the district's $1 million grant application at a Jan. 10 meeting in Cortez. Of the applications submitted, the SJWCD's was the only one recommended for state consideration at this time.

January 19th

January 16, 2007--Farmers Seek Well-Water OK (Denver Post)

Some northern Colorado farmers who had their groundwater pumps shut off last summer will try to convince a state panel this week that they're not drawing down the South Platte River.

January 13, 2007--Tamarisk and Water (Cortez Journal)

Tamarisk not only steals water from the system, it has many other detrimental effects. Tamarisk really is the shark of the plant world. It roots deeply, seeds abundantly, provides scarce habitat for wildlife, and encroaches on river and stream channels, causing flow problems. In the 1920's tamarisk covered about 10,000 acreas in the Southwest.