Conservation

March 23, 2016--Colorado bird health an indicator of water quality for humans (Daily Summit)

The growing water issues and shortages throughout the western United States stand as a notable threat to the way of life for millions of Americans but could also pose just as significant a hazard for hundreds of native species of birds. Tuesday marked World Water Day, an observance by the United Nations of water issues impacting the world over that dates to the early- ’90s in order t


March 18, 2016--EPA, US Bureau of Reclamation and Western water districts collaborate on ICP (Hydrocarbon Engineering)

Three of the West’s largest municipal water agencies have partnered with federal agencies to kick off the latest round of an expanded competitive grant programme aimed at discovering the next generation of water saving devices and technologies. For the first time, the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is participating with the US Bureau of Reclamation, as well as the Central A


March 16, 2016--Pueblo board approves plan to leave some of its water on Western Slope as part of study (Pueblo Chieftain)

A contract for a pilot program that would leave some of Pueblo’s water on the Western Slope was approved Tuesday by the Pueblo Board of Water Works. Pueblo Water will leave 200 acre-feet (65 million gallons) of water from the Ewing Ditch for a fee of about $134,000 as part of an $11 million pilot project to test tools to manage drought in the Colorado River ba


March 4, 2016--Future of the Colorado River Basin (Arizona State University)

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity. And though an official declaration of water shortage on the Colorado River has never been declared, and that careful planning has ensured Arizona and Colorado are well-supplied with water, residents need to k


Homes to Recycle Water

Droughts have pushed cities, especially in the American Southwest, to strengthen efficiency mandates at every point in the water system. According to a recent Energy Collective article, Lancaster, California was one of the first municipalities to require homes to be not only solar-ready, but have recycle-ready plumbing. Innovative companies have developed systems that recycle the gray water in the home for non-potable uses (e.g., outside irrigation, toilet water, etc.). According to the article, more than 80 percent of the water used in the typical home is not used for drinking, and technology is now available that can recover 2 of every 3 gallons of a home’s gray water. Generally, these types of systems can cut the total amount of water used by a home by about one-third. 


December 28, 2015--University of Colorado scientists say reservoir evaporation a concern (Durango Herald)

 A focus should be placed on measuring and reducing reservoir evaporation in an effort to meet Colorado’s growing water supply demands, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The report, unveiled on Monday, focused on conservation, a popular theme touted by water managers across Colorado.


December 15, 2015--Water conservation initiative launched Tuesday targets West (Durango Herald)

A plan to spur investment in water conservation and infrastructure in the West through public-private collaborations, was announced Tuesday by federal officials. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said at a White House roundtable on water innovation that the department is establishing a “Natural Resource Investment Center.” Much of the goal of the investment center will


December 6, 2015--Conservation? Yes Dam storage? No (Pueblo Chieftain)

Gov. John Hickenlooper recently unveiled Colorado’s first-ever state water plan. After nearly two years of meetings and input, the ballyhoo of releasing the plan was heard from Yuma to Grand Junction. There’s good and bad in the plan, and the on-the-ground result depends on which part of the plan the state decides to implement.


December 3, 2015--State releases final version of Colorado Water Plan (Pine River Times)

Colorado now has a plan for its water supply future, motivated by the prediction of state population doubling to around 10 million people by 2050. The plan was released on Nov. 19. It contains well over 400 pages. It was initiated in May 2013 by an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper.


November 21, 2015--Boiling down the Colorado Water Plan’s action plan (Aspen Journal)

There are 16 pages in the Colorado Water Plan devoted to the “Critical Action Plan.” With the action plan's language lightly rinsed and boiled down, a recipe of potential solutions emerges. See below:


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