Colorado

February 25, 2015--Final results of river pollutant study to be presented (Four Corners News)

The final results from a study of contaminants in the San Juan and Animas rivers will be presented at San Juan College on Thursday. A preliminary analysis of study samples found high levels of bacteria associated with human waste in both rivers.


February 25, 2015--New hope for beetle-killed landscapes (High Country News)

From the air, they look like brittle, dead landscapes: millions of acres of scratchy brown pipe cleaners and toothpick logs. Since the 1990s, naturally-occurring bark beetles have multiplied under the effects of drought, climate change and fire-repressed forests, leading to outbreaks that have ravaged forests and left land managers scrambling to deal with a glut of dead trees.


February 23, 2015--Snow causing headaches for some, free day for others (Durango Herald)

The Colorado Department of Transportation will be doing avalanche control on Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain passes throughout the day after a storm dumped as much as 24 inches of snow in the region. The work will require delays, which could be lengthy, said Nancy Shanks, CDOT spokeswoman in Durango.


February 21, 2015--Ciruli: It's Colorado's move on water planning (Denver Post)

Colorado's statewide water planning is overdue. California and Texas, the nation's two largest states and users of Colorado headwaters, have moved well ahead of the state in planning and investment. Both downstream states are facing major shortages.


February 19, 2015--In S.W. Colo., snowpack slips (Durango Herald)

Snowpack in Southwest Colorado is perilously low, averaging only 56 percent in an index of the San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan River basins on Wednesday. The basin index measures snowpack at U.S. Department of Agriculture sites around the region. The snowpack at the summit of Wolf Creek Pass was at only 46 percent of the median figure for the date.


February 15, 2015--Is Silverton ready for a cleanup? (Durango Herald)

All around Silverton, where a series of mines – once lucrative, now abandoned – pock the earth like gaping, oozing wounds, the waters course with poison. Silverton resident Melody Skinner said her now dead dog Hannah wouldn’t drink water from Cement Creek – which U.S.


February 13, 2015--Proposal for Lower Dolores criticized (Cortez Journal)

The Montezuma County commission and San Juan Basin Farm Bureau have publicly come out against a fledgling proposal to create a National Conservation Area on the Lower Dolores River. Citing concerns that the designation could result in additional water being released downstream from McPhee Reservoir, the commissioners voted 3-0 to oppose any such plan.


February 12, 2015--Colorado water plan can’t create more H20 (Aspen Daily News)

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan. This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet. Work on the plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the final version due to the governor in December 2015. The Colorado Water Plan in many ways is indeed historic.


February 11, 2015--Hickenlooper says state needs to spend big to prepare for growth (Denver Post)

Gov. John Hickenlooper ended his remarks to the Economic Club of Colorado on Tuesday with a warning for the state’s business leaders. A major focus of his second term is preparing for Colorado’s impending growth — with 3 million more residents expected in the next 20 years, he said.


February 10, 2015--House approves ‘flex-use’ water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Several Western Slope lawmakers didn’t get their way Tuesday on a bill that is designed to prevent so-called buy-and-dry tactics on water rights for farms and ranches.


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