Colorado

May 27, 2015--Durango records wettest May on record; more rain is likely (Durango Herald)

It’s not just your imagination – Durango already has experienced its wettest May in at least 16 years, and more rain may be on the way. By Tuesday, 2.9 inches of precipitation had fallen at Durango-La Plata County Airport. Records at that location date to 2000. The second-wettest May came in 2011, when 1.29 inches fell.


Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting

07/08/2015 2:30 pm

The Southwest Basin Roundtable meeting will be conducted at the Dolores Water Conservancy District offices (60 Cactus St.) in Cortez, CO. For more information call (970) 565-7562.


May 19, 2015--Lawn gone: Durangoans tear out grass to save water (Durango Herald)

Because the future is looking a little uncertain, Durango couple Steve Harris and Lourdes Carrasco started digging up their lawn Friday afternoon. They invited a few other concerned residents to join them, and together they made a statement: It’s time to stop wasting water. One place to start is on lawns we don’t need.


May 19, 2015--Colorado's Water Plan and WISE water infrastructure (Denver Post)

Construction is set to begin on a regional water project that is a significant part of the South Denver area's plan to transition to a renewable water supply.


May 18, 2015--Colorado's growth brings a call to link water and land planning (KUNC)

Colorado has experienced massive population growth in the last few years, a trend that is projected to continue. Finding enough water to meet the demands of the booming Front Range has city planners closely looking at how new developments can be built with conservation as a key component.


May 15, 2015--Southwest reservoirs play catch-up (Durango Herald)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter-than-normal spring, with heavy rain restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S.


May 14, 2015--Colorado begins $3.4 million effort to save ag water, use it to make power (Denver Post)

Colorado is embarking on a federally backed $3.4 million experiment to transform the flood irrigation farmers use to grow crops: tapping diverted water more efficiently and generating electricity. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack kicked off the "small hydropower" project Monday in Denver and announced $235 million in new federal grants nationwide to spur innovation around water,


May 14, 2015--Gov. Hickenlooper signs bill to fight invasive, thirsty plants (KVNF)

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program. Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday. "Phreatophytes are those trees and bushes...like Russian olive or tamarisk that just suck up water," said Hickenlooper.


May 8, 2015--Dolores River conservation group has successful 2014 (Telluride Daily Planet)

In a presentation to the San Miguel County Board of Commissioners at their meeting Wednesday, Nature Conservancy Southwest Colorado Project Director Peter Mueller updated the board on the work of the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, a private-public partnership that works to preserve the wildlife and ecology of the river that starts in the San Juan Mountains and runs to its confluence wit


May 7, 2015--Water attorney tapped for river study (Cortez Journal)

The phrase “implied water rights” for special designations on federal lands sent chills down the spines of local irrigators at a meeting discussing the legal ramifications on their potential below McPhee dam.


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