Archive - Feb 2010


February 25th

February 20, 2010--Around the Mountains: Shrinking ice provides less buffer to drought (Summit Daily News)

Professors have been out to the towns on both sides of the Continental Divide in Canada recently to talk about the shrinking of glaciers. It is, they say, a serious challenge, as the hydrological cycle that local communities have come to depend upon will be changing. But ice in both places has been shrinking—with much more rescission likely.

February 20, 2010--Water construction funds safe, for now (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state’s water construction funds have been a model of self-reliance, allowing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to operate without taking a dollar from the state’s general fund.

February 23rd

February 19, 2010--County commissioners endorse Hermosa plan (Silverton Standard)

A plan to set aside some 150,000 acres in the Hermosa Creek drainage as a Special Management Area for the Forest Service was endorsed by the San Juan County commissioners last week in a unanimous vote. It includes plans to establish a 50,000-acre wilderness area on the West Bank of the Hermosa.

February 19, 2010--Low spring runoff, low flood threat in forecast (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado River isn’t expected to swell in water volume as much as normal during the upcoming spring runoff, according to a National Weather Service forecast. Also, flood potential because of melting snow is not high for now for most of western Colorado and eastern Utah, according to the agency’s spring flood and water resources outlook.

February 19, 2010--Water fallout (High Country News)

The former uranium boomtown of Green River sits along I-70 in eastern Utah, 100 miles from the closest city. Now it may become the Western outpost of America's nascent nuclear renaissance. Blue Castle Holdings, a 3-year-old, politically connected startup, wants to build a nuclear power plant here -- Utah's first, and the first in the West since 1987.

February 19, 2010--Colorado ag forum speaker promises improved visibility for agriculture (Fence Post)

The level of importance of agriculture will be raised under the Obama Administration, a member of that administration told a crowd of nearly 250 on Thursday at the 19th annual Governor's Forum on Agriculture.

February 20th

February 19, 2010--Headgate Award given to Kennedy (Mancos Times)

Gary Kennedy, superintendent of the Mancos Water Conservancy District (MWCD) and Bureau of Reclamation Dam Tender was recently awarded the Colorado Headgate Award for his 20 years of service to Colorado irrigated agricultural.

February 19th

February 18, 2010--Safe water (Norwood Post)

The days of receiving drinking water safety violation notices from the Norwood Water Commission will soon be over. On March 3, the commission will switch to a new water treatment method. In order to increase the quality of drinking water in the Norwood water district, the commission will stop using chlorine to disinfect water.

February 18, 2010--Denver Water extends Moffat EIS comment period (Sky-Hi Daily News)

Denver Water has allowed more time for public input on a project that would take more water from Summit and Grand counties in future years. The proposed Moffat Project would expand Gross Reservoir near Boulder by as much as 72,000 acre-feet. One acre-foot is equal to 325,851 gallons of water and supplies about two single-family households for a year.