Current Events

Drought

As anyone who has heard or seen the news this first quarter of 2014 can tell you, drought topped the list of current event coverage. Allow some of the following headlines to illustrate:

Water shortages: What to expect in the future (February 17, 2014--Arizona Republic)

Lake Powell: 4th Driest Year on Record

According to a November Summit Voice article, the past water year--October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013, was the fourth-driest on record for the Colorado River Basin as measured at Lake Powell.

Fallowing Farmland in the Sun Corridor

A pilot farmland-fallowing project which will begin in January 2014 will pay Arizona’s farmers not to grow crops.


Free Online Water Course Offered by CSU

A free online course from Colorado State University (CSU) will begin January 27, 2014 and run through March 23rd. The course is entitled Water, Civilization, and Nature: Addressing Water Challenges of the 21st Century.


Durango’s RICD

After a long process of applying for a recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) right through the water courts, a conditional water right was given to the City of Durango in 2007.

Kokanee Spawn this Year in Dolores River

A November Cortez Journal article reported that due to increased flows on the Dolores River from summer monsoon rains, the kokanee salmon had enough water to make their spawning run this year.


Colorado River, Climate Change, and Water Management Policy

The summer was full of Colorado River water shortage headlines, as some of the following indicate:
 
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Mulroy Seeks Disaster Aid for Colorado River Drought

According to a September 20th Las Vegas Review-Journal article, Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy thinks the time has come for some federal disaster aid due to the Colorado River drought.

Wild and Scenic Status for Lower Dolores River?

According to an early July Cortez Journal article, McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status.

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