Archive - Dec 2007

December 31, 2007--Water underground: Wells playing more of part in supply (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water users are looking at ways to store water in the ground. Today, about 18 percent of the state’s population depends on wells for water supply. In fact, the fastest-growing areas in the state are located above the Denver Basin aquifers, a series of deep underground reserves not physically connected with any of the surface water supplies of the state.

December 30th

December 30, 2007--Three million reasons to worry about water in Colorado (Durango Herald)

More than 4.7 million people live in Colorado today. By 2035, an additional 3 million people are expected to move here. And there are no plans to make sure they all have water. That's because cities and counties decide how and where to grow. Water providers don't have veto power over growth.

December 29, 2007--Global warming to alter Calif. landscape (Denver Post)

Because 35 percent of the state's water supply is stored annually in the Sierra snowpack, changes to that hydrologic system will lead to far-reaching consequences for California and its ever-growing population. Some transformations already are apparent, from the Sierra high country to the great valleys that have made California the nation's top agricultural state.

December 29th

December 29, 2007--Arkansas Valley Conduit finally moving ahead (Pueblo Chieftain)

In the 1950s, when legislation for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project perpetually languished in Congress, the need for clean drinking water in the Lower Arkansas Valley was often mentioned. High salinity in the Arkansas River makes the water largely undrinkable and most communities depend on wells for their supplies.

December 28, 2007--December snow not done yet (Durango Herald)

The early winter snow has belied fears that a La Niña weather pattern could create drought conditions in 2008. Snowpack levels in the Dolores, San Miguel, Animas and Upper Rio Grande river basins are between 120 percent and 150 percent of normal.

December 28, 2007--Oil, gas well effects hard to pin down (Rocky Mountain News)

Health research hasn't kept pace with Colorado's gas and oil boom, where people and energy drilling increasingly share the landscape.

December 28th

December 28, 2007--Mercury levels may be high in mountains (Durango Herald)

High levels of mercury are falling in the San Juan Mountains, according to early results from a study. The Mountain Studies Institute reported the finding in its December newsletter. Mercury is a poisonous substance that comes from a variety of sources, including coal power plants.

December 28, 2007--Stronghold in the war over water (Colorado Springs Gazette)

As foreign invaders go, tamarisk, a flowery plant that grows along creeks and rivers, may not seem the most insidious. But it may be the thirstiest — a single plant can consume 200 gallons of water a day. In Colorado, where water is a precious commodity, officials have long struggled with ways to deal with the prolific and tenacious plant.

December 28, 2007--Area snowpack is highest in state (Alamosa News)

Currently standing at well above average, snowpack in the Rio Grande Basin is higher than any other river basin in the state, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division III Assistant Division Engineer Craig Cotten said on Thursday.