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July 27, 2015--Feds face another clean water lawsuit (Summit Voice)

There will be yet more legal wrangling over a new federal clean water rule, as conservation groups said last week they will sue to plug some loopholes that could open the door for more pollution in wetlands and streams. At issue is the so-called Waters of the U.S. rule finalized by the EPA and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in May.


July 27, 2015--Water-efficiency upgrades urged for Southwest (Arizona Central)

Arizona and the Southwest are dumping too much water down the drain, but the waste could be reduced by efficiency upgrades that pay for themselves, a conservation group contends. Governments and utilities already save energy nationwide through the use of performance contracts — deals that pay contractors only for proven cost savings.


July 26, 2015--Water bosses: Colorado will have enough water if managed right (Colorado Public Radio)

Even in the face of climate change and a growing population, Colorado can have enough water in the future. That's according to three water managers from around the state.


July 25, 2015--Managing the future of Hermosa Creek (Durango Herald)

Campsites, roads, wildlife habitat and all the other aspects of the Hermosa Creek area are getting special scrutiny this year as part of an extended planning project. Congress designated the Hermosa Creek Wilderness and Special Management Area in December. Now, as part of the law that created the management area, the San Juan National Forest must decide what rules and projects


July 24, 2015--Colorado's water plan: An end to mega projects? (High Country News)

Underneath the surface of Colorado’s new water plan is an unspoken acknowledgment: the days of moving large amounts of water up and over the Rockies are probably done. On July 7, the second draft of the statewide plan was released, the latest step in a decade-long process that will direct how Colorado’s water should be managed for years to come.