Colorado

January 16, 2015--Flex water bill pops up in House (Pueblo Chieftain)

A controversial bill that failed to find its way into law last year has resurfaced in the state Legislature. The bill is an attempt to create a flex water right that would allow agricultural water to be applied to other uses for up to five years in 10. The bill has been adjusted to prevent it from being used to move water anywhere, anytime for any use, as the first versions allowed.


January 16, 2015--Federal grant money flows to West Slope water projects (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Nearly $10 million in federal funding will go to boost water efficiency in the Gunnison Basin and boost the generation of electricity from irrigation systems.


January 15, 2015--Senate panel OKs water conservation measure (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Although the bill doesn’t actually mandate anything, Republicans on a Senate committee Wednesday voted against it, in part, because they feared it might.


January 14, 2015--McPhee at risk for invasive species (Dolores Star)

Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the U.S. Forest Service, the Dolores Water Conservancy District, and local municipalities all have a common enemy - the invasive zebra and quagga mussel species.


January 12, 2015--Small communities get grants for water, wastewater projects (Denver Post)

The state has awarded $9.5 million in grants for 15 drinking water and wastewater systems in small communities. The Department of Public Health Environment announced Friday the grants are for planning, designing or building systems.


January 9, 2015--Overall, Colorado’s snowpack is on target (Durango Herald)

As a whole, Colorado’s snowpack was right where it should have been Jan. 1 – standing at 99 percent of the median for the date, the Natural Resources Conservation Service said in a news release.


January 7, 2015--Durango’s councilors back tribe’s water request (Durango Herald)

The Durango City Council signed a resolution Tuesday supporting the delivery of water from Lake Nighthorse to the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe. “This water would really help our future,” Chairman Manuel Heart said.


January 6, 2015--Small-scale hydropower projects are rising source of renewable energy (Rocky Mountain PBS)

A prime example of the future of hydropower is perched in the rugged peaks outside the southwestern Colorado town of Silverton. This is no behemoth new dam blocking one if America’s rivers. It’s a humming generator no bigger than a wheelbarrow, pulling in water from a mountain stream and making enough power to serve 10 homes.


January 4, 2015--Hermosa Creek act could serve as a model (Denver Post)

There is no small amount of satisfaction to be had in last month's federal approval of a locally crafted protection measure for the lovely area of Southwest Colorado known as Hermosa Creek. We feel the need to pinch ourselves in disbelief that Congress could have found a way to approve something so constructive, with bipartisan support.


January 3, 2015--McPhee management comes with a price (Cortez Journal)

The costs of maintaining recreation facilities at McPhee reservoir are significant, a burden Montezuma County would inherit if it gains ownership, according to a report from the U.S. Forest Service.


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