Archive - Oct 2011


October 31, 2011--Study shows Navajo Nation sand dunes on the move (Denver Post)

A decade-long federal study says that a drier climate on the Navajo Nation is causing sand dunes to grow and move, potentially threatening grazing, roads and buildings. The study by a U.S.

October 30, 2011--Catastrophic drought in Texas causes global economic ripples (New York Times)

The drought map created by University College London shows a number of worryingly dry areas around the globe, in places including East Africa, Canada, France and Britain. But the largest area of catastrophic drought centers on Texas. It is an angry red swath on the map, signifying what has been the driest year in the state’s history.

October 30, 2011--Massive California farm-to-city water deal snared in litigation (Los Angeles Times)

A 2003 water pact between the Imperial Valley and San Diego County was supposed to be good for both parties, and for California. But the agreement — billed as the largest sale of water from farms to cities in the nation — is snared in litigation and the outcome is uncertain.

October 30, 2011--Back-to-back dry years worry NM water officials (Denver Post)

Everyone in New Mexico knows about the drought—from the farmers and ranchers who live on the plains to ditch riders in the Rio Grande Valley and backyard gardeners in the

October 28, 2011--EPA approves uranium mill pond near Naturita (Durango Herald)

A proposed Paradox Valley uranium mill cleared another hurdle Thursday, winning government approval to build 40 acres of wastewater ponds. The Environmental Protection Agency granted the approval to Energy Fuels Resources Corp., which has plans to build the country’s first uranium mill in

October 28th

Southwest Basin Roundtable

The Southwest Basin Roundtable (SBR) conducted their last quarterly meeting of 2011 on October 12th in Cortez. In addition to discussion of Roundtable business, to include fund balances both at the local and state levels, two new SBR representatives were elected.

Water 101 Seminar

The Sixth Annual Water 101 Seminar was successfully conducted on October 7th in Pagosa Springs. There were nearly 30 participants, many of whom were realtors and lawyers who received continuing education credits for their attendance. We were again honored to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs as the keynote speaker.

USGS WaterWatch

The U.S. Geological Survey has a fascinating interactive site for real-time information on stream flows, generally updated on an hourly basis.

Durango’s Worst Flood: October 5, 1911

Rainfall in semi-arid Southwest Colorado is usually a blessing, but in 1911, it was another story after 36 hours of rain dropped 3.42 inches of rain in Durango and 4 inches in Silverton.