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April 27th

April 27, 2011--Report: Colorado River Basin dams degrade national parks (Summit Citizens Voice)

A recent report finds that alterations to the natural state of rivers, such as the long-term presence of major dams and non-native species, and changes in water flow is altering the natural landscapes and cultural heritage found in national parks in the southwest.

April 26, 2011--Bureau releases March-end status of Jackson Gulch, McPhee (Cortez Journal)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released the March-end status of local reservoirs Jackson Gulch and McPhee. Jackson Gulch reservoir live content stood at 5,496 acre-feet with a 9,977 acre-feet maximum capacity and a 5,008 acre-feet average (1971-2000) end of month content.

April 26, 2011--Buildings taking it to the extreme by going off the water grid (Washington Post)

In one of Seattle’s most urban neighborhoods, a small elementary school is trying to wean itself off the city’s water grid. The classroom toilet composts and treats waste on site rather than flushing it into city sewer pipes. Water washed down sinks doesn’t flow into storm drains but recirculates to a 14-foot-high wall filled with plants, which will eventually soak it all up.

April 26, 2011--The West’s dams share a dirty secret (High Country News)

Surveys of 35 dams and reservoirs operated by the federal Bureau of Reclamation in the West reveal that they have lost some 4.6 million-acre-feet of their original storage capacity to the lowly dirt particle since they were built, most in the middle of the 20th century. That's about 8 percent of their storage capacity, or enough water to serve at least 9 million households.

April 25, 2011--A 21st-century water forecast (New York Times)

The broad-brush conclusion of a new federal report on the future impact of climate change on water in the West is a bit familiar. Throughout the West, there will be less snow, and what snow there is will melt faster. The dry Southwest is going to get drier, and the wet Northwest wetter.

April 24, 2011--A long time coming: Small-scale hydropower growing (Montrose Daily Press)

Mini-hydro, once common in the region, could be making a comeback after being displaced by coal-fired plants. This, despite a low-energy price for green power, and even though the American Tradition Institute recently sued the state over its 2010 law requiring 30 percent of Colorado's power come from renewable non-fossil fuel energy sources.

April 24, 2011--Denver Water, Western Slope near deal (Durango Herald)

Denver Water is nearing a deal aimed at easing concerns of western Colorado water users about the utility’s ability to divert more Colorado River water to the Front Range. The emerging agreement includes a provision for Denver Water to contribute about $22 million for water plants and to m

April 22nd

April 22, 2011--Navajo State Park opens marina, inspects for aquatic nuisance species (Pagosa Sun)

The boat ramp at Navajo State Park and the Two Rivers Marina have both opened and are gearing up for another year. All rental boats are tuned up and ready to go. There are fishing, pontoon and ski boats available for half day or full day rentals. The Two Rivers Marina is a full service marina including fuel, snacks, ice, tackle, live bait, slips and pump out station.

April 22, 2011--Micro-hydro projects could move faster with pilot program (Montrose Daily Press)

Though conditions of a new pilot program are are rigorous, if a micro-hydropower project complies with them, that project could be completed in a matter of months, rather than years. “The whole concept is to find a way to reduce federal red tape for low-impact projects,” said Francisco Flores, renewable energy program associate at the Colorado Governor’s Energy Office (GEO).

April 22, 2011--What consumers need to know before flood waters rise (CNN)

Is your neighborhood at risk from flood? Have you assumed that your homeowners or renters policy will replace your possessions if they are lost or damaged by a flood? The Colorado Division of Insurance reminds people to take stock of their belongings and check their insurance policies before the water starts to rise in their neighborhood.