Archive - Oct 2010


October 28th

October 27, 2010--And not a drop to drink (Norwood Post)

There are many ways for Norwood Water Commission (NWC) to obtain future water for the service district, a concern now that the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) may declare an intent to file on an in-stream flow appropriation near Horsefly Creek on the San Miguel River. What was not clear was where the water would come from.

October 27, 2010--Are emergency water supplies safe? Fed and states can't tell for sure (Los Angeles Times)

It took years for Illinois officials to discover that southwest suburban Crestwood was pumping contaminated water to its residents, in part because the state took village officials at their word that nothing was wrong. Such lax oversight is a problem in scores of communities throughout the nation, according to a new report from the U.S.

October 25th

October 26, 2010--Water interests oppose 60, 61 and 101 (Summit Daily News)

The Colorado Basin Roundtable opposes Amendments 60 and 61 and Proposition 101 on the Nov. 2 ballot as damaging to future efforts to provide Colorado with adequate water supplies. The Colorado Basin Roundtable is an organization of water providers, agricultural, recreational and environmental interests formed by state legislation in 2005 to help foster statewide water supply solutions.

October 23, 2010--Lower Ark not happy with seep ditch policy (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board has lingering concerns about whether seep ditches should be curtailed by the state engineer, following a meeting last month. “It has been OK for 100 years. It does not seem right.

October 22, 2010--McBride captures the majesty, misery of Colorado River (Aspen Times)

For 21⁄2 years Basalt photographer Pete McBride scoured the Colorado River corridor for images to chronicle how humans depend on the iconic waterway and what that dependency has wrought. He came up with roughly 15,000 images, many of them shot while flying the entire length of the river.

October 19, 2010--Water in Colorado: Waiting for the Call (Telluride Watch)

This year for the first time Colorado River water consumed (by agriculture, industry, and by 30 million people in seven states) exceeded the annual flow.

October 19, 2010--No trespassing (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has overcome environmentalist protests, uncertain funding, project downsizing and cost overruns to bring the decades-old Animas-La Plata Project to completion. Now the agency is facing a new challenge: intruders.

October 19, 2010--Woolly mammoth bones found at Aspen reservoir project site (Coloradoan)

Officials in Snowmass Village say the bones of a woolly mammoth have been found during a construction project. The Aspen Times reported Monday that a bulldozer operator noticed what turned out to be rib bones sticking out of the ground while working on a reservoir project last week. Construction superintendent Kent Olson said the bones were found in 4 1/2 feet of peat.

October 19, 2010--Drought may threaten much of globe within decades, analysis predicts (Science Daily)

The United States and many other heavily populated countries face a growing threat of severe and prolonged drought in coming decades, according to a new study by National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) scientist Aiguo Dai.

October 19, 2010--Nevada: Lake Mead dips to a Low (New York Times)

The water level in Lake Mead, the massive reservoir that fills the taps of millions of people across the Southwest, has reached a record low, the federal Bureau of Reclamation says.