Archive - Mar 2007


March 30th

March 17, 2007--Director of public service changes (Cortez Jounal)

Cortez director of public works is stepping down from his position and into a new one with the city. Bruce Smart will leave his post as the city's public works director as soon as it's filled and occupy a new slot as Cortez's water-plant manager.

March 16, 2007--Responsible move (Pueblo Chieftain)

While thirsty cities to the north cast covetous eyes on Arkansas Rive water, there is still plenty of demand for more water in the Arkansas Valley. That was made abundantly clear after the Pueblo Board of Water Works sought proposals for one-time leases of excess water the utility's staff anticipates will be available this year.

March 15, 2007--High cost roils future for whitewater park (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The news regarding the proposed whitewater park just east of Palisade was disappointing but hardly surprising. Constructing the park along with a new endangered-fish passage will cost $2.9 million--$1.9 million more than backers of the park have raised to date. Those backers have only until April 12 to raise the additional funds.

March 15, 2007--Dolores River health goes on agenda (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores River Dialogue group has been meeting for four years to discuss the 130-mile portion of the river below the McPhee Dam...More than anything, the group brings together a community-minded effort...Fisheries is the No.

March 15, 2007--Invasive tamarisk can drink 300 gallons of water in 1 day (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma County residents who have battled with the invasive tamarisk, or salt cedar, could find relief in the form of a beetle. The Colorado Department of Agriculture is introducing a beetle--the only know n natural enemy of the tamarisk. The tamarisk is an invasive, nonnative plant that was originally brought to the United States from Asia to control erosion.

March 19, 207-Roundtable strives to define role for state (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Arkansas Basin Roundtable approved three new applications totaling $245,000, which will be submitted for Colorado Water Conservation Board  consideration in May: A grant of $50,000 for interim funding for a weighing lysimeter at the Colorado State University Agricultural Research Center; a grant of $75,000 for the Fountain Creek Vision Committee process--the money would pay for a facilita

March 17, 207-Weather leaves rafters dry for Dolores (Cortez Journal)

If the warm, windy weather continues, people who like to raft the Lower Dolores River won't be happy.The reservoir won't fill this year if the current weather conditions continue. That means there will be no spills and rafting won't be possible. But there will be enough water to satisfy all the irrigation and drinking water needs.

March 14, 207-Water rules called burden (Albuquerque Journal)

More than a third of New Mexico's 1,282 public water systems serve fewer than 500 customers each, and a state water official says stricter federal drinking water standards are a burden for those systems...Thirty New Mexico community water systems face fines or a state takeover if they fail to met water quality and operation standards.

March 14, 207-Hearing on water discussed (Albuquerque Journal)

Santa Fe county commissions are considering holding a public hearing to answer questions about the county's application to the state engineer to transfer water rights on 19 possible well locations.With its application, the county potentially has the chance to gain 10 acre-feet of water rights from developers.

March 14, 2007--County adopts water conservation law (Albuquerque Journal)

Water conservation is going county-wide. Bernalillo County commissioners adopted a water-conservation ordinance that covers people who live in the unincorporated areas. The regulations largely match what is already in place for Albuquerque residents and businesses. The plan imposes time-of-day watering restrictions that limit when people can run their sprinklers.