Archive - May 2011


May 30, 2011--Colorado in for a long, hot summer, forecast says (Denver Post)

As temperatures heat up a snowpack that's two to three times its normal depth, flooding is "likely" in parts of the high country, according to the Intermountain West Climate Summary released by regional forecasters and climatologist last week.

May 30, 2011--Thousands of old mines pollute Colorado waters, with no help in sight (Denver Post)

As mountain snow starts to melt, trickling toxic acid laced with dissolved metals — arsenic, cadmium, copper, zinc — is fouling Colorado watersheds.

May 29, 2011--Rafters keeping nervous eye on snowmelt (Durango Herald)

Swollen rivers fed by huge amounts of snow still waiting to melt off mountaintops have Colorado rafting guides bracing for a season that could be spectacular – or disastrous if the runs are too dangerous for rafting. The Coloradoan newspaper reports that Poudre River rafting companies are

May 28, 2011--Pine beetle epidemic likely to affect water flow in Routt County (Steamboat Today)

It was known early on that the 4 million acres of lodgepole pine infested by the beetle in Colorado and southern Wyoming would drastically change the landscape. The most obvious danger was the dead trees themselves, that unless removed, presented falling hazards for forest users.

May 27, 2011--NWS bulletin urges caution around rivers, streams (Pagosa Sun)

People are being warned to avoid flooded areas, and especially stay away from banks along swollen and flooded waterways. Spring snowmelt has caused high flows on many rivers and creeks in western Colorado and eastern Utah.

May 26, 2011--Mesa State College opens Water Center for research, education and policy (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Western Slope has had plenty of water observers, officials and attorneys, but it hasn’t had, until now, a focal point for the collection of water information. The Water Center at Mesa State College, however, is now in business and was inaugurated on Wednesday on campus.

May 26, 2011--City considers reservoir rec program (Durango Herald)

The possibility of finding a manager of recreation at Lake Nighthorse brightened this week when the city of Durango said it might assume the role. “We’re in an exploratory phase,” Cathy Metz, director of the city Parks and Recreation Department, said Wednesday.

May 26, 2011--McPhee will spill big (Cortez Journal)

Whitewater boaters can slip on their wetsuits, grab their oars and head for the Lower Dolores River after reservoir management announced a high-flow dam spill planned for the duration of Memorial Day Weekend.

May 26, 2011--Water: Colorado West Slope basin roundtables to meet (Summit Citizens)

Big picture water issues, including the  Colorado River Cooperative Agreement, water banking and the Flaming Gorge pipeline proposal, will be on the table May 26 at the Colorado Basin roundtable meeting in Grand Junction.

May 26, 2011--Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District plans for a long drought (Steamboat Today)

The Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District has embarked on an effort to improve the toolkit it would rely on to manage through a protracted drought the likes of which the valley has never seen.