Archive - 2011

December 3rd

December 1, 2011--Drought lingers in Southern Colorado (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought that began 16 months ago persists in Southeastern Colorado. Baca County is in extreme drought, while much of the Lower Arkansas Valley and the Rio Grande basin are in severe drought, according to the latest assessment by the  U.S. Drought Monitor. The state has activated an agricultural impact task force as the drought moves into its second growing season.

December 1st

December 1, 2011--NASA satellites find Texas groundwater at record low (Washington Post)

A historic drought has depleted Texas aquifers to lows rarely seen since 1948, and it could take months — or even years — for the groundwater supplies to fully recharge, scientists who study NASA satellite data said Wednesday.

November 30, 2011--Water for the river (Telluride News)

The San Miguel River winds surreptitiously around the edge of town before dropping some 3,000 feet on its way to the desert. For the most part, the river is unhindered by man’s works. For anglers and recreational boaters that means a trove of enjoyable stretches.

November 30, 2011--Colorado River basin study enters next phase (Pagosa Daily Post)

Yesterday, the Colorado River Basin States (“Basin States”) and the Bureau of Reclamation publicly announced a process by which stakeholder and public input is being solicited for the most recent phase of the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study.

November 30th

November 29, 2011--Court rules against Albuquerque water permit (Denver Post)

The state Court of Appeals has ruled against the city of Albuquerque and Bernalillo County in a dispute over diverting water from the Rio Grande to supply drinking water for the metropolitan area.

November 28th

November 27, 2011--District protects Mancos watershed (Durango Herald)

Water is obviously the first thing that comes to mind when people think of the Mancos River: how that water gets to everyone, how it’s used, who uses it and keeping the river flowing correctly. There are many organizations in Mancos that have a direct influence on the river, the watershed that surrounds it and the condition and health of the river itself.

November 25th

November 26, 2011--Clean air, water rules spark different responses (New York Times)

Large and small companies have told Republican-led congressional committees what the party wants to hear: dire predictions of plant closings and layoffs if the Obama administration succeeds with plans to further curb air and water pollution. But their message to financial regulators and investors conveys less gloom and certainty.

Novembe 25, 2011--BuRec eyes salinity-control alternatives (Montrose Press)

When it comes to addressing salinity levels in the Dolores River, it may be time to “think outside the well.” The Bureau of Reclamation is seeking public input on whether to continue using deep-well injection methods to reduce salinity loads where the river flows through the Paradox Valley, or to consider evaporative ponds.

November 25, 2011--Colorado Farm Bureau votes in favor of giving state engineer more flexibility (Windsor Now)

Marc Arnusch sees no need to downplay the significance of the water rights policy. “We took the most powerful step on water we’ve made in a while,” the Weld County farmer said earlier this week, referring to the Colorado Farm Bureau supporting a policy that would give more flexibility to the Office of the State Engineer in controlling the state’s water resources.

November 25, 2011--State parks, wildlife head: Water top issue (Pueblo Chieftain)

Early this year, Rick Cables took the job as director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife after serving as regional forester for the National Forest Service. It has meant a change of perspective. “The Forest Service had management responsibilities and, as a state, we’re the recipients,” said Cables, a Pueblo native who went to the work for the state in June.