Archive - Jan 2008

January 30th

January 29, 2008--Lawmaker wants proof of water supply (Durango Herald)

In the next 30 years, another 3 million people are expected to move to Colorado, mostly to the Front Range, according to the state demographer's office.

Now, a Western Slope lawmaker wants the developers building homes for the newcomers to prove they have a long-term water supply before counties can approve new subdivisions.

January 29, 2008--Water, land out of field's focus (Denver Post)

Six drought years have reshaped the lake that supplies water to cities in Nevada, Arizona, Southern C

January 28, 2008--Fountain Creek pollution lawsuit set to go to trial (Denver Post)

The environmental group's lawsuit against the city utility is going to trial Monday in federal court. The Sierra Club is asking for fines of up to $32,500 a day for sewage spills dating back to the late 1990s. The group also wants the utility to finish repairing its lines before 2023, the target for a voluntary plan now in effect.

January 28, 2008--Sen. Jim Isgar (Telluride News)

This past week should have been proclaimed water week in Denver.  Water leaders from around the state gathered in Denver for the winter meeting of the Colorado Water Congress. In addition, the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority were holding their monthly meetings.

January 29th

January 28, 2008--EPA designates Santa Fe aquifer as primary drinking souce (Denver Post)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has designated 3,000 square miles of water under Santa Fe, Los Alamos, Espanola and eight pueblos as a sole source drinking water aquifer, which could help protect the water source for more than 170,000 people in three counties.

January 28, 2008--Bad news for coastal ocean: Less fish out, means more nitrogen in (Science Daily)

A Canada-U.S. research team has found that commercial fisheries play an unexpected role in the decline of water quality in coastal waters.

January 27, 2008--State imposes $150,000 fine on Bayfield (Durango Herald)

The state has given Bayfield the tab for violating its sewage permit, and it's not good news: $150,000. The fine penalizes the town for having repeatedly violated the operational permits for its sanitation system.

January 26, 2008--Water storage key to cope with climate change, audience told (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A former high-ranking Interior Department official said he used to be a naysayer on climate change. Then he delved into the science of global warming, and he became a believer, he said.

January 26, 2008--State studies water concerns (Cortez Journal)

Is the state near the end of its legally allotted water from interstate treaties? Will oil companies claim most of Colorado's remaining water under their decades-old water rights? Will climate change cause drier years than we experienced in the 20th century? Should the Front Range be allowed to support its population growth with another pipeline from the Western Slope?