Archive - Nov 2011


November 30th

November 29, 2011--Court rules against Albuquerque water permit (Denver Post)

The state Court of Appeals has ruled against the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County in a dispute over diverting water from the Rio Grande to supply drinking water for the metropolitan area.

November 28th

November 27, 2011--District protects Mancos watershed (Durango Herald)

Water is obviously the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the Mancos River: how that water gets to everyone, how it’s used, who uses it and keeping the river flowing correctly. There are many organizations in Mancos that have a direct influence on the river, the watershed that surrounds it and the condition and health of the river itself.

November 25th

November 26, 2011--Clean air, water rules spark different responses (New York Times)

Large and small companies have told Republican-led congressional committees what the party wants to hear: dire predictions of plant closings and layoffs if the Obama administration succeeds with plans to further curb air and water pollution. But their message to financial regulators and investors conveys less gloom and certainty.

Novembe 25, 2011--BuRec eyes salinity-control alternatives (Montrose Press)

When it comes to addressing salinity levels in the Dolores River, it may be time to “think outside the well.” The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on whether to continue using deep-well injection methods to reduce salinity loads where the river flows through the Paradox Valley, or to consider evaporative ponds.

November 25, 2011--Colorado Farm Bureau votes in favor of giving state engineer more flexibility (Windsor Now)

Marc Arnusch sees no need to downplay the significance of the water rights policy. “We took the most powerful step on water we’ve made in a while,” the Weld County farmer said earlier this week, referring to the Colorado Farm Bureau supporting a policy that would give more flexibility to the Office of the State Engineer in controlling the state’s water resources.

November 25, 2011--State parks, wildlife head: Water top issue (Pueblo Chieftain)

Early this year, Rick Cables took the job as director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife after serving as regional forester for the National Forest Service. It has meant a change of perspective. “The Forest Service had management responsibilities and, as a state, we’re the recipients,” said Cables, a Pueblo native who went to the work for the state in June.

November 23rd

November 24, 2011--Keeping the dialogue flowing (Durango Telegraph)

After what seems like years of being stuck in the same recirculating eddy, river runners are finally reporting progress on the Lower Dolores River. “Exciting things are happening after what has seemed like years of stalling,” said Jay Loschert, Dolores River Stewardship assistant for American Whitewater in a recent letter to local boaters.

November 23, 2011--Fracking of wells puts big demand on Colorado water (Denver Post)

Oil and gas drillers have bought at least 500 million gallons of water this year from cities for use in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," along C

November 23, 2011--Workers begin raising height of San Diego Co dam (Denver Post)

Construction has begun on the San Diego County Water Authority's $450 million project to raise the height of the San Vicente Dam. City News Service says workers began pouring concrete Tuesday. The dam's height will go from 220 feet to 337 feet, enabling San Vicente Reservoir to hold an additional 150,000 acre-feet of water when the project is completed in two years.

November 22, 2011--Abnormal levels of caffeine in water indicate human contamination (Science Daily)

Researchers led by Prof. Sébastien Sauvé of the University of Montreal's Department of Chemistry have discovered that traces of caffeine are a useful indicator of the contamination of our water by sewers.