Archive - 2007

December 21st

December 20, 2007--2008 Grand County budget focuses on water issues (Sky-Hi Daily News)

The Grand County budget reflects a focus on water quality and quantity while managing a moving landfill, completing a new judicial building and coping with a beetle-kill epidemic. The water protection budget is set at $1,144,407 for 2008, a significant portion of which will be used to address the water quality in Grand Lake.

December 20, 2007--Water deal provides relief to West Slope (Aspen Times)

Water users across Colorado's Western Slope can rest a little easier. Last week’s landmark agreement on how to share the Colorado River during drought conditions provides some relief to worried water users, including ranchers and ski resort snow makers.

December 20, 2007--Land, water swap proposed to buoy wildlife area (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Bureau of Land Management will consider swapping up to 2,700 acres in western Rio Grande County in exchange for water needed to augment well pumping on the Blanca Wildlife Habitat Area.

December 20, 2007--Feds considering another big water release into Grand Canyon (Denver Post)

Federal officials are considering releasing a large amount of water from the Glen Canyon Dam into the Grand Canyon early next year in an effort to rebuild beaches and aid endangered fish. If approved by the Interior Department, water released from the dam just south of the Arizona-Utah border would scour sand from the river bottom and deposit it on beaches.

December 20, 2007--Gas executive sees tough times (Durango Herald)

Natural-gas producers feel like they're under "heavy attack" in Colorado, the president of their main trade group said Tuesday.

December 20, 2007--Tucson bans water department from expanding system outside city (U.S. Water News)

Tucson's city manager has barred the water department from expanding any further outside city areas where it's not legally obligated to provide service. The order from City Manager Mike Hein affects Marana, Oro Valley and state-owned land outside city limits.

December 20, 2007--Kansas threatens to sue Nebraska over use of a river (New York Times)

Kansas threatened a court fight Wednesday unless Nebraska reduced the amount of water it took from the Republican River and paid an undetermined amount for allegedly taking too much water in the past.

December 20, 2007--Arkansas Valley to benefit from appropriations bill (Lamar Ledger)

On Tuesday The United States Senate followed by the House of Representatives on Wednesday, passed an omnibus appropriations bill securing key funding sources for several projects throughout the Arkansas Valley and eastern plains. Projects receiving funding through the appropriations bill include the Arkansas Valley Conduit and the Ports to Plains project.

December 20, 2007--EPA cites Avondale for river damage (Pueblo Chieftain)

Avondale will cooperate with an Environmental Protection Agency order to restore a segment of the Arkansas River the EPA says was damaged. The damage cited by the EPA was an attempt by Avondale officials to protect wells in danger of being washed out by river encroachment.

December 19, 2007--Mesa del Sol water plan could be approved (Albuquerque Tribune)

Under a plan that could get approval tonight, every house built within Mesa del Sol would be charged $1,250 to receive water service. Developer Forest City Covington, once opposed to paying for the water rights that would bring water to the community in far southeast Albuquerque, now sees it as an investment in the city's future.