Archive - 2007

December 27th

December 27, 2007--Aspen water use at 40-year low (Aspen Daily News)

Despite 40 years of growth, mega-mansions and the addition of snowmaking, Aspen has managed to reduce its water usage to mid-1960s levels. Customers of the city utility this year used an average of 150 gallons per ECU (equivalent capacity unit) per day. An ECU is a standardized measurement for the water demand of a two-bedroom, one-bath home.

December 27, 2007--Framing key water issues for the future in the Arkansas Valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

The average age of the farmer keeps climbing, and fewer young people are considering careers in agriculture. The demographic trend of fewer farmers is nothing new and not limited to the Arkansas Valley. In the valley, however, when farmers leave the land, the water is more often leaving with them. The revenues from a water sale may be a farmer’s 401(k) at the end of a long career.

December 27, 2007--Testing waters (Craig Daily Press)


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December 26, 2007--Holiday delivers powder (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The storm that dropped a whopping 27 inches of snow on the Grand Mesa resort from Christmas Eve and Christmas not only thrilled skiers but helped earn Grand Junction the title of the wettest December on record, according to the National Weather Service.

December 26th

December 26, 2007--Moving mountains: Valley users watching Colorado River issues (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Statewide Water Supply Initiative, a study by the Colorado Water Conservation Board, lists five general ways the state could import more water from the Western Slope in Phase II. SWSI’s Phase I concluded there will be more pressure on agricultural transfers if new sources of transmountain water are not employed.

December 25, 2007--Researchers: Rainbow trout fishery could be on way back (Longmont Times-Call)

The results of an experimental breeding and stocking program have state wildlife researchers encouraged that Colorado’s rainbow trout fishery could be on the brink of a big comeback after being decimated by whirling disease.

December 24, 2007--Yuma wetland could be used to secure the border (Denver Post)

Someday, Colorado River wetlands could be used to secure the border with Mexico. A group of southwestern Arizona leaders wants permission from U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff to create a marshland along the lower Colorado River south of Yuma by clearing out thick brush, adding steep levees and flooding dry riverbanks.