Archive - 2010

November 2nd

November 2, 2010--Rising seas and the groundwater equation (New York Times)

Worldwide overpumping of groundwater, particularly in northern India, Iran, Mexico, northeastern China and the American West, more than doubled from 1960 to 2000 and is responsible for about 25 percent of the rise in sea level, according to estimates in a new study by a team of Dutch researchers published in Geophysical Review Letters.

November 1, 2010--'Cloud seeding' not effective at producing rain as once thought, new research shows (Science Daily)

In many areas of the world, including California's Mojave Desert, rain is a precious and rare resource. To encourage rainfall, scientists use "cloud seeding," a weather modification process designed to increase precipitation amounts by dispersing chemicals into the clouds.

November 1, 2010--Supreme Court asks Obama admin to weigh in on riverbed dispute (New York Times)

The Supreme Court asked for the Obama administration's views today on whether the Montana Supreme Court correctly ruled that a power company must pay rent for the use of riverbeds where its hydroelectric dams are located. The decision to ask for the federal government to weigh in on the case indicates the court has a keen interest in the issues and is more likely than not to eventually dec

October 31, 2010--More bad news on ‘gender-bending’ water pollutants (Summit Voice)

More research from the UK is showing that remnant chemicals from birth control pills, hormone therapy drugs, plastics manufacturing and other sources — collectively known to contain endocrine disrupting chemicals — are bending the gender of fish.

October 30, 2010--Surface irrigation rules get OK (Pueblo Chieftain)

State rules on surface irrigation improvements were signed by Division 2 Water Judge Dennis Maes this week, ending nearly three years of meetings on the rules. “The process worked,” said State Engineer Dick Wolfe, who filed the application for the rules. “That was our vision from the outset.

October 29, 2010--Building a water plant together? (Pine River Times)

Cooperation got a positive response on Oct. 19 at a joint meeting of Bayfield town trustees and La Plata/ Archuleta Water District board members. They discussed a possible joint venture to expand the town’s existing water treatment plant or to build a new one. Either one would provide water to both entities.

October 28, 2010--How pine bark beetles created an elaborate and deadly mess (New York Times)

Cal Wettstein presides over a sea of dead and dying trees the size of Connecticut. Across his domain, hillsides blanketed with lodgepole pines are in the final throes -- their needles are turning red, or their trunks are tipping precariously to one side. Others are already rotting on the forest floor.

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.