Archive - May 2007


May 30, 2007--Senators Allard and Salazar fight to preserve water delivery for southwest Colorado (Salazar Press Release)

Nearly 60 years ago, the Mancos Project irrigation canal was built, delivering water from Jackson Gulch Dam to residents, farms and businesses in Montezuma County...The Mancos Project is now badly in need or rehabilitation.

May 30, 2007--City Council sets priorities (Durango Herald)

The Durango City Council held a study session to identify its priorities for the year...Among the issues the council considered: developing an adequate public-facilities ordinance to fund water, sewer, storm-water and transportation facilities.

May 30, 2007--What they're saying about the administration's farm bill proposal (USDA Press Release)

Global warming and the need for renewable energy resources have now caused Agriculture Secretary Mike Johanns to work for the "greenest"--and most economically rational farm bill in U.S. history.

May 30th

May 25, 2007--Study says impact of Rio Grande diversion plan would be `minimal' (The New Mexican)

Plans to directly divert flows from the Rio Grande near Santa Fe shouldn't harm the endangered silvery minnow or cause other serious harm to the environment, says an analysis released this week by the U.S.

May 27, 2007--Use water like it's still 2002 (Denver Post)

...A group of metro-area city executives gathered outside the state Capitol to make a simple plea to their constituents: Keep saving water...Continue to use water like it was 2002. Recent drought years and utility conservation programs have put a big dent in water use.

May 24th

May 22, 2007--Colorado releases water to fulfill pact with Kansas, Nebraska (Denver Post)

In efforts to fulfill a three-state water compact, the state engineer ordered that water be released from a reservoir in northeastern Colorado.

May 23, 2007--Local groups appeal plan to drill in HDs (Durango Herald)

A coalition of local environmental groups, the Archuleta County Board of Commissioners and others filed an appeal challenging the U.S. Forest Service's move to approve new gas wells in the HD Mountains.

May 22, 2007--Report `step forward' for Desert Rock (Durango Herald)

Desert Rock Energy Project took a significant step toward construction with the release of a draft Environmental Impact Statement that found nothing to stand in its way...The EIS describes several potential impacts of the power plant to air, water and human health...Desert Rock would cause small increases in mercury and selenium deposits that could reach the San Juan River or Morgan Lake...However

May 21, 2007--The agitation continues (Denver Post)

...For the last 25 years, Jeanne Englert (who passed away October 2006), campaigned for a change to the public election of directors of water conservancy districts. There are more than 50 of them...Although they vary greatly in size, they can all levy taxes and condemn private property for water projects.