In The News

January 27, 2007--Water Tops State's Priorities (Cortez Journal)

Gov. Bill Ritter told the Colorado Water Congress that conservation will be the top priority as the state tries to solve its water problems, and that conservation has to include agriculture. Then look at recycling projects and sharing agreements between cities and farmers. And, as a last option, build more reservoirs.


January 25, 2007--Water-Quality Bill Clears Panel (Denver Post)

A proposal to strengthen state water-quality law that has failed at the Capitol the past six years won initial approval, with lawmakers predicting this is the year it finally will survive.


January 24, 2007--State Begins Impact Study of Drilling on Water Rights (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Colorado Geological Survey is beginning a six-month study of the Raton and Piceance basins to determine whether water from coal-bed methane drilling is connected to surface water supplies. There are rules that make oil and gas production exempt from state water rights. The purpose of this study will be to see if coal-bed methane drilling is an injury to other water rights.


January 15, 2007--Utility Aims to Put Water Underground (Albuquerque Journal)

The Albuquerque city-county water utility is investigating the effectiveness of recharging the aquifer by dumping river water into an arroyo, where it will seep into the ground naturally. The method could be a good way to store water underground--a savings account of sorts that could be tapped later.


January 23, 2007--Tapping Used Water (Denver Post)

The city of Aurora is working on a $754 million Prairie Waters Project to extract water from the South Platte River, treat it and pipe it to customers--a process that will increase Aurora's water supply by 20 percent. "This is the wave of the future," said Glenn Bodnar, drinking-water specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.