San Luis Valley

October 25, 2013--Wolfe to irrigators: Comply or shut down (Valley Courier)

Colorado Division of Water Resources State Engineer Dick Wolfe and Deputy State Engineer Michael Sullivan reminded the large crowd attending a well rules advisory committee meeting on Thursday they mean business about implementing groundwater regulations. "You are going to get shut off," Wolfe responded to a question on Thursday about what will happen to irrigators who neither ha


June 18, 2011--Engineer urges valley not to overdraft water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought conditions on the San Luis Valley floor have prompted the state engineer to urge farmers to conserve water while federal agricultural officials consider requesting a disaster designation for the area. State Engineer Dick Wolfe said in open letter to valley water users this week that any overdraft of the valley's aquifers will have to be repaid down the road.

February 25, 2011--Colorado: Spring weather outlook is on the dry side (Summit Voice)

If the experts with NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center are right, this winter’s La Niña tap of moisture may slow to a trickle the next few months. The latest outlook, covering March through May, suggests there’s a 30 percent chance that most of Colorado will experience above average temperatures and below normal precipitation during the period.


November 16, 2010--CDOW: New regs aim at stopping spread of invasive species (Citizens Voice)

“The spread of aquatic nuisance species is a serious problem that threatens to disrupt our fisheries and potentially restrict angler opportunity,” said Colorado Division of Wildlife commission chairman Tim Glenn.


April 23, 2010--State water committee honors Wright (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Interbasin Compact Committee honored the memory of San Luis Valley water leader Ray Wright Thursday. Wright, 56, and Doug Shriver, 53, both of Monte Vista, were killed when snow collapsed the roof of a cabin they were working on near Creede in March.


September 29, 2009--San Luis Valley groundwater plan faulted (Pueblo Chieftain)

Opponents of a plan to reduce groundwater pumping in the north-central part of the San Luis Valley renewed their arguments Monday that the proposal did not do enough to protect senior surface water users.

September 23, 2009--RiGHT gets $1 million grant (Del Norte Prospector)

The Rio Grande Headwaters Land Trust (RiGHT) has been awarded their second $1 million grant from the North American Wetlands Conservation Act (NAWCA) toward conservation of the Rio Grande corridor in the San Luis Valley. The funds were approved at the Sept. 9 meeting of the national Migratory Bird Conservation Commission.

September 9, 2009--Water group reviews basin priorities (Valley Courier)

Nobody knows “everything there is to know about San Luis Valley water,” but one of the goals of the Rio Grande Inter Basin Roundtable is to gather and disseminate as much information as possible.

July 22, 2009--Water board to study solar plants (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Rio Grande Water Conservation District will refrain from taking a position on the possible effects of solar development on agricultural water use for now.

July 14, 2009--Water group gives sub-district a boost (Alamosa Valley Courier)

The Rio Grande Inter Basin Roundtable on Tuesday approved $31,500 from its basin funds to help the San Luis Valley’s first water management sub-district finish up a CREP (Conservation Reserve Enhancement P

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