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April 28th

April 28, 2008--Water most valuable crop for Northern Colorado farmers (Coloradoan)

As Northern Colorado grows, farmers continue to sell off their most valuable cash crop: water rights. "In agriculture, the water that you have is part of your value," said Don Magnuson, co-owner of Ag Country Nutrition, a dairy feed farm near Ault and superintendent of New Cache La Poudre Irrigation Co.

April 27, 2008--Water failing state's tests (Denver Post)

People in 37 small communities across the state are drinking tap water that violates new health standards for radioactive contaminants, according to state records. Health officials are now trying to help those water systems — serving 30,000 people — remove the naturally occurring uranium and radium radionuclides, which pose a threat of cancer and kidney damage.

April 25, 2008--Officials cool to whitewater park proposal in San Miguel (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A whitewater park on the San Miguel River is on the drawing board, and some county officials say that’s where it should stay. Bob Gleason of the San Miguel Whitewater Association recently spoke to San Miguel County commissioners about plans for a whitewater park on the San Miguel River.

April 25, 2008--Agencies, energy companies track western Colo. water quality (Denver Post)

A western Colorado water district has received a state grant to work with energy companies and local governments to track water quality and quantity in the south Piceance Basin as the area's natural gas boom continues. The West Divide Water Conservancy District has received $300,000 from levies on mineral production to help establish a database.

April 24, 2008--Energy's water demands worrisome (United Press International)

Add another requirement to the clean-energy checklist: low water usage. Two Virginia Tech researchers released a study this week examining the water-use requirements for 11 different energy sources, ranking them in terms of efficiency.

April 25th

April 24, 2008--Stakeholders honored in Washington (Durango Telegraph)

The Animas River Stakeholders Group celebrated Earth Day in the spotlight. On April 22, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne honored the effort to restore the Animas watershed with a coveted Cooperative Conservation Award.

April 24, 2008--Farmers move ahead with Super Ditch (Pueblo Chieftain)

Shareholders of six ditch companies have signed on for a “Super Ditch,” which will lease water under a rotational fallowing plan, and plan to incorporate the agency next month.

April 24, 2008--Lower Arkansas lawsuit awaits judge's decision (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District's lawsuit addressing use of Arkansas River Basin water soon will be ready for a judge's ruling on whether the lawsuit will be allowed to proceed. Attorneys for the district, the U.S.

April 23, 2008--State sends $1M for water project (Alamosa News)

Alamosa on Wednesday received a million-dollar promise from the state to help build a new water storage tank, a need that was accelerated by the city’s recent water emergency.

April 23, 2008--Thick layers of snow poised to refresh parched West (Denver Post)

With abundant mountain snow in most areas across the West. the pring runoff may provide a break from the drought that has sporadically parched the region since late 1999. The Colorado mountains are poised to unleash more runoff than they have in 11 years. Streams in Washington and Oregon are forecast to carry up to 50 percent more water than usual.