Archive - Sep 2007


September 28th

September 28, 2007--Groundwater surfaces as top water issue (Pueblo Chieftain)

Groundwater use and storage have become the critical water issues in Colorado, a top state official told a conference looking at state growth and its impact on aquifers. “We have to look at sustainability,” said Harris Sherman, director of the Department of Natural Resources. “We must do whatever we can to live within our means.

September 28, 2007--Wells connected to surface rights (Pueblo Chieftain)

Wells in Colorado are subject to the same system of prior appropriation - first in time, first in right - as surface appropriation, lawyers explained Thursday at a two-day statewide conference looking at state groundwater issues. Laws, however, have had to evolve to keep up with nature.

September 28, 2007--Report warns of gas boom effects (Rocky Mountain News)

The natural gas boom threatens the region's long-term economy if it degrades public lands, air and water and drives retirement and recreation dollars and other income sources out of mountain communities. That's the thrust of a cautionary report issued Thursday by the environmental group The Wilderness Society, and backed by some outside economists.

September 27, 2007--Water parley makes history (Rocky Mountain News)

As a line formed for lunch at the River Walk Cafe, 12 of Colorado's most saavy water chieftains held a historic meeting in a back room. They came from the east and the west of the state, gathering on what's considered neutral ground in Colorado's increasingly fractious water world.

September 27, 2007--Farmers wait for water (Cortez Journal)

Nearly 5,000 acres of farmland near Pleasant View are still without irrigation and farmers can't be sure when it will return. The water stopped flowing at 4:06 p.m. Sept. 11, said Bruce Harrison, Dolores Water Conservancy District interim manager. The power was out at two pump houses, Harrison said. Power authorities were quickly notified.

September 27, 2007--Tribal water taps Bush (Cortez Journal)

The Ute Mountain Ute Tribe hopes to use a $1 million federal grant for water improvements on the reservation. The grant is part of a proposed federal package of more than $120 million for water-related projects across Colorado. The Water Resources Development Act of 2007, which includes the grant monies, passed the U.S. Senate Monday.

September 27, 2007--State eyes streamlining water courts (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado water courts should be more efficient in order to benefit large and small users, a former state Supreme Court justice told a legislative committee looking at water issues Wednesday. “At issue is whose interests need to be taken into account.

September 27, 2007--EPA moves to make drinking water safer (Washington Post)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued new national water regulations yesterday that it said will help reduce lead in drinking water, keep utilities honest in testing for lead and warn the public when water poses a health risk. The revised drinking water rules require that water utilities notify customers as soon as they find high lead levels in water.

September 27, 2007--Source of water would be clear under new law (LA Times)

Is the bottled water you drink any better than what comes out of the tap? Is it from the tap?Most companies that sell H2O hate the idea, but the California Legislature wants to make it easier for people to find out what minerals, chemicals or bacteria are in the water they buy and whether its provenance is a well, artesian aquifer, spring -- mountain or otherwise -- or municipal reservoir.