Colorado

January 19, 2015--Bumpy route for moving water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Can the Western Slope ever come to terms with a future proposal to move water across the Continental Divide? That’s one question that is emerging as the state water plan moves into its sophomore year. Part of the draft water plan presented to Gov. John Hickenlooper in December includes principles for Colorado River Development.


January 18, 2015--Agricultural hydropower projects coming to Colorado (Telluride Daily Planet)

A Telluride hydroelectric advocacy organization announced Thursday a $1.8 million grant awarded to the Colorado Department of Agriculture by the United States Department of Agriculture to support the development of agricultural hydropower projects in the state.


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.


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