Colorado

June 12, 2015--Plans floated to deal with water woes (Durango Herald)

As rain washed over the La Plata County on Thursday, bringing fears of flooding, county officials wrestled with how to address long-term water needs. “We’ve been fighting for years and years over the wrong things and not paying enough attention to water. ...


June 12, 2015--Our river has runneth over (Durango Herald)

Emergency management scrambled Thursday to prepare communities downstream from Vallecito Reservoir for more flooding as a succession of unseasonably severe storms battered Southwest Colorado, causing the already-turgid Animas River to swell – in some places – dangerously above its banks. All day Thursday, the effects of two storms, and ensuing flooding, wracked communities alon


June 11, 2015--Flood warning issued for Durango (Durango Herald)

An isolated storm delivered a mixture of rain, hail and lighting shortly after noon on Thursday, briefly knocking out power in some places and contributing to the swell of the Animas River. A flash-flood warning was issued for the Durango area until 3:30 p.m.


Springs Assessment and Climate Adaptation Workshop (Durango, CO)

07/29/2015 1:00 pm
07/31/2015 12:00 pm

This Springs Assessment and Climate Adaptation Workshop is designed to further participants' understanding of spring ecosystems and to provide a monitoring methodology that can be used to improve spring stewardship by land management agencies, academic researchers, watershed stakeholder groups, educators, or anyone with an interest in spring ecosystems.


June 10, 2015--Developing Colorado with water conservation in mind (KRCC)

Colorado has experienced massive population growth in the last few years, and that trend is projected to continue. State Demographer Elizabeth Garner says the population of Colorado is forecast to grow by more than 2 million by 2040 to approximately 7.8 million people.


June 10, 2015--May rains boost water outlook (Mancos Times)

The rains of May have continued into June and drastically improved irrigation supply in McPhee Reservoir. Low winter snowpack had led forecasters to believe that the reservoir would not fill enough for a full irrigation supply. In early May, farmers were told they would receive just 10 inches per acre, less than half their full allocation of 22 inches. But record rain and snow in


June 10, 2015--Recent downpours shock sewage treatment process (Cortez Journal)

Higher than average rainfall in recent weeks has not only provided drought relief, but it’s also dampened sewage treatment efforts. The surplus precipitation, more than 2.6 inches in May, was a topic of discussion for Cortez Sanitation District officials at their monthly meeting on Monday, June 8.


June 9, 2015--Conservation district promotes new identity (Mancos Times)

The Dolores Conservation District is changing its name and embarking on a marketing campaign to raise awareness of its agricultural services. The first step is the name change to High Desert Conservation District. "The old name has been confusing for people," said district manager Judy Garrigues.


June 8, 2015--Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive? (High Country News)

Statewide, cities have acquired at least 191,000 acre-feet of agricultural water, eliminating farming and ranching on millions of acres. Water managers estimate Colorado could lose up to 700,000 more acres by 2050.


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