Colorado

July 10, 2015--Justice Gregory Hobbs reflects on water, justice (Colorado Statesman)

“Get a tie. A real tie!” For Coloradans who follow the stylings of Gov. John Hickenlooper, that might sound familiar. But that’s advice Justice Gregory L. Hobbs got the day he was appointed to the Colorado Supreme Court. After almost two decades on the bench, the Supreme Court will lose its most respected expert on water law. Hobbs steps down on Aug.


July 8, 2015--Second draft of Colorado Water Plan released (Aspen Journal)

The second draft of the Colorado Water Plan was released on July 7th and it calls for new sources of public and private funds to build new water supply projects that are still yet to be determined. “Financing long-term sustainable water supplies and infrastructure projects requires a collaborative effort involving water users and providers, as well as federal, state, and local e


July 4, 2015--Officials plan to curb poop (Durango Herald)

Just months ago, natural-resource specialist Melissa May generated headlines after telling a group of La Plata County residents that science overwhelmingly shows that humans had pooped in the Animas and San Juan Rivers. Her discussion at the Durango Public Library literally was titled, “Who Pooped in the River?” Now, officials are working with local groups to curb t


July 3, 2015--Dry Gulch loan restructuring approved by Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (Pagosa Sun)

The board of directors for the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) voted unanimously on June 29 to accept an agreement regarding the loan restructuring for the Dry Gulch water storage project with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), following a green light from the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) last week.


July 2, 2015--Water conservationists target millennials (Durango Herald)

Water conservation advocates in Colorado are targeting millennials with a campaign that aims at educating them on the value of water. A new website, LoveColoradoWater.org, has been launched by Colorado WaterWise, a statewide group that advocates for water conservation.


Wettest Month in Recorded History

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) records go back to 1895 and last month was the wettest on record for the contiguous United States. On average 4.36 inches of rain and snow, mostly rain, fell over the Lower 48 in May. NOAA climate scientist Jake Crouch calculated that comes to more than 200 trillion gallons of water in May. Crouch said the record was triggered by a stalled pattern of storms that dumped massive amounts of precipitation.


Water Camp

After many years of thinking about it, the WIP is proud to announce the participation in and co-sponsorship of a children’s water camp. This is being done in conjunction with the Durango Nature Studies (DNS) and will be held the last week of July. Topics include, but are not limited to: aquatic species, conservation, river restorations, the importance of healthy watersheds, and water quality. For more information and/or to register contact DNS at (970) 382-9244 or visit their website at www.durangonaturestudies.org.


SAVE THE DATES: September 9, 10, 11 & 12 Great Divide Film Showings in Southwest CO

Tens of millions of people, billions of dollars of agricultural production, and an enormous amount of economic activity across a vast swath of America from California to the Mississippi River are all dependent on rivers born in the mountains of Colorado.  In a time of mounting demand and limited supply, the need for all citizens to better understand and participate in decisions affecting this critical resource is paramount.

The Great Divide, a feature length documentary film from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, will illustrate the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region.


SAVE THE DATE: September 25th--9th Annual Water 101 Seminar (Bayfield, CO)

Save-the-date for the 9th Annual Water 101 Seminar to be conducted September 25, 2015 in Bayfield. We are again fortunate to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as the keynote speaker. The Seminar qualifies for six continuing education credits for Realtors and seven for lawyers, as well as contact hours for teachers, and .7 training units for water utility personnel. For more information and/or to register contact the WIP at (970) 247-1302.


Book Review: The Ordinary Truth, Jana Richman, 2012

The following book review is appreciatively provided by Laura Spann, with the SWCD:

The Ordinary Truth tells a fictional tale of Nevada’s very real water crisis through the eyes of a multi-generational Nevada ranching family in their come-to-Jesus moment. Urban and rural clash within the family, as daughter Katie is the public face of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, pitching the construction of a pipeline to pull water from her hometown of Omer Springs to serve thirsty Las Vegas. Her estranged mother Nell still ranches in Omer Springs.


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