In The News

June 1, 2015--‘Where’s the beef’ in Colorado’s water plan? (Colorado Independent)

The first draft of Colorado’s new water plan offered plenty of background information about the state’s water, but didn’t say exactly what can be done to avoid a looming water-supply gap. By 2050, the state could be short billions of gallons per year — twice as much as Denver now uses annually.


May 31, 2015--Extra water savings likely addition to State Water Plan (KUNC)

Colorado's water plan will probably include additional conservation measures from cities and industrial users. That's what members of the state's Interbasin Compact Committee agreed to at a meeting May 20. The specifics are still being worked out, but the added conservation could save 400,000 acre-feet of water.


May 29, 2015--Rains bring incomplete drought relief to parts of Southwest (High Country News)

Much of Colorado has been getting soaked. "Last I checked we lived in a high mountain desert not a temperate rainforest," a friend of mine on the Western Slope quipped on Instagram, under a photo of two Adirondack chairs swallowed by grass higher than their arms. Here in New Mexico, people are getting grumpy.


May 29, 2015--PAWSD sees results of fixed leak (Pagosa Sun)

The April water loss update for the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) presented last week showed that the district’s total water loss fell to nearly half of the prior month. Much of that improvement is contributed to a significant water break that was discovered and repaired near North Pagosa Boulevard, just below the Village Lake dam.


May 28, 2015--Extreme rainfall becoming more common, new analysis finds (Huff Post)

As floodwaters ravage Texas and Oklahoma, a new analysis finds that heavy downpours have increased dramatically since 1950. And scientists project that precipitation patterns will become increasingly erratic as the climate changes. The Northeast had a 31 percent increase in heavy downpours between the 1950 to 1959 period and the 2005 to 2014 period.