Archive - Apr 2010


April 30th

Aril 27, 2010--Container tax may be headed for the ballot (Pueblo Chieftain)

Voters could be asked in November to decide if the state should put a new tax on nonalcoholic beverage containers to fund water programs and projects. “Even if the state economy starts to rebound, water projects come in behind things like K-12 education, higher ed and health care issues,” said Dick Brown, a Denver public policy consultant and water lobbyist.

April 29th

April 26, 2010--Western AGs to discuss water law issues (Vail Daily)

Attorneys general from western states are meeting this week to discuss water law, including the Colorado River Compact, the Clean Water Act and transbasin diversions. The Conference of Western Attorneys General's water law conference runs Thursday and Friday in Colorado Springs. Colorado Attorney General John Suthers chairs the group. Speakers include U.S.

April 26, 2010--Report: Global warming may hit mountain areas harder (Summit Voice)

High mountain locations could be hit earlier and harder by global warming than surrounding terrain, according to the results of an Oregon State University study released last week. In some cases, temperatures at the mountaintops and ridges could warm three times as much as the air in nearby valleys.

April 25, 2010--All fish killed in eastern Colo. reservoir (Summit Daily)

Cold winter temperatures and very low water levels at Nee Gronde reservoir in eastern Colorado have killed off all fish in the water body, according to the Colorado Division of Wildlife. “There were several weeks of thick ice cover on the lake last winter, said Doug Krieger, a senior aquatic biologist with the agency.

April 25, 2010--Water sale impacts choke rural communities (Pueblo Chieftain)

The cumulative impacts of water sales to cities from farms are greater than traditional economic models show, a new study on rural “tipping points” claims. “The discussion has been, ‘What really happens when you have a dry-up of ag land?’ ’’ said Peter Nichols, water attorney for the Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District.

April 23, 2010--Reservoir levels could be lower than average (Durango Herald)

A good winter's snow doesn't necessarily mean a lot of water for reservoirs in the spring and summer, a National Weather Service hydrologist says. Take Vallecito and Lemon reservoirs, for instance. The snowpack in the San Juan Mountains that feeds the Animas, Dolores, Pine and San Juan rivers and fills reservoirs peaked at 101 percent of average on April 1.

April 23, 2010--LAPLAWD district residents voting on property tax (Pine River Times)

Mail ballots have been sent to eligible voters within the La Plata/ Archuleta Water District (LAPLAWD) to decide whether to allow a property tax up to 5 mills, and to free the district from state TABOR limits on revenue and spending. Ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. May 4 to Harris Water Engineering, 954 E.

April 23, 2010--Compromise sought on rafting bill (Sky-Hi Daily News)

The House on Friday rejected Senate attempts to turn a bill guaranteeing commercial rafters access to Colorado rivers into a study. The bill's sponsor, Rep. Kathleen Curry of Gunnison, says disputes over landowner liability and use of riverbanks by rafters can be worked out in a conference committee.

April 23, 2010--IBCC tackles ‘fairness’ in water deals (Pueblo Chieftain)

A state panel seeking to iron out differences in water transfers struggled Thursday to find a common vision that’s fair for all for the state’s future. “We’ve been given a pop quiz,” Chips Barry, former director of Denver Water told the Interbasin Compact Committee.

April 23, 2010--State water committee honors Wright (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Interbasin Compact Committee honored the memory of San Luis Valley water leader Ray Wright Thursday. Wright, 56, and Doug Shriver, 53, both of Monte Vista, were killed when snow collapsed the roof of a cabin they were working on near Creede in March.