Colorado

April 28, 2015--Fish in the Animas aren’t going hungry (Durango Herald)

There are fewer fish locally in the Animas River than there used to be, but the populations are not likely wanting for food.  A study of bugs, specifically macroinvertebrates, recently completed found a wide variety of species, including many that are sensitive to pollution, said Scott Roberts, an aquatic biologist with Ecosphere Environmental Services.


April 23, 2015--Federal report finds major increase in earthquake activity in Colorado (Denver Business Journal)

Colorado is among a number of states that the U.S. Department of Interior found has increased seismic activity, according to the U.S. Geological Survey National Seismic Hazard Model report released Wednesday. The report points to the injection of wastewater from oil and gas operations into the ground as being a major cause of the uptick in earthquakes.


April 21, 2015--County water in decline (Durango Herald)

Groundwater is on the decline in certain parts of La Plata County, and more infrastructure is needed to bring water to rural residents and business before they run out, according to the La Plata County Water Advisory Commission’s draft policy bulletins. For the past year, the commission has worked to assess the county’s water supply and infrastructure needs. “Water i


April 19, 2015--Automatic water meters coming to Cortez (Cortez Journal)

Funding is in place for the City of Cortez to embark on a $1.2 million replacement of more than 3,000 manually read water meters with automated meters. Mayor Karen Sheek and City Council approved loan and grant funds from the Colorado Water Conservation Board at the April 14 council meeting.


April 18, 2015--Booming cities, taxed rivers, and tumbleweeds frame Colorado's water plans (Colorado Public Radio)

On a recent Friday, farmer Dale Mauch climbed down into a dry ditch of the Fort Lyon Canal, which feeds Arkansas River water to his farm. He explained that two days ago, this ditch in Prowers County was clear of weeds. Then a cold front moved in. “In 10 minutes, it can do this,” he said, standing near tumbleweeds that come up to his chest.


April 17, 2015--Senate panel delays vote on rain-barrel bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Homeowners who use rain barrels are violating state water laws, but a bill discussed in a Senate panel on Thursday would make it OK. Under HB1259, which cleared the Colorado House last month on a 45-20 vote, homeowners would be able to use two 55-gallon barrels to collect rainwater, but only for use on their gardens and lawn. The thinking behind the measure is two-fold, said Sen.


April 14, 2015--GarCo urges West Slope water summit (Post Independent)

Garfield County proposes to host a summit among Western Slope water interests in an effort to present a “united voice” on the prospect of new transmountain diversions, and how that would be stated in the forthcoming Colorado Water Plan.


April 10, 2015--Lawns targeted in water conservation discussions (Pine River Times)

Your water-sucking green lawn is a thing of the past, Gov. Jerry Brown told California residents last week. That theme carried through several presentations to a full house crowd at the 33rd annual Water Seminar on April 3 in Durango, sponsored by the Southwestern Water Conservation District.


April 8, 2015--West Slope could use own water plan, managers say (Grand Junction Sentinel)

It might not be enough for Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper to be considering a statewide water plan, said water managers and growers on Tuesday. “Maybe the West Slope needs to have one, too,” said Larry Clever, general manager of the Ute Water Conservancy District.


April 8, 2015--Conservation, wilderness areas proposed for Dolores River (Dolores Star)

A recently released draft bill would ask Congress to designate portions of the Lower Dolores River as a National Conservation Area and Wilderness Area. The much-anticipated proposed legislation was created over a five-year period by a legislative subcommittee put together by the Lower Dolores Plan Working Group. It was released to the public last week for community discussion and input.


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