Archive - Jun 2010


June 30th

Fire Season

Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountain West are looking at an "average" fire season this year, forecasters said in their first seasonal wildfire assessment.

H2O Jo and Flo Now Available for Loan

The Water Information Program is now the proud owner of their own H2O Jo and Flo, seven-foot inflatable water balloon. The purchase was made possible with a partial grant from the Colorado Non-Point Source Program.

Obama Takes Grass-Roots Approach to Conservation

President Obama plans to direct the federal government to foster community-based efforts to save the nation's rivers, coastlines, farms, forests and other outdoor spaces as part of a new approach to conservation.

Hoover Dam and the American Century

The following, by Michael Hiltzik, a columnist for the Los Angeles Time, is adapted from "Colossus: Hoover Dam and the American Century," released in June from Free Press and available for loan through the Water Information Program.

Abandonment List Out in July

Abandonment of a water right involves its non-use and the demonstrated intent to legally give up the right to use water for the decreed purpose. The abandonment process is conducted by the Colorado Division of Water Resources every ten years pursuant to Section 37-92-401 of the Colorado Revised Statutes.

State Purchases Animas-La Plata Project Water

On June 7th Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law House Bill 1250--a construction-projects bill that authorizes the Colorado Water Conservation Board to purchase 10,400 acre-feet of water from the Animas-La Plata Project for $36 million. The state can now sell or lease water to water districts.

PAWSD Water Supply Community Workgroup

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) is coordinating a community work group of self-selected representatives of stakeholders from a broad spectrum of the community to decide the future of water storage for the community. It is hoped that a series of recommendations will be made by this work group to the PAWSD Board this fall.

June 29th

June 25, 2010--Senate panel advances anti-pollution bill (Washington Post)

The nation would impose tougher penalties on polluters under legislation approved by the Senate Judiciary Committee. The bill would require restitution to victims when oil companies or others violate the Clean Water Act, the nation's primary law against water pollution. Currently, restitution is not mandatory. Another provision would direct the U.S.

June 24th

June 22, 2010--Lake Nighthorse to be fenced (Durango Herald)

A construction crew Monday began marking where 18 miles of fence will be installed to control access to what is envisioned as the focal point of a water-oriented recreation area just southwest of Durango. The Weminuche Construction Authority workers were staking the path of a three-strand, smooth-wire, high-tensile barrier 36 inches high to isolate Lake Nighthorse from unwanted visitors.

June 22, 2010--Western Slope man receives national river-conservation award (Summit Daily)

Jeff Crane, executive director of the Colorado Watershed Assembly, was named a “National River Hero” at the recent National River Rally, hosted by the River Network. River Network, along with Tom's of Maine, presented the River Heroes Awards, which celebrate rivers and those who protect them. The National River Heroes are nominated and selected by peers.