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September 28th

September 28, 2011--Managing future forests for water (Science Daily)

Forest Service Southern Research Station (SRS) scientists recently used long-term data from the Coweeta Hydrological Laboratory (Coweeta) in Western North Carolina to examine the feasibility of managing forests for water supply under the changing weather conditions forecast for the future.

September 28, 2011--Metro State gets $1M for water studies program (Denver Business Journal)

An anonymous donor from Colorado has given Metropolitan State College of Denver $1 million to establish an interdisciplinary education program, the One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship (OWOW Center). It’s the largest private cash donation given to the college.

September 27, 2011--World has 'enough water' for future food needs (Environmental News Network)

There is enough water in the world's rivers to meet the demands of the expanding global population, but the rivers have to be better managed, according to a series of studies released today at the 14th World Water Congress in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil.

September 27th

September 25, 2011--Water lease test aims to end 'buy and dry' trend (Aurora Sentinel)

A pilot project in Colorado's Arkansas Valley seeks to break a "buy and dry" trend in which thirsty cities buy water rights from farmers desperate for cash in times of severe drought, only to permanently parch cropland, shutter farms and hurt the tax bases of agricultural towns.

September 23, 2011--State water board approves instream flow on the lower San Miguel River (Telluride Daily)

The San Miguel River, a 70-mile ribbon of water that flows from the north side of Wasatch Mountain to a desert canyon in Montrose County, isn’t a river that experiences huge flows. Even during spring runoff, the river normally stays below 1,500 cfs, and in winter months, it drops to less than 100 cfs.

September 22, 2011--Buying into Animas-La Plata (Durango Telegraph)

Durango voters will soon decide whether or not to take a gulp from the Animas-La Plata Project. This year’s ballot, which is mail-in only, will contain a measure from the City of Durango asking residents to approve a $4 million loan to be used to buy 3,800 acre feet annually from the project. City Charter requires a vote of the electorate before assuming debt.

September 21, 2011--Water, water nowhere? (Telluride Watch)

By some models, the Front Range of Colorado will drink 350 billion more gallons of water each year by 2050 than it already does. Three hundred and fifty billion. Colorado’s population is expected to double in that time, with a bulk of that concentrated along the I-25 Corridor. Where will all that water come from?

September 21, 2011--State asks for minor fixes for water-treatment plant (Durango Herald)

Every three years, the Department of Public Health and Environment conducts a sanitary inspection of municipal water-treatment facilities. Recenty, the state health department gave Durango its inspection, and Durango Public Works Director Jack Rogers said he was fairly satisfied with the report card.

September 20th

September 20, 2011--Ernest House Sr. dies in motorcycle accident, praised for leadership of Ute Mountain Ute tribe (Denver Post)

Ernest House Sr. grew up in Mancos Canyon near his grandfather, Chief Jack House, the last hereditary chief of the Ute Mountain Ute tribe. Before his death in 1971, Chief House moved in with Ernest and his wife.

September 19, 2011--How energy drains water supplies (New York Times)

Planners must pay more attention to how much water is needed in energy production. “Water and energy are really linked,” said Henrik Larsen, a water policy expert with the DHI Group, a research and consulting firm based in Denmark.