Archive - 2007

December 13th

December 13, 2007--Lower Ark OKs Lake Minnequa deal (Pueblo Chieftain)

A deal to keep water flowing through Lake Minnequa as part of Pueblo’s plan to turn it into a stormwater basin and park was completed Wednesday. The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District approved an intergovernmental agreement with the City of Pueblo and the Pueblo Board of Water Works to keep water flowing through the lake.

December 12, 2007--City, county explore growth limits (Durango Herald)

On Thursday, La Plata County commissioners and Durango city councilors will again put their heads together in hopes of emerging with a clearer vision of how growth should occur here.

December 12, 2007--Arctic ice "screaming" alarm (Denver Post)

An already relentless melting of the Arctic greatly accelerated this summer, a warning sign that some scientists worry could mean global warming has passed an ominous tipping point. One even speculated that summer sea ice would be gone in five years.

December 12th

December 12, 2007--Colorado wants Kansas input on ditch plan (Pueblo Chieftain)

Kansas is reviewing a request by Colorado wildlife and parks officials to use water rights from the Kessee Ditch to maintain a permanent pool of water in John Martin Reservoir.

December 12, 2007--Ariz. Indian tribes fight wastewater snowmaking (Rocky Mountain News)

A federal appeals court heard arguments Tuesday from lawyers for an Arizona ski resort and Indian tribes battling over the resort's plan to make snow using reclaimed wastewater at the Arizona Snowbowl resort north of Flagstaff. The panel was acting on a lawsuit filed by American Indian tribes who consider the San Francisco Peaks sacred.

December 12, 2007--New dimension makes water decisions challenging in Colorado (Durango Herald)

Water officials are delicately working out ways to handle a "call" from downstream - the possibility that Arizona, Nevada or California will demand more water from Colorado and other upriver states. A call could clamp down on most of the people who use the Colorado River's main channel and also its tributaries, like the San Juan, Animas and Dolores rivers.

December 11, 2007--New suit filed over Glen Canyon Dam (Desert News)

An environmental group says the Glen Canyon Dam, a key Colorado River dam on the Utah-Arizona border, is being mismanaged by the federal government, threatening already endangered species for the benefit of power production. The Grand Canyon Trust made the allegations in a federal lawsuit filed Friday in Phoenix. The suit names the U.S.

December 11th

December 11, 2007--Aurora wants to join Reclamation in Lower Ark water district lawsuit (Pueblo Chieftain)

Aurora wants to intervene in a lawsuit by the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District that seeks to block a deal for the city to receive water from the Arkansas River. The district sued the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation on Oct. 24 to nullify a contract the bureau signed in September with Aurora to move the water from Lake Pueblo. The case is in U.S.

December 10, 2007--Western towns rally for hard-rock mining reform (Aspen Times)

Towns throughout the Rocky Mountain West that oppose mines near water supplies and scenic areas are backing efforts to revamp a federal law regulating hard-rock mining that's changed little since Ulysses S. Grant was president. A bill passed by the U.S.

December 10, 2007--5 key environmental concerns (Rocky Mountain News)

Editors note: This is a timely and informative article related to the oil and gas industry’s impacts on the environment. The five major categories of concern include: industry oversight; threats to wildlife; air pollution; impacts on water; and land disturbances. It is worthwhile reading, but due to its’ length (12 pages), it is too extensive to list here.