Archive - 2011

December 22nd

December 21, 2011--Sierra snow drought could be one for record books (USA Today)

The situation couldn't be more different from this time last year, when the Lake Tahoe Basin's snowpack was at more than twice the normal levels. On Tuesday, Tahoe's snowpack was 10 percent of average. The situation not only affects the ski slopes but also the water supply. Dry western states' primary source of water all year is snow melt.

December 21, 2011--Colorado statewide snowpack well below average (Denver Post)

Colorado's snowpack level is lagging the historical average, despite a recent snowstorm. On Tuesday, the statewide snowpack was 77 percent of the 30-year average for the date. Snowpack in several river basins is below average, although the Upper Rio Grande in southern Colorado is at 104 percent of average. Melting snow from the mountains provides much of water in the state's waterways.

December 21st

December 20, 2011--Colorado River Basin a lab for federal water programs (Summit Voice)

A federal focus on water issues and climate change is paying dividends in the Colorado River Basin, where, under the WaterSMART program, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation has made 15 grants to various organizations to improve water and energy efficiency and to develop climate-change analysis tools.

December 19, 2011--Supreme Court upholds Valley water decision (Alamosa News)

In a decision handed down on Monday, the Colorado Supreme Court affirmed recently-retired Chief District/Water Judge O. John Kuenhold’s approval of the San Luis Valley’s first sub-district water management plan. “The General Assembly has adopted a series of statutes applicable to confined and unconfined aquifers within the San Luis Valley and Water Division No.

December 18, 2011--Town’s water supply drops unexpectedly (Telluride Daily Planet)

Telluride’s municipal water supply comes from Mill Creek, an energetic, splashy stream that courses year-round through steep, wooded terrain northwest of town. The creek normally meets the town’s demands just fine through the cold winter months and high-demand periods, but over the last couple of weeks, the water began to drop unexpectedly to very low levels.

December 18, 2011--Nitrogen pollution building in remote wilderness lakes (Summit Voice)

Even some of the most remote mountain lakes in the northern hemisphere have been affected by the long reach of human pollution, according to researchers who found traces of nitrogen compounds in more than 75 percent of the lakes they surveyed in Europe and the Rocky Mountains of North America.

December 17, 2011--MVI lets water info flow (Cortez Journal)

Financial disclosure and responsibility and system management were the major topics of discussion at a Montezuma Valley Irrigation Co.

December 20th

December 16, 2011--Novel device removes heavy metals from water (Science Daily)

Engineers at Brown University have developed a system that cleanly and efficiently removes trace heavy metals from water. In experiments, the researchers showed the system reduced cadmium, copper, and nickel concentrations, returning contaminated water to near or below federally acceptable standards.

December 14, 2011--Ophir Millsite owner sued for San Miguel River pollution discharges (Montrose Daily Press)

The Telluride-based Sheep Mountain Alliance filed suit against the electrical utility PacifiCorp on Monday over pollution discharges from a 1950s-era PacifiCorp-owned Silver Bell tailings facility located near Ophir. A number of mines used the Ophir mill that was purchased later by Pacificorp.

December 13th

December 14, 2011--Water wars: Arapahoe County snaps up farm water rights in northern Colorado (Greeley Tribune)

Arapahoe County has purchased the rights to thousands of acre-feet of agricultural water in northern Colorado, marking its first foray into the region and adding another chapter in the battle between farmers and cities for future water security.