Archive - 2011

December 29th

December 30, 2011--Transmountain water deal still on hold (Summit Voice)

An agreement touted last April as ending Colorado’s transmountain water wars is still on hold, pending final approval by 35 different entities that are part of the deal.

December 28, 2011--What do you want from your river? (Durango Herald)

The city of Durango next month will renew the public process aimed at producing its first-ever formal Animas River management plan. Public workshops are scheduled Jan. 4 and 5 from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center, Cathy Metz, director of the Parks and Recreation Department, said Tuesday.

December 26th

December 27, 2011--Hopis lose snowmaking lawsuit in Ariz. (Durango Herald)

The Hopi Tribe has lost a round in court in its bid to stop Flagstaff from selling treated sewage water to Arizona Snowbowl. The Arizona Daily Sunreports Coconino County Superior Court Judge Joe Lodge ruled in favor of the city last week. It’s not clear if the Hopis will appeal the decision.

December 25, 2011--Town still urging people to conserve water (Telluride News)

Last week, Telluride officials urged residents and visitors to conserve water after the town’s municipal water supply unexpectedly dropped to very low levels. A week has passed. And while not much has changed with the water supply — levels remain low — what has changed is the amount of people in town, using that water.

December 24, 2011--Rocky Mountain region water districts investing in cloud-seeding (Denver Post)

With the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District facing steep revenue declines, district manager Frank Kugel realized the season's cloud-seeding budge

December 23, 2011--Colorado River District opposes Flaming Gorge pumpback proposal (Colorado Independent)

The Colorado River District is opposing a proposal to pump water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in southwest Wyoming through a pipeline to Colorado's Front Range.

December 22nd

December 23, 2011--Historic mercury regs from EPA a boon for health, the environment and jobs (Environmental News Network)

A few small drops of mercury can contaminate a 20-acre lake and the fish that happen to reside there, thanks to coal-fired plant emissions. That’s a major reason why the EPA’s decision to regulate the emissions of mercury, lead and other toxic pollutants from coal- and oil-fired plants is a major victory for the health and environmental welfare of the nation.

December 21, 2011--Miramonte Reservoir designated State Natural Area (Norwood Daily Post)

An uncommon grass, a new and extremely rare species of flower, and premier Gunnison sage-grouse habitat combined to help make the already-popular Dan Noble State Wildlife Area at Miramonte Reservoir, south of Norwood, into one of the three newly-designated Colorado State Natural Areas last week.

December 21, 2011--Water works (Montrose Daily Press)

To protect future growth, Montrose County needs to secure water rights against an instream flow claim on a 17.4-mile stretch of the San Miguel River, officials say. State and federal agencies, along with other parties, are angling for in-stream flow rights on the same portion of river — an action they say is necessary to protect fish species of concern.

December 21, 2011--Study links urban areas with mercury in lakes (Pueblo Chieftain)

A new study more closely links industrial areas to deposits of mercury in lakes. The study found atmospheric deposition of mercury is about four times higher in lakes near several major U.S. cities compared to lakes in remote areas, the U.S. Geological Survey announced Tuesday. The study included lakes in the Denver area.