Hydropower

Two West Slope Water Conservation Districts Jointly Adopt Principles for Addressing Colorado River Drought Conditions

The two Water Conservation Districts that comprise the entire Colorado River basin in Colorado adopted implementation principles concerning how the current, extended drought conditions are addressed on the Colorado River’s storage system.

March 22, 2015--Will California's drought affect hydroelectric power? (Christian Science Monitor)

For California, now in its fourth year of drought, the record low snowfall, in addition to the lack of rain, is beginning to hamper the state’s supply of hydroelectric energy. This winter California received only 12 percent of its average snowpack, meaning that there will be dramatically less runoff into the rivers and dams across the Sierra Nevada this spring. “We&#3


March 11, 2015--Homebuilders’ biggest issues: Water, immigrant labor (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado needs to move quickly on high elevation water storage projects, homebuilders told U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on Tuesday. New houses need new water taps, Bob Jenkins of the Colorado chapter of the National Homebuilders Association said in a meeting Tuesday with Tipton.


January 18, 2015--Agricultural hydropower projects coming to Colorado (Telluride Daily Planet)

A Telluride hydroelectric advocacy organization announced Thursday a $1.8 million grant awarded to the Colorado Department of Agriculture by the United States Department of Agriculture to support the development of agricultural hydropower projects in the state.


January 16, 2015--Federal grant money flows to West Slope water projects (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Nearly $10 million in federal funding will go to boost water efficiency in the Gunnison Basin and boost the generation of electricity from irrigation systems.


January 6, 2015--Small-scale hydropower projects are rising source of renewable energy (Rocky Mountain PBS)

A prime example of the future of hydropower is perched in the rugged peaks outside the southwestern Colorado town of Silverton. This is no behemoth new dam blocking one if America’s rivers. It’s a humming generator no bigger than a wheelbarrow, pulling in water from a mountain stream and making enough power to serve 10 homes.


December 10, 2014--Lake Powell’s low water level plays into water supply (Cortez Journal)

Colorado water managers are keeping a close eye on the historically low reservoir levels at Lake Powell. Under the Colorado River Compact, the major river is divided between upper basin states and lower basin states.


December 2, 2014--Hoover Dam low water to double water costs to SoCal (Cal Watchdog.com)

California is facing yet another drought-caused water and energy shortage from an unexpected source. Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric power may have to be curtailed if the water level drops below 1,000 feet, an elevation it last reached in May 1936, when the reservoir was still being filled.


November 22, 2014--Panel recommends $650 million Lake Mead project, rate hike (Las Vegas Journal)

A community advisory committee is recommending a new $650 million water project — and a rate hike to pay for it — to secure the Las Vegas Valley’s water supply even under a worst case scenario at Lake Mead.


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