Archive - 2011

November 22nd

November 19, 2011--Lake-be-gone woes (Wall Street Journal)

It's getting wintry here on Bonny Lake in eastern Colorado, but Mike Webber is in his parka, fishing from his boat while he still can.

November 18th

November 19, 2011--U.S. probes cyber attack on water system (New York Times)

Federal investigators are looking into a report that hackers managed to remotely shut down a utility's water pump in central Illinois last week, in what could be the first known foreign cyber attack on a U.S. industrial system.

November 17th

November 18, 2011--Oil, gas drilling: Just add water (Pueblo Chieftain)

State Rep. Marsha Looper, D-Calhan is planning to introduce legislation next year that will require the Colorado Water Conservation Board to look at water availability for oil and gas drilling. That is also a recommendation of an industry group that reviewed Colorado regulations on drilling this year. There are also water quality issues associated with drilling, she said.

November 17, 2011--Forest Service, ski industry tussle over water rights (Summit Voice)

A decades-old water-rights struggle between the U.S. Forest and the ski industry flared up again this week, as the National Ski Areas Association charged that the agency wants to make an end run around state law and “take away” water rights worth tens of millions of dollars. The accusations came during a Nov.

November 16, 2011--Thirsty power plants threaten watersheds, study finds (New York Times)

The first chapter of a new report on the effect of power plants on freshwater systems has the feel of a documentary film. Imagine a camera panning the dessicated Texas landscape as a voice intones statistics from the brutal 2011 drought — a dried-up Brazos River, 80 days of 100-degree-plus temperatures in some locations, and so on.

November 14th

November 16, 2011--State agency examines Colorado headwaters areas (Denver Post)

Poor surface-water quality in some Colorado headwaters areas isn't due to human activities like mining but to geology, according to a new Colorado Geological Society study that exa

November 14, 2011--Operator of marinas defends his monopoly (Durango Herald)

The operator of the two marinas at Vallecito Reservoir said owners of private docks that have been removed from the lake were illegally operating money-making businesses. Area dude ranches, lodges and people who own a few cabins for guests undercut his business by acquiring lakefront property and installing a dock, Stan Folsom said Friday.

November 13, 2011--Map to help chart future of state water (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is working on an online mapping tool that would help water users predict the yield of systems in the Colorado River basin.

November 13, 2011--Rising air pollution worsens drought, flooding, new study finds (Science Daily)

Increases in air pollution and other particulate matter in the atmosphere can strongly affect cloud development in ways that reduce precipitation in dry regions or seasons, while increasing rain, snowfall and the intensity of severe storms in wet regions or seasons, says a new study by a University of Maryland-led team of researchers.