Archive - Oct 2009


October 30th

October 30, 2009--California approves retrofit on resale legislation (Alliance for Water Efficiency)

If you buy a home, condo, or commercial property in California in the coming years water efficient toilets and urinals will be part of the deal – like it or not.  Under new legislation passed in October and signed into law by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger toilets and urinals across the state must be meet efficiency standards as a condition of receiving a certificate of occupancy.

October 29, 2009--United States using less water than 35 years ago (USGS)

The United States is using less water than during the peak years of 1975 and 1980, according to water use estimates for 2005. Despite a 30 percent population increase during the past 25 years, overall water use has remained fairly stable according to a new U.S. Geological Survey report. The report shows that in 2005 Americans used 410 billion gallons per day, slightly less than in 2000.

October 29th

October 29, 2009--Denver Water looks to increase diversions from Grand County (Sky Hi Daily News)

Denver Water has identified a shortfall in supply beginning in 2016. According to its statements, Denver Water plans to address about 16,000 acre-feet through “additional conservation,” leaving Denver Water with a remaining annual shortage of 18,000 acre-feet.

October 28, 2009--Groups seek protection for streams (Coloradoan)

As environmentalists lobby for passage of a bill in the U.S. Senate that would protect small mountain streams and drinking water sources from pollution, two Colorado groups are looking for support for possible similar legislation in the House.

October 28, 2009--Vegas water agency vows fight for groundwater plan (Denver Post)

Southern Nevada water administrators plan to challenge a judge's ruling that blocks a multibillion-dollar plan to tap groundwater from a vast swath of eastern Nevada and pipe it to Las Vegas, an authority official said Wednesday. "It is our intention to appeal," Southern Nevada Water Authority spokesman Scott Huntley said.

October 27th

October 27, 2009--Uranium mill clears Western Slope hurdles (Denver Post)

A Canadian company's push to build the United States' first new conventional uranium mill since the Cold War has cleared local hurdles — despite environmental concerns — and won wary high-level support.

October 27, 2009--Colorado health chief Jim Martin to lead Department of Natural Resources (Denver Post)

Gov. Bill Ritter on Monday named state health chief Jim Martin to run the Colorado Department of Natural Resources, a decision that met with immediate approval from the state's environmental advocates. Starting Nov.

October 26, 2009--Goodman Point residents to vote on water district (Cortez Journal)

About four dozen voters in the Goodman Point region of Montezuma County can participate in November's general election to generate tax dollars for construction projects, operations and maintenance.

October 26, 2009--More needs to be done to conserve NM water (Denver Post)

Water users along the Middle Rio Grande have made strides in conservation, but experts say more needs to be done if New Mexico is to avoid long-term problems. The Middle Rio Grande Water Assembly gathered Saturday in Albuquerque for the group's annual meeting. They reviewed progress since the 2004 completion of the Middle Rio Grande Water Plan.

October 25, 2009--A new demand for uranium power brings concerns for Navajo groups (Washington Post)

About 50 miles from Mount Taylor, the company Hydro Resources Inc. (HRI) also plans to begin mining 101 million pounds starting around the Navajo towns of Church Rock and Crownpoint, N.M.