Archive - Nov 2007

November 30th

November 30, 2007--New grant may help solve septic problems (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Septic disposal is a growing problem for Montrose County and Western Slope communities, but a new grant proposal may help fund a solution. Randy See, manager of the West Montrose Sanitation District, submitted the $100,000 grant proposal Thursday to the state’s Energy and Mineral Impact Assistance program.

November 30, 2007--EPA examines local septic haulers (Montrose Press)

The Environmental Protection Agency has requested records of local septic waste haulers following an audit request from county governments, treatment facilities and haulers. “This is a rare situation,” EPA pretreatment enforcement coordinator Aaron Urdiales said.

November 30, 2007--Dam makes cut in water study (Pueblo Chieftain)

A dam on Fountain Creek will receive further study under the Fountain Creek Watershed Plan, the technical advisory committee agreed Thursday. The move came after a morning of discussion about the plan with the Army Corps of Engineers, which plans to use $150,000 to complete a $3 million study of Fountain Creek by March.

November 29, 2007--Illegal dumping of sewage waste concerns drive multi-jurisdictional task force (Telluride Watch)

Western Slope directors of the region’s septic tank disposal facilities are currently trying to come to grips with a creeping dilemma and a possible environmental hazard: With recent changes to the costs of disposing of such hazardous, and quite unpleasant materials, where is it all to go, and, where is what cannot be accounted for going now?

November 29, 2007--State's future water status: crisis (Desert Sun)

Worry over California's future water supply has reached "crisis" levels in government and among water agencies. But concern by most Californians over the issue is still at a trickle, officials said at the Association of California Water Agencies' annual fall conference on Wednesday.

November 30, 2007--Water officials discuss `compact call' (Durango Herald)

Water experts from across the Western Slope gathered to talk about their nightmare scenario: a legal demand from California, Arizona and Nevada to send more water down the rivers. It's known as a "compact call," and it has never happened since the Colorado River Compact was signed in 1922.

November 29th

November 29, 2007--District will cap smelly sewage (Cortez Journal)

The Cortez Sanitation District plans to erect a building over a troublesome area at its sewage plant that causes odors to drift into a neighboring trailer park. District Manager Jay Conner said he hopes to have a metal structure over the grit building and head works by next summer, before the weather heats up and intensifies odors again.

November 28, 2007--Water boards to discuss management (Durango Herald)

Uncertainty about what could happen if predictions of global warming prove accurate or the Southwest suffers another drought have become the root of concern of two Western Colorado water districts.