Archive - Aug 2007


August 31, 2007--County weighs water rules (Durango Herald)

New, tougher standards for solving long-term water supplies in new developments will be up for approval by La Plata County commissioners. The standards would require all but very small subdivisions to conduct groundwater studies and also would require water-quality testing. Among the thornies isssues addressed in the standards is water hauling.

August 27, 2007--Lawmakers see more action on water in '08 (Pueblo Chieftain)

Stabilizing funding for water projects and research is at the top of the list for state lawmakers as they look ahead to the 2008 session. “I think we’re going to be more active in 2008 than in ’07,” Rep. Kathleen Curry, D-Gunnison, chairwoman of the House Agriculture Committee told the Colorado Water Congress last week.

August 27, 2007--Reservoirs bounce back from drought (Pueblo Chieftain)

Reservoir levels throughout the state have recovered to pre-drought levels. “It’s taken us five years to recover from the drought of 2002, but we’ve got a long way to go before we’re back in the good old days of the early 1990s,” Mike Gillespie of the Natural Resources Conservation Service told the Colorado Water Congress last week.

August 29, 2007--Suit seeks records on Navajo water documentary (Free New Mexican)

An attorney for some San Juan River irrigators filed a lawsuit in Bernalillo District Court against KNME-TV, Albuquerque Public Schools, the State Engineer’s Office and others, seeking public records on a documentary aired in January about Navajo water problems.

August 28, 2007--Study assesses Vallecito flood risk (Durango Herald)

Nearly a year after floods swept away vehicles and eroded river banks around Vallecito Creek, residents of the area expressed concern about potentially deadly floods in the valley. Jay Powell, president of the Vallecito Community Council, told La Plata County commissioners that new data showed the threat was worse than previously estimated.

August 28, 2007--Group opposes Pine River water district expansion (Durango Herald)

Opposition is mounting to a proposal that could put the Pine River Irrigation District in the water business far beyond its current involvement.

August 27, 2007--Tribe urges action on water crisis (Arizona Daily Sun)

Leaders of the Navajo Nation are struggling with state and federal officials to secure more water for members of the tribe, many of whom have to haul their own water in a costly and time-consuming process. Nearly 80,000 people on the country's largest Indian reservation have to haul their own water. That's more than 30 percent.

August 26, 2007--Isgars earn Community Heritage Award (Durango Herald)

Four generations of one of La Plata County's oldest and most respected families, along with 50 close friends, gathered Saturday at the Animas Museum in Durango to honor Art and Anne Isgar as the recipients of the second annual Community Heritage Award.

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August 25, 2007--Thoughts about the 2007 runoff (Cortez Journal)

The official runoff season is April 1 through July 31. However, since a fair amount of the Dolores River drainage is from lower elevations, there sometimes can be considerable inflow into McPhee Reservoir in March. Annual runoff varies greatly from year to year. This wide range poses challenges for reservoir managers.

August 24, 2007--Sen. Salazar: water tied to larger issues (Pueblo Chieftain)

Renewable energy, curing the nation of its “addiction to foreign oil” and Colorado water resources are issues that are intertwined with the state’s future. That was the message brought to the Colorado Water Congress by U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo. “In the arid West, we live with a shortage of water,” Salazar said.