February 3, 2007--Western Slope Starved for Water Despite Snow (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The 2007 water year began in October, and it looks like it's shaping up to be wetter than normal for Grand Junction, which has received 147 percent of its normal precipitation...But tha's deceiving because the area had an exceptionally wet October, followed by a series of drier months.

February 3, 2007--Western Droughts Could Become Norm, Say Climate Scientists (Rocky Mountain News)

Average temperatures in the West could rise 7 degrees by the end of the century because of global warming, with drought-like conditions becoming the new norm. Some of the world's most advanced climate models suggest that Colorado precipitation levels will remain roughly constant as temperatures climb.

February 2, 2007--Resort Awaits Court Ruling on Snowmaking (Rocky Mountain News)

For the third time in four years, the Arizona Snowbowl north of Flagstaff opened late because of a lack of snow cover. Some people insist that the 68-year-old ski resort needs artificial snowmaking equipment, which would have allowed the facility to open on the first week of December.

February 1, 2007--Montana Sues Wyoming Over Water (Casper Star Tribune)

The state of Montana filed suit with the U.S. Supreme Court against Wyoming over water rights, claiming Wyoming's excessive use of water from two river systems is leaving downstream Montana ranches and farms dry. The dispute over the Tongue and Powder rivers marks a sharp escalation in a water fight between the two states. The region is suffering through a prolonged drought dating to 1999.

January 27, 2007--Dolores Tamarisk Control Group (Cortez Journal)

A coordinated, "top-down" approach was initiated in 2004/2005 to control a new, fast spreading tamarisk infestation around McPhee reservoir as a result of drought conditions...Mapping indicated tamarisk infestation of more than 200 acres over 50 miles of shoreline...The program has been expanded to include Narraguinnep reservoir, Totten reservoir and the canal systems of the Dolores Wate

January 28, 2007--Don't Waste the Money (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] State water officials and Western Slope lawmakers are looking at a water appropriations bill that could lead to a study examining the possible availability of water in Blue Mesa Reservoir for transmountain diversion to the Front Range...Any such study would be a complete waste of tax dollars until another important issue regarding the Gunnison River--the quantification of water rights

January 27, 2007--Mercury Levels Prompt Health Warning (Cortez Journal)

Elevated levels of mercury have been found in fish in five Colorado reservoirs including Horsetooth, Horseshoe, Totten, Purdy and Trinidad...There are several debates regarding where and how the mercury is getting into fish, but the most likely source is power plants...At least 44 states have been conducting mercury sampling and all are finding elevated mercury levels...The EPA has directed states

January 27, 2007--Water Manager: Climate Change to Ebb State's Flows (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The science that says water supplies in Colorado will shrivel with the onset of climate change is nearly a sure bet. A slate of scientific studies have led water managers to conclude the state can no longer look to the past to predict the future when it comes to forecasting water supplies. The Rocky Mountains will simply get drier in the long run.

January 26, 2007--Can There Ever be Fair Value for Water? (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Water rights in Colorado could get special legal protection from condemnation under a bill introduced in the state Legislature. It's not hard to understand why the measure has gathered support form a variety of interest groups.

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.

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