Archive - 2011

November 23rd

November 24, 2011--Keeping the dialogue flowing (Durango Telegraph)

After what seems like years of being stuck in the same recirculating eddy, river runners are finally reporting progress on the Lower Dolores River. “Exciting things are happening after what has seemed like years of stalling,” said Jay Loschert, Dolores River Stewardship assistant for American Whitewater in a recent letter to local boaters.

November 23, 2011--Fracking of wells puts big demand on Colorado water (Denver Post)

Oil and gas drillers have bought at least 500 million gallons of water this year from cities for use in hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking," along C

November 23, 2011--Workers begin raising height of San Diego Co dam (Denver Post)

Construction has begun on the San Diego County Water Authority's $450 million project to raise the height of the San Vicente Dam. City News Service says workers began pouring concrete Tuesday. The dam's height will go from 220 feet to 337 feet, enabling San Vicente Reservoir to hold an additional 150,000 acre-feet of water when the project is completed in two years.

November 22, 2011--Abnormal levels of caffeine in water indicate human contamination (Science Daily)

Researchers led by Prof. Sébastien Sauvé of the University of Montreal's Department of Chemistry have discovered that traces of caffeine are a useful indicator of the contamination of our water by sewers.

November 21, 2011--The Pueblo Chieftain, on estimates about the state's future water needs (Journal Advocate)

W hen Colorado water buffaloes tried to estimate the state's future water needs, they only looked at what they thought municipal and industrial users might need in the future. They paid scant attention to agriculture, except to accept the orthodoxy that ag water would be the source of the resource for cities. But wait a minute.

November 21, 2011--Judge voices support for big California water pact (Denver Post)

A state appeals judge on Monday strongly defended a landmark agreement on how Southern California gets its water, casting aside arguments that the pact should be scrapped because the state essentially wrote a blank check to save a dying lake. Justice Ronald Robie noted that the agreement addressed disputes that have long defied easy answers. "It's a question of finding a proper

November 20, 2011--Drought leaves slim pickings for migrating birds (Durango Herald)

From nesting grounds in Alaska and Idaho to the prairie potholes in Canada, thousands of sandhill cranes, snow geese and other migratory birds are making their way south to their traditional winter watering holes in the American Southwest.

November 20, 2011--Environment: Mining law overhaul is long overdue (Summit Voice)

If federal lawmakers are serious about shrinking the budget deficit, they should be looking seriously at a proposal by U.S. Rep. Ed Markey (D-MA) that would make sure the oil, gas and mining industries pay their fare share. Markey introduced his proposed legislation in the House Natural Resources Committee last week.

November 20, 2011--Pumping water from High Plains aquifer reducing stream flows, threatening fish habitat (Environmental News Network)

Suitable habitat for native fishes in many Great Plains streams has been significantly reduced by the pumping of groundwater from the High Plains aquifer -- and scientists analyzing the water loss say ecological futures for these fishes are "bleak." Results of their study have been published in the journal Ecohydrology.

November 22nd

November 19, 2011--Utes wish for water (Cortez Journal)

In an effort to ensure water resources for agricultural production, the Ute Mountain Ute tribe wants to purchase more water rights from the Dolores Water Conservation District. A letter requesting the increase was sent to the conservation district in early October.