Colorado

March 18, 2015--Western Slope legislators dismayed over Senate water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a water bill that made some Western Slope lawmakers a bit uneasy. The measure, SB183, requires water court judges, when considering changes in water uses, to decide based on actual historical use of that water, rather than uses not approved by a prior water decree. Several Western Slope lawmakers from both parties questioned why such


March 17, 2015--Bills on Colorado ski-area water, mineral rights do a face plant in Legislature (Denver Business Journal)

Two more bills attempting to address disputes between environmentalists and environmentally-minded government agencies on the one hand and property-rights owners on the other have bitten the dust in the Colorado Legislature. Democrats on the House State, Veterans and Military Affairs Committee on Monday killed Senate Bills 64 and 93, both sponsored by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling


March 17, 2015--Snowpack is declining in valleys where Colorado River originates, water watchers say (Associated Press)

Snowpack in the mountains and valleys where the Colorado River originates has been shrinking since the beginning of March, a federal water expert said Tuesday. The snow ranged between 89 and 91 percent of the long-term average, depending on which measurement is used. "We dried out relatively significantly here since the beginning of March," said Brian Domonkos, supervisor of


March 16, 2015--Bill seeks to make rain barrels legal in Colorado (KUSA)

A bill passed a state House committee Monday that would allow all residents to use rain barrels to store water to be used for outdoor irrigation. "Many of the people I've spoken to think I'm joking when I tell them that the collecting of the rain off of your roof is illegal," bill sponsor Rep.


March 13, 2015--Club 20 appoints new executive director (Colorado Statesman)

Club 20 was founded in 1953 to enable Western Slope cities, counties and businesses to speak with one voice to the state legislature in Denver. Today, the venerable 62-year-old lobbying organization is being led by one of its youngest executive directors, a former aide to U.S. Rep.


March 11, 2015--CWCB proposed acquisition of contractual interest in water on the 15 mile reach of the Colorado River (CWCB Instream Flow Program)

At its March 18-19, 2015 meeting in Broomfield, CO, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (“CWCB”) will evaluate a proposal from the Ute Water Conservancy District for a potential lease of a contractual interest in water for instream flow use to preserve/improve the natural environment to a reasonable degree in the Colorado River. The reach of stream proposed for use


March 11, 2015--Homebuilders’ biggest issues: Water, immigrant labor (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado needs to move quickly on high elevation water storage projects, homebuilders told U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on Tuesday. New houses need new water taps, Bob Jenkins of the Colorado chapter of the National Homebuilders Association said in a meeting Tuesday with Tipton.


March 10, 2015--Long Hollow reservoir filling (Durango Herald)

Rain and snowmelt runoff have provided the first water for a reservoir on Long Hollow Creek near Redmesa, a long-planned storage unit that will help Colorado meet its contractual water obligation to New Mexico and indirectly provide water for irrigators in the southwest corner of La Plata County. Construction was completed in June 2014 on the Bobby K.


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