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July 19th

July 19, 2011--Reinventing the toilet for safe and affordable sanitation (Science Daily)

The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded Delft University of Technology (TU Delft, the Netherlands) a grant to 'Reinvent the toilet'. Aim of this project is to develop new technology for processing human waste without links to water, energy, or sewer lines, and at costs affordable to the poor in developing countries.

July 19, 2011--After drought, waters in Lake Mead start to rise (Environmental News Network)

Lake Mead is rising. For the first time in more than a decade, the water level in the country's largest reservoir is going up. Heavy winter snowfall in the mountains of Wyoming, Utah, and Colorado is melting and flowing into the Colorado River, which feeds Lake Mead.

July 18, 2011--Sewage leaking into Animas River (Denver Post)

Crews are working to stop a leak that has raw sewage flowing into the Animas River. City officials say the sewage has been flowing directly into the Animas River since at least Friday. The leak is located just north of the Durango Skate Park on the west bank of the river and appears to be flowing steadily, according to the Durango Herald.

July 14th

July 16, 2011--Energy, water funds slashed (Denver Post)

As lawmakers argued over long-term deficit reduction, the Republican-led House on Friday cut 20 percent from President Barack Obama's budget request for e

July 14, 2011--Water rights for thirsty Dryside? (Durango Herald)

Members of the Animas La Plata Water Conservancy District board want to take a new look at how 700 acre-feet of water from the Animas-La Plata Project is used. The district acquired 2,600 acre-feet of water when the A-LP, as it’s known, was created. The majority, 1,900 acre-feet, was for the city of Durango, with the remaining 700 acre-feet earmarked for an unspecified future need.

July 14, 2011--Evidence of mussels found at Lake Pueblo (Pueblo Chieftain)

Evidence of quagga mussels has been detected again at Lake Pueblo, the Colorado Division of Wildlife reported Wednesday. Veligers, the larval form of the clamlike creatures, were confirmed last week after microscopic and DNA testing by the Bureau of Reclamation from routine sampling of the reservoir in May.

July 12th

July 14, 2011--House votes to curtail EPA's water oversight (Denver Post)

The House passed a bill Wednesday that would sharply curtail the federal government's role in protecting waters from pollution by barring the Environmental Protection Agency from overruling state decisions on water quality. The bill passed on a 239-184 vote. Sixteen Democrats joined the majority of Republicans in supporting it.

July 11, 2011--'Crystal ball' tells water's future (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is using an electronic crystal ball — a computer model — to look at its future water supply.

July 10, 2011--Under Colorado law, rainfall can be legally diverted (Durango Herald)

Many people believe that collecting rainfall in Colorado is illegal. But that is like saying that diverting water from a river or well is illegal. Colorado water law governing the diversion and use of all tributary water, including rainfall, is basically the same regardless of its source.

July 9, 2011--New Mexico drought forces extreme measures (Durango Herald)

New Mexico water managers said Friday they are hopeful that summer rains will alleviate the pains of a persistent drought, but until then, they’re scrambling to meet demands across the state.