Archive - 2009

December 14th

December 11, 2009--Judge tentatively invalidates West water pact (Denver Post)

A California judge on Thursday tentatively invalidated a landmark pact to curtail the state's overuse of water and allow other Western states to claim their fair share. The 2003 agreement ended of years of bickering over how to divide the Colorado River between California and six western states: Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming.

December 10th

December 10, 2009--Fort Morgan farmer jailed for stealing water (Greeley Tribune)

A farmer from Fort Morgan was jailed this week in one of the state's most unique thefts — water — and was released Wednesday after paying most of a $100,000 fine. Craig Kroskob, 44, was accused of stealing water from the South Platte Water Basin. District Water Engineer Jim Hall said Kroskob was pumping water from the South Platte Basin from his five wells.

December 10, 2009--State health officials to unveil prescription-drug disposal program (Denver Post)

Colorado health officials have launched a drug take-back program designed to reduce the amount of flushed household medications that end up contaminating water. They have set out secure containers in King Soopers and City Market stores and a clinic in the Denver area and in Summit County.

December 10, 2009--Government report looks at ethanol's use of water (Denver Post)

An ethanol industry group says the report offers little new insight and the vast majority of ethanol is produced from rain-fed corn.The November study from the Government Accountability Office quotes Argonne National Laboratory data saying that farmers in North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska and Kansas use, on average, 323.6 gallons of water to produce one gallon of ethanol from corn, with all

December 10, 2009--Video: How not to clean up Colorado’s leaking mines (Colorado Independent)

If you want a good explanation of why it makes no sense to require every draining mine in Colorado to have a treatment plant at its base, check out the recently-posted video titled “Act of Congress: Good Samaritans and Draining Mines.” The video was created by Biscuit Boy Productions and Tom Schillaci, a member of the Animas River Stakeholders Group–in support of Senator Mark

December 9, 2009--Rico hosts forum Saturday regarding geothermal potential (Telluride Watch)

Colorado School of Mines Professor Professor Masami Nakagawa comes to Rico Saturday, Dec. 12, for a “Geothermal Academy Kickoff in Rico,” Rico Mayor Barbara Betts reported this week. The event, essentially a forum for announcing the creation of a Geothermal Academy in Rico, and a discussion of the Rico area’s overall geothermal potential – begins at 9 a.m.

December 9th

December 8, 2009--Study sheds light on selenium in Fountain Creek (Pueblo Chieftain)

Selenium levels on Fountain Creek go up as the hardness of water increases downstream, creating concerns that they could affect aquatic life on the Arkansas River all the way to John Martin Reservoir. That’s the upshot of a study by a team of Colorado State University-Pueblo researchers who have been studying Fountain Creek for the past three years.

December 8, 2009--Millions in U.S. drink dirty water, records show (New York Times)

More than 20 percent of the nation’s water treatment systems have violated key provisions of the Safe Drinking Water Act over the last five years, according to a New York Times analysis of federal data. That law requires communities to deliver safe tap water to local residents.

December 8, 2009--Dark side of a natural gas boom (New York Times)

Across vast regions of the country, gas companies are using a technology called hydraulic fracturing to produce natural gas from previously untapped beds of shale. The push has been so successful that the country’s potential gas reserves jumped by 35 percent in two years.