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March 30th

March 31, 2011--Water experts discuss projected water shortfalls (Denver Post)

With a massive water shortfall looming by 2050, it's time for the state to step in and plot a direction for meeting future demand, a Denver-area water official said Thursday.  State legislators in 2005 created nine roundtables representing eight river basins around the state plus the thirsty, populated Denver area.

March 30, 2011--House passes gas and water measure (Durango Herald)

A bill to boost the state’s legal case in lawsuits over gas and oil drilling won unanimous approval Tuesday in the state House of Representatives.

March 30, 2011--Wet winter can't slake west's thirst (Wall Street Journal)

For the 30 million Americans who depend on the Colorado River for their water, this past winter's soaking rains and snows will only leave them thirsting for more. Water managers warn that Lake Mead, the West's largest and most important reservoir, remains perilously near the level of 1,075 feet at which the U.S.

March 29, 2011--Court finds for Pine River ranchers (Durango Herald)

A divided state Supreme Court has ruled for several Bayfield-area ditch companies in a water-rights dispute with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe. Tje 4-3 ruling solidified water rights for the King Consolidated Ditch Company and seven others.

March 29, 2011--Gov. expected to declare California's drought over (Los Angeles Times)

Gov. Jerry Brown is about to make official what a winter of downpours and rising reservoir levels have already made obvious: California's drought is over. Brown is expected to lift the state's 3-year-old drought declaration Wednesday, when the next snow survey is conducted.

March 27, 2011--Colorado weather: La Niña fades, what’s next? (Summit Voice)

This year’s La Niña has — for the most part — behaved as predicted by weather experts, who called for a bullseye of snow in the northwestern part of the state, with dry conditions elsewhere, especially across the Front Range.

March 24, 2011--Cutting carbon dioxide could help prevent droughts, new research shows (Science Daily)

Recent climate modeling has shown that reducing the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere would give Earth a wetter climate in the short term. New research from Carnegie Global Ecology scientists Long Cao and Ken Caldeira offers a novel explanation for why climates are wetter when atmospheric carbon dioxide (CO2) concentrations are decreasing.

March 23, 2011--Rancher-oil water dispute prompts Colorado bill (Summit Daily)

Lawmakers are moving to strengthen the state's hand in water lawsuits with a bill prompted by a dispute between southwest Colorado ranchers and gas and oil drillers. A House committee voted 13-0 Monday in favor of a bill that raises the legal standard for the ranchers suing the state engineer over allowing certain oil wells to be drilled without water permits.

March 23, 2011--U.S. government, World Bank pool assets to ease water scarcity (Environmental News Service)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and World Bank President Robert Zoellick Tuesday signed an unprecedented memorandum of understanding that harnesses their strengths to improve water security in developing countries and reduce tension between nations over shared waters. The agreement was signed at the World Bank headquarters in Washington in recognition of World Water Day.