Archive - Oct 2007


October 23, 2007--Nucla to receive half million dollars (San Miguel Basin Forum)

The Department of Local Affairs recently awarded the Town of Nucla a half million dollars. The funding will be used to replace the 12 foot main water line in an area that has seen its share of problems.

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October 22, 2007--Water rights making waves (Craig Daily Press)

A Western Slope lawmaker is considering legislation that would give the state of Colorado authority over all future water rights. State Sen.

October 22, 2007--Efforts made to restore clarity of Grand Lake (Pueblo Chieftain)

Once known for its clear, blue waters, Grand Lake was turned green this summer by algae, prompting action by people distressed about the future of the state’s largest natural lake that is also a major conduit of water for the Front Range. In the summer, the algae levels were so high that a first-ever drinking-water ban was imposed.

October 22, 2007--Study: Wastewater discharge changes male fish to female (Fort Morgan Times)

The South Platte River is 90 percent wastewater below the city of Denver 90 percent of the year, according to Colorado University Integrative Physiology Professor David Norris. “All rivers in the Western United States are wastewater dominated,” he said at Morgan Community College Thursday.

October 21, 2007--The future is drying up (New York Times)

Scientists sometimes refer to the effect a hotter world will have on this country’s fresh water as the other water problem, because global warming more commonly evokes the specter of rising oceans submerging our great coastal cities.

October 21, 2007--River treasure vs. U.S. security (Arizona Daily Star)

The San Pedro River is a thin, quiet stream as it cuts north across the U.S.-Mexico border about 3 miles south of this Arizona town. Tucked out of sight from the rest of the border by towering cottonwood trees that line its banks, this spot's only sounds are the wind rustling through the leaves and birds chirping above.

October 20, 2007--Preston joins Dolores Water Conservancy District (Radio Weblogs)

Montezuma County resident Mike Preston took over the lead administrator position Monday, and he is happy to be there. "This is a really great organization. The people have excellent talent," Preston said Tuesday, his second day on the job. For the past 28 years, Preston has worked for Fort Lewis College as an advisor.

October 20, 2007--Bessemer buy aims to increase security (Pueblo Chieftain)

A plan to secure the Bessemer Ditch for use in Pueblo County will position the city well for the future while adjusting the water supply to changing conditions, water board officials told a crowd Friday. "The time is right, if you look what’s happening along the Front Range,” said Alan Hamel, executive director of the water board.

October 20, 2007--S. Platte water ruling (Rocky Mountain News)

More than 200 wells along the South Platte River - roughly half the number ordered shut down in May 2006 - may be allowed to start pumping again, but only if they can meet stiff new requirements for replenishing the river.

October 19, 2007--Partners would share water separately (Pueblo Chieftain)

A proposed agreement between the Pueblo Board of Water Works and Pueblo West clearly keeps the water systems, water rights acquisitions and legal fees separate, while forming a common work plan for purchases on the Bessemer Ditch. The agreement was approved this week by the water board as part of a package aimed at acquiring a controlling interest in Bessemer Ditch.