Water Transfers

February 16, 2016--Water managers want to talk about basin diversions (Aspen Daily News)

Two members of a committee dedicated to the “equitable division of the state’s waters” from the Arkansas basin want to talk about moving more water from Western Slope rivers to thirsty towns and farms east of the Continental Divide. “I think the discussion needs to be pushed,” said Jeris Danielson, who is director of the Purgatoire River Water Conservancy Dist


January 15, 2016--California Governor Brown pushes big water project amid drought (Reuters)

California Governor Jerry Brown warned on Thursday of near-apocalyptic water shortages if his $15 billion plan to divert water from a Northern California river for use elsewhere gets bogged down in political and environmental disputes. The plan to remove water north of the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, the fragile source of much of the state's drinking water, is opposed by many e


November 6, 2015--Water plan may emphasize storage (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Building a transmountain diversion in Colorado is one thing — 11 on a difficulty scale of 5 — but increasing water storage might be far easier, the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board said. The board is nearing completion of the state’s first water plan, which Gov.


March 22, 2015--Colorado farm sales raise water worries (Albuquerque Journal)

Farmers on the Fort Lyon Canal are worried about their water supplies following news that 14,600 acres of farms on the Fort Lyon Canal are being sold, with the price of some land going up to $3,600 an acre. Farmers say that makes it too costly to use the land for growing corn and hay. Pure Cycle Corp.


March 21, 2015--With epic drought, is it time for a national water policy? (USA Today)

More than half the United States is experiencing some form of drought. California is in emergency status, left with a year's worth of water in its reservoirs to service its population.


October 15, 2014--The Columbia, a gem of a notion (Californian)

We can no longer waste our precious fresh water. Instead of just dumping the Columbia River into the Pacific Ocean at Astoria, Ore., we should recycle it. In less than six months, America could install a 25-foot diameter poly pipe upon the continental shelf, annually transporting 25 million acre feet of clean fresh water to California.


October 11, 2014--How will Colorado’s water plan address West-East water transfers? (Post Independent)

As the first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan nears completion (it’s due in December), many who have participated in its development remain anxious about what will and won’t be in it — particularly in relation to the potential for more West Slope water to be transported east to serve growing cities on the Front Range.


October 8, 2014--SA's Texas water exchange is first of its kind in Western Hemisphere (ABC)

"There's money to be made off water,” said Anastasia Valdes, CEO of the Texas Water Exchange. In some cases, there is a lot of money to be made off of the resource. As a result, Texans are starting to lease and sell the commodity in large quantities.


September 5, 2014--Ag leader stresses need for more options in Colorado Water Plan to protect farms and ranches (Colorado corn)

Colorado Corn board member and Colorado Agricultural Water Alliance (CAWA) president Charlie Bartlett recently voiced concerns about the Colorado Water Plan draft, stressing to officials that it focuses too much on alternative water transfer methods as the way to protect agriculture, and not enough on other avenues, like new water-storage projects.


March 29, 2014--Court finds fault with federal water transfer regulation (Chicago Tribune)

U.S. District Judge Kenneth Karas of the Southern District of New York ordered the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to go back to the drawing board on one aspect of the 2008 regulation. The regulation, known as the water transfers rule, exempts transfers from the national water discharge permit program that is administered by the EPA.


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