March 13, 2009--Area's water conservancy district gets windfall from Appropriations Act (Greeley Tribune)

The Central Colorado Water Conservancy District has received $376,000 from the Omnibus Appropriations Act of 2009 passed by the U.S. Senate earlier this week.

March 12, 2009--Global warming to carry big costs for California (Denver Post)

From agricultural losses to devastation wrought by wildfires, California's economy is expected to see significant costs resulting from global warming in the decades ahead, according to a report presented W

March 10, 2009--South Platte water bill on way to Colo. governor (Denver Post)

A bill offering help to farmers who use irrigation wells along the South Platte River is on its way to the governor, who plans to sign it. The Senate gave final approval Monday to House Bill 1174, which would excuse the farmers from having to replace water their wells drew before March 15, 1974, from an aquifer that supplies the river.

March 10, 2009--Colorado crafts plan to fight off invading mussels (Greeley Tribune)

Zebra and Quagga mussels have been discovered in Colorado lakes and reservoirs, brought in by recreational vehicles. Because of their propensity to reproduce rapidly, they could soon present a problem for irrigation and reservoir companies, communities and industry.

March 10, 2009--State Engineer: Water needs will only rise (Greeley Tribune)

Unless new water supplies are found to serve a growing population along the South Platte River, pressure will continue to be put on agriculture to provide water for new residents, a state water official said Monday.

March 10, 2009--Climate change accelerates water hunt in U.S. west (Environmental News Network)

Water raised leafy green Los Angeles from the desert and filled arid valleys with the nation's largest fruit and vegetable crop. Each time more water was needed, another megaproject was built, from dams of the major rivers to a canal stretching much of the length of the state. But those methods are near their end.

March 7, 2009--Jackson Gulch officials tap D.C. (Cortez Journal)

Board members and staff of the Mancos Water Conservancy District made another trip to Washington, D.C., this past week to talk with legislators about a bill that will appropriate funds to the district for repairing and rehabilitating the Jackson Gulch Canal near Mancos. The bill has passed through the Senate but is still sitting in the House of Representatives for approval.

March 6, 2009--Colorado State University testing use of graywater for irrigation (Fort Collins Coloradoan)

To better manage water resources, states like Colorado may soon rely heavily on graywater - the non-potable water that flows from showers, bathroom sinks and washing machines.Using graywater to fill up toilets and irrigate landscapes could cut down household water use by around half, according to researchers at Colorado State University's Urban Water Center.

March 5, 2009--Lower Ark residents win ruling in suit (Pueblo Chieftain)

A judge has denied Aurora's request to question four Arkansas River Valley landowners who are suing the city to oppose water from being exported from the valley. U.S. District Judge Philip Brimmer, in a decision made public Wednesday, ruled Aurora is not legally entitled to question the landowners through pre-trial depositions. Aurora earlier argued it needed to depose the landowners under oath as part of the city's attempt to show that the landowners don't have the right - known by the legal term ‘"standing" - to bring the lawsuit.