Colorado

February 10, 2015--Lake Nighthorse construction likely this summer (Durango Herald)

Construction on some facilities at Lake Nighthorse could start this summer, after the Ute tribes expressed support for recreation. The letters of support will allow the Bureau of Reclamation to complete an environmental assessment, which is required for any construction to take place, said the Cathy Metz, Durango’s parks and recreation director.


February 8, 2015--Water plan must focus on conservation, not diversion (Post Independent)

Until 50 years ago, dams and water diversions were seen by many as symbols of progress, ingenuity and man’s triumph over nature. By 1970 we had built 100,000 dams in rivers and creeks across the country, and their negative impacts — on fish, wildlife, wetlands, recreation and communities — were becoming increasingly visible.


February 7, 2015--Aerial survey shows pine beetles waning, but spruce beetles continue to spread across Colorado forests (Summit Voice)

There’s good news and bad news from Colorado’s forests. Mountain pine beetle activity has faded to the lowest level since 1996, but spruce beetles continue to spread in the San Juans and in northwestern Colorado. The spruce beetle outbreak was detected on 485,000 acres in 2014, compared to 398,000 acres across the state in 2013, according to the U.S.


February 5, 2015--Below-normal Colorado snowpack raises water supply concern (Colorado Public Radio)

The Natural Resources and Conservation Service released its latest snow survey Thursday"Looking back at Colorado’s mountain snowpack over the course of January, it is becoming increasingly difficult to find promising water supply outlooks for spring and summer 2015,&quo


February 5, 2015--Disaster designation issued for S.W. Colo. counties (Durango Herald)

As Southwest Colorado’s drought conditions continue to increase during a warm, dry winter, help is in sight for area ranchers and farmers. Late Wednesday afternoon, the U.S. Department of Agriculture issued contiguous disaster designations for 21 of Colorado’s 64 counties, including Archuleta, La Plata and Montezuma counties.


February 4, 2015--Charting Colorado's vulnerability to climate change (Colorado State University)

Sea-level rise may not be not eating away at Colorado’s borders, but climate change exposes other critical vulnerabilities in the state, according to a new report.


February 2, 2015--Big game: Aquatic football? (Pueblo Cieftain)

The game plan is in place. The team has been conditioned. It’s been a rough season. The quarterback got beat up a little bit, but seems to be on a winning streak. OK, it’s not football. But that is one way to get a first down as the state marches down the field to score with the Colorado Water Plan.


February 1, 2015--Tiny hydro plant plays big role on big stage (Durango Herald)

The water from Arrastra Creek, unused industrially since it served to process precious metals at the Mayflower Mill north of here 60 years ago, has been harnessed again. This time it is powering a generator and turbine to produce electricity – part of a growing small-hydro industry.


January 31, 2015--State Representative hopes to alter new low-flow toilets law (CBS4)

Should government have a say in how much water per flush a person needs? State Rep. Tim Dore, a Republican from Elizabeth, wants to repeal part of a new state law that hasn’t effect yet. The law prevents the sale of any plumbing fixture that’s not water efficient starting in September 2016.


January 31, 2015--Looking beyond the basin to solve Colorado’s water conundrum (San Juan Independent)

Facing a possible continuation of statewide drought conditions, accelerating water demands on the Front Range and the fear of agricultural dry up, members of the Southwest Basin Roundtable want the State of Colorado to look outside the Colorado River Basin for possible future water sources in its final draft of the Colorado Water Plan.


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