In The News

January 14, 2007--New Mexico Runoff Looks Better for This Year (Farmington Daily Times)

Rain last summer and snow this winter have improved the odds for a better water year along the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico. Elephant Butte Irrigation District water engineer Phil King said farmers will likely get 9 acre-inches of water to start the season--about two-thirds of the 14 acre-inches they received during the entire season last year.


January 15, 2007--Recent Blizzards Fill Denver Water's Reservoirs (Durango Herald)

For only the second time, Denver Water's reservoirs gained storage during the month of December, thanks to back-to-back snowstorms. The last time that happened was when the 1982 Christmas blizzard hit the Front Range. After years of drought, the two river basins on the Eastern Plains are both well ahead of the rest of the state, which averages 98 percent.


January 9, 2007--Possible Reservoir Feasibility Study Angers Some at Meeting (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A possible $500,000 feasibility study for a Blue Mesa Reservoir pumpback proposal sparked the ire of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable members. Generally unhappy about the the possibility of water being pumped to the Front Range from Mesa Reservoir, roundtable members disagreed about the possibility without knowing whether there's enough water available to send over the Continential Divide.


January 5, 2007--Ritter Picks Natural Resources Chief (Den-AP)

Governor-elect Bill Ritter has appointed Harris Sherman, former head of the Department of Natural Resources, to return as executive director. Sherman served as head of the Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1980 under former Governor Dick Lamm.

January 10, 2007--State Settles with Southern N.M. Farmers Over Water Meters (Farmington Daily Times)

The state engineer and disgruntled farmers have reached an agreement in a dispute over a state requirement for meters on groundwater wells. Eventually, meters will be used to enforce water rights. Under the settlement, the state will require meters on wells, but farmers who are working to comply won't have their wells shut off in the meantime.