Archive - Jun 2007


June 30th

June 28, 2007--San Juan Conservation District saving land and water, serving the country (Pagosa Springs SUN)

The San Juan Conservation District celebrates its' 60th anniversary. The District's history is based in many of the themes of rural America--as well as a touchstone of American History, the Dust Bowl. As if economic hardship were not enough, the Great Depression brought with it the most violent drought in American history.

June 28, 2007--Chemical traces taint rivers in Colorado (Denver Post)

Tiny amounts of antidepressants, hormones and detergent residues are making their way into river water in and around Colorado. Studies in Boulder and other U.S. cities have found fish with both make and female sex parts and populations of fish with many times more females than males. Some cities are piloting pharmaceutical-buyback programs to keep people from dumping old drugs down the toilet.

June 28, 2007--New Mexico senators plan to fight Bush on water pipeline for Navajo Nation (Albuquerque Tribune)

Two Bush administration officials told Navajo and New Mexico officials that President Bush, who has spent $2.3 billion on water projects in Iraq, is opposed to spending $900 million so that some of the four in 10 Navajo families who haul water can get access to a water pipeline.

June 25, 2007--Pueblo to share water rights under settlement agreement (Indian Country)

The parties in two long-standing Indian water rights disputes are one step closer to settling their cases now that Taos Pueblo has signed an agreement to share its San Juan-Chama Project water with four other pueblos.

June 26, 2007--Dusty snow blamed for faster melting (Denver Post)

Desert dust loosened by cattle's hooves and miners' machinery is blowing onto Colorado's snowcapped mountains, catching the sun and making snow melt faster--more than a month faster. The snowpack 150 years ago was probably much cleaner, and by being cleaner, it lasted longer, potentially weeks longer.

June 26, 2007--What's next for MGS?

The Mohave Generating Station (MGS) in California will not reopen. The owners had been committed to investing more than $1.1 billion in environmental upgrades, but were prevented from doing so because they were asked to discontinue using an essential plant water source, called the N-Aquifer.

June 26, 2007--Dallabetta Park opens on Animas (Durango Herald)

Dallabetta Park opened with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, giving rafters a place to rest and preserving the legacy of a longtime Durango family. The park offers two river take-outs and two picnic shelters. It covers 6.8 acres, with 800 feet of shoreline for anglers, adding to Durango's much-cherished reputation as a mecca for outdoor activities.

June 23, 2007--Kayakers, rafters beat the heat at Durango's improved water park (Farmington Daily Times)

The city of Durango spent $10,000 this winter and five days cleaning up damage in the white water park caused by late-season floods. The Animas River peaked a second time in October 2006 after a deluge hammered the region with up to 2.6 inches of rain. The storms sent mud, downed trees and rocks rushing through the river and blew apart the man-made features.

June 23, 2007--The dehydrated states of America (The Globe and Mail)

Two items on the inventory of a decade of drought in northern Arizona: stressed trees that are succumbing to beetle infestations--die-off, it's called--and tinder forests at risk of fire. Every year it gets worse. This is not simply a question of a local ecosystem at risk.

June 29th

June 21, 2007--PAWSD to examine policy following Rock Ridge hearing (Pagosa Springs SUN)

Developers face a potential financial hurdle in the amount of $859,000 to cover apparent costs associated with upgrading the domestic water system in an area referred to as the Stevens Pressure Zone. According to PAWSD officials, the zone generally serves the Knolls Ranch and Piedra Estates subdivisions and surrounding area, and is fed by holding tanks located at Stevens Reservoir.