Archive - 2011

November 14th

November 9, 2011--New Forest Service maps link healthy drinking water to healthy forests (North Forty News)

The U.S. Forest Service today unveiled a comprehensive series of maps that illustrate for the first time the crucial role Front Range forests play in sustaining the watersheds that are most important to the quality of Colorado’s surface drinking water.

November 8th

November 9, 2011--Water projects: Big needs, dwindling funds (Pueblo Chieftain)

Colorado has $4 billion of water infrastructure needs, but faces an ever-dwindling pool of funding to meet them. Water Infrastructure Network Colorado hosted a crowd of about 150 water providers, consultants or policymakers from throughout the state Tuesday to discuss how water projects can be funded as state and federal funds dry up.

November 7, 2011--MVIC water lease: What are the issues? (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma Valley Irrigation Company’s board of directors got a loud message from their stockholders last May: “we do not want to lease water to maintain instream flows.” Now the board is seeking to understand stockholder concerns. The company, which supplies water to a large ar

November 6, 2011--Evaluating drought’s impacts on tourism (Telluride News)

Even as Telluride residents watch their water supply arrive in the form of fairly regular snowfall, state and regional water officials plan for dry times. The Colorado Water Conservation Board hosted an informational meeting Wednesday about its Drought Assessment for Recreation and Tourism, or DART.

November 6, 2011--Scientists find evidence of ancient megadrought in Southwestern U.S. (Science Daily)

A new study at the the University of Arizona's Laboratory of Tree-Ring Research has revealed a previously unknown multi-decade drought period in the second century A.D. The findings give evidence that extended periods of aridity have occurred at intervals throughout our past. Almost 900 years ago, in the mid-12th century, the southwestern U.S.

November 7th

November 6, 2011--Texas votes on water conservation tax incentive (Denver Post)

When Texans head to the ballot box Tuesday they will be asked to approve a one-of-a-kind water conservation tax incentive that appears especially enticing during a record-break

November 4, 2011--The Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta future (Environmental News Network)

USGS scientists and academic colleagues have investigated how California's interconnected San Francisco Bay and Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta (the Bay-Delta system) is expected to change from 2010 to 2099 in response to both fast and moderate climate warming scenarios.

November 2nd

November 2, 2011--Durangoans approve buying A-LP water (Durango Herald)

Durango voters agreed Tuesday to go in debt to the tune of $4 million to buy water from the Animas-La Plata Project. The tally on Ballot Measure 2A, with all votes counted, showed that 1,972, or 61 percent, support the issue, compared with 1,274, 39 percent, who were opposed.

November 2, 2011--Rural district OKs $25M for water plants, pipelines (Durango Herald)

Voters in southwestern La Plata County gave solid support Tuesday to a request by the La Plata-Archuleta Water District to borrow up to $25 million to build a network of plants and pipelines to treat and distribute potable water.With all votes counted, 952, or 56 percent, of the voters favored the measure, compared with 736, or 44 percent, who were against it.