Archive - Jan 2010


January 29th

January 29, 2010--Ritter urges action on water issues (Pueblo Chieftain)

Gov. Bill Ritter outlined three “pillars” for providing water to Colorado in the future at Thursday’s opening session of the Colorado Water Congress. “We face really serious challenges,” Ritter told the group at its 52nd annual convention.

January 29, 2010--Grape growing, fish protection clash in California (Washington Post)

Grape growers in Northern California's cool, fertile Sonoma County wine region are stomping mad at a new plan to limit the amount of water vineyards can pump from local rivers and streams to protect crops from frost - a proposed regulation meant to safeguard coho salmon, a species on the brink of local extinction.

January 29, 2010--Study: Water vapor may help flatten global warming trend (USA Today)

Why the Earth's surface temperature hasn't warmed as expected over the past decade continues to be a puzzle for scientists. One study out earlier this month theorized that the Earth's climate may be less sensitive to greenhouse gases than currently assumed.

January 29, 2010--OMB cuts Army Corps funding by 12% in draft 2011 budget (New York Times)

The Army Corps of Engineers would face a 12 percent funding cut next year under a draft budget request from the Obama administration. According to the Office of Management and Budget "passback," shared with top Army Corps officials in early December and recently obtained by E&E, the White House will propose $4.81 billion for the agency in the fiscal 2011 budget.

January 29, 2010--Nevada water pipeline: In jeopardy? (Los Angeles Times)

The Nevada Supreme Court dealt a huge blow Thursday to Las Vegas officials’ controversial plan to siphon water from the state’s rural north, saying that a faulty application process invalidates the south's claim to tens of thousands of acre-feet of water.

January 28, 2010--Group: Protect Hermosa watershed (Durango Herald)

The Hermosa Creek watershed - 155,000 acres stretching from the north Animas Valley to just beyond Purgatory - deserves protection because of its sterling water quality and corresponding natural resources, including diverse flora and fauna and recreation, the River Protection Workgroup says. A report outlining protective measures will be available to the public Feb. 8.

January 28, 2010--Cortez will upgrade water (Cortez Journal)

Cortez City Council members unanimously approved a loan from a state water authority for upgrades to the city's aging water treatment facility during Tuesday's regular council meeting.

January 28, 2010--Harsh winter a sign of disruptive climate change, report says (Washington Post)

This winter's extreme weather -- with heavy snowfall in some places and unusually low temperatures -- is in fact a sign of how climate change disrupts long-standing patterns, according to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation. It comes at a time when, despite a wealth of scientific evidence, the American public is increasingly skeptical that climate change is happening at all.

January 27, 2010--Proposed bill prevents layoffs of 'ditch riders' (Durango Herald)

Lawmakers are trying to shield the state engineer from budget cuts by sending gas and oil tax money to his office. Gov. Bill Ritter has asked each state department for 10 percent cuts, and because the state engineer's office is one of the only parts of the Department of Natural Resources that uses general tax dollars, it will suffer the brunt of the budget crisis.

January 27, 2010--High stakes snow speculation: Gauging our water future (Crested Butte News)

As of January 25, the snow-water equivalent totals for the Gunnison River Basin were at 97 percent of average, according to data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). The Gunnison Basin stretches over 8,000 square miles of western Colorado, extending from the Continental Divide to the confluence of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers near Grand Junction.