Archive - Nov 2009


November 30th

November 30, 2009--Water plan aims to help jobs flow (Wall Street Journal)

Milwaukee is preparing an application for the Wisconsin Public Service Commission that would offer reduced water rates for up to five years to businesses that bring in at least 25 jobs. Milwaukee would be joining Erie, Pa., which has been offering a 40% discount on Lake Erie water to businesses that relocate to or expand in the city for more than a year.

November 28, 2009--Denver Water looks for more mountain water (Summit Daily News)

A plan by Denver Water to increase water diversions from the West Slope to the Front Range will get an early December public hearing in Summit County. As described in a draft environmental study, the Moffat Collection System project in Grand County would also have impacts on flows on the Blue River.

November 27, 2009--CU experts use GPS to track soil moisture, snow depth (Denver Post)

Traditional GPS satellite signals can be used to measure snow depth and even soil and vegetation moisture, according to a research team led by the University of Colorado at Boulder.

November 27, 2009--NM researcher develops trees for dry, rural areas (Denver Post)

A New Mexico State University researcher is using tree planting to help arid, impoverished regions in the Four Corners region and Africa. Mick O'Neill, the superintendent of New Mexico State University's Agricultural Science Center in Farmington, researched hybrid poplar trees to see which clones will grow best using drip irrigation in the arid region.

November 26, 2009--Arkansas River flows drop as winter storage starts (Pueblo West View)

Flows in the Arkansas River below Pueblo Dam dropped dramatically this week as winter water storage went into effect. Flows from the dam were cut from about 350 cubic feet per second last week to 70 cfs on Sunday, as irrigators began a program that allows them to store winter flows for use later in the year.

November 26, 2009--Experts think toxic algae harming endangered fish (Denver Post)

Scientists say they believe toxins from a blue-green algae plaguing lakes and rivers around the West are harming an endangered fish in the Klamath Basin, adding another obstacle to restoring species that have forced irrigation shutoffs for farmers. U.S.

November 25, 2009--Interior Department bill has $24 million for regional projects (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Projects as varied as Mesa Verde National Park improvements, Rifle drinking-water lines and trail access to Dominguez Canyon would benefit from an Interior Department appropriations bill that is headed to President Barack Obama’s desk.

November 25, 2009--Group sues to win protection for Colorado River trout (Vail Daily)

An Oregon-based environmental group is suing to gain federal protection for the Colorado River cutthroat trout, found in Colorado, Wyoming and Utah. The federal lawsuit filed Tuesday in Washington, D.C., by the Center for Biological Diversity challenges a 2007 decision that kept the fish off the endangered species list. The U.S.

November 25, 2009--Group may oversee Garfield County Colorado River watershed (Aspen Times)

The Colorado River, undoubtedly one of the most studied waterways in the West and lifeline to roughly 30 million people, is about to undergo yet another look. This time, however, it will be only the portion of the river that flows through Garfield County — specifically, from the Eagle/Garfield county line in the east, to the upper end of DeBeque Canyon in the west.

November 25, 2009--Bureau: Little flexibility on releases of water from Ruedi (Aspen Times)

Trout fishing suffered on the Fryingpan River above Basalt for six weeks last summer because water from Ruedi Reservoir was needed to assist endangered fish, federal authorities said Monday. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation said it released water purchased from Ruedi by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service when the agency demanded, or “called,” it in August.