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June 28th

June 28, 2011--Land use change influences continental water cycle (Science Daily)

Forests, and tropical forests in particular, play an important role in the global water cycle. Delft University of Technology PhD researcher Ruud van der Ent (TU Delft, The Netherlands) has recently shown that evaporation from the Amazon forest is more than 50% responsible for the rainfall in Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and southern Brazil, where it feeds crops and rivers.

June 26, 2011--The year 2012 will be water celebration (Valley Courier)

The entire state will be involved in the Colorado Water 2012 celebration next year, and already plans are underway for various celebratory and educational events.

June 27th

June 26, 2011--Emissions from energy use in the water sector are poorly understood (Science Daily)

Greater understanding is needed of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy use in the water sector if it is to meet sustainability goals, according to researchers at the University of East Anglia.

June 24, 2011--Million: Pipeline to be built despite regulatory limbo (Coloradoan)

Embattled Fort Collins entrepreneur Aaron Million has until July 5 to inform the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers whether he wants the agency to proceed with the environmental review of his Regional Watershed Supply Project, which would pipe water 550 miles from Wyoming's Flaming Gorge Reservoir to Front Range water suppliers.

June 24, 2011--EPA, Interior announce urban waters initiative (Denver Post)

Baltimore is one of seven pilot cities nationwide participating in a new federal urban waters initiative announced Friday that doesn't promise any new funding but hopes to increase cooperation among federal and local agencies. Eleven federal agencies led by the U.S.

June 23, 2011--Animas River protection effort begins (Durango Telegraph)

The upper Animas River could be in for a little relief. The new River Protection Workgroup holds its first meeting June 23 with the aim of “protecting values” on the Animas River upstream of Baker’s Bridge. The meeting is set for 5:30 p.m.

June 23, 2011--Durango water use down 24% since 1990 (Durango Herald)

Cities in the Southwestern United States are saving enough water every year to fill Lake Nighthorse a dozen times, a new report says. The Pacific Institute report, to be released today, shows cities in the Colorado River Basin saved 2 million acre-feet a year compared with their per-person consumption rates in 1990.

June 23, 2011--Meetings focus on Navajo water rights (Durango Herald)

A proposed project that would divert hundreds of thousands of acre-feet of water from the San Juan River is the focus of a series of public meetings in northwestern New Mexico. The first meeting about the Navajo water-rights settlement was scheduled for Wednesday in Shiprock. More meetings were planned over the next several days in Aztec, Farmington and Bloomfield.

June 22, 2011--N.M. officials brace for fallout from wildfires (Boulder Daily Camera)

First came the smoke and flames. Now come the fears that damage left in the wake of a wildfire that charred nearly 28,000 acres along the New Mexico-Colorado border will cost one community its main drinking water supply.

June 22nd

June 22, 2011--Clean Water Act change slides through Senate (Los Angeles Times)

 A bill allowing pesticide manufacturers and users to avoid the Clean Water Act permitting process passed in the Senate Agriculture Committee today. If passed in the Senate, bill H.R.