Archive - 2009

December 7th

December 4, 2009--Warming may require higher dams, stilts (USA Today)

With the world losing the battle against global warming so far, experts are warning that humans need to follow nature's example: Adapt or die. That means elevating buildings, making taller and stronger dams and seawalls, rerouting water systems, restricting certain developments, changing farming practices and ultimately moving people, plants and animals out of harm's way.

December 4, 2009--CSU joins "international water community" (Denver Post)

Colorado State University is a member of a new consortium selected by a United Nations agency to be the first North American water resource center. The university's water experts already work on projects throughout the world.

December 4th

December 3, 2009--Summit discusses water issues with growing population (Greeley Tribune)

A recent United Nations report indicated that about 70 percent more food will be needed in the world by 2040 as the world's population expands. “How are we going to do that without water?” Pat O'Toole asked a crowd of more than 100 people Tuesday at the 2009 Ag Water Summit, conducted at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

December 3rd

December 2, 2009--EPA fines Greeley firm for gravel piles near river (Greeley Tribune)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has reached an agreement with Bucklen Equipment Company to resolve alleged violations of the Clean Water Act in Weld County. Under the agreement, the company will pay a penalty of $16,000 and remove any remaining gravel piles from wetlands along the Cache la Poudre River within the city of Greeley.

December 2, 2009--Water rights petition pits Montana ranch owners against homes exempt from well permits (Los Angeles Times)

Ranchers in Montana has asked a state agency to stop giving away water use rights for tens of thousands of new homes being built in areas once dominated by agriculture. Across the arid West, residential subdivisions and agricultural interests are vying for control of water supplies that have emerged as one of the region's most coveted natural resources.

December 2, 2009--California water allocation hits record-low level (Environmental News Network)

California officials said on Tuesday that drought and environmental restrictions have forced them to cut planned water deliveries to irrigation districts and cities statewide to just 5 percent of their contracted allotments.

December 2, 2009--Corporation formed to help transform LA River (Denver Post)

A non-profit corporation was established Tuesday to help advance a decades-long plan to transform 32 miles of the concrete-filled Los Angeles River into a strip of parks, walkways, bike trails and housing.

December 1st

November 30, 2009--Summit County ‘take-back' program aims to rid local waters of pollutants (Post Independent)

Over the next few weeks, local residents and visitors will have the chance to help Summit County take the lead in protecting local streams and reservoirs from especially pesky pollutants that aren't easily cleaned by existing water treatment plants.

November 30, 2009--Public input sought on Gross Reservoir expansion (Boulder Daily Camera)

In five years, population growth in Denver will begin to outstrip water supplies, and by 2030, the city will be short about 11 billion gallons of water, according to Denver Water. That's one of the reasons why the agency is proposing an expansion of Gross Reservoir in southwest Boulder County that would almost triple its capacity.