Archive - Oct 2012


October 30th

October 29, 2012--River floods predicted using new technology (Environmental News Network)

Scientists are now using high-tech solutions to provide real-time forecast of the dangers of river floods caused by climate change and human activities to help avoid disasters. Not all countries are equal in the face of floods.

October 29, 2012--Endangered razorback sucker discovered in Grand Canyon (High Country News)

On Oct. 9, biologists electrofishing in Grand Canyon National Park caught a razorback sucker -- the first one seen in the park in 20 years. The endangered fish, known for its distinctive humpback, huge size (up to three feet long!) and long life (40-plus years!) was once common in the Colorado River and its tributaries.

October 29, 2012--Western communities boiling over water quality (Denver Post)

Communities across the West are demanding limits on oil shale drilling along the Colorado River over concerns the thirst for oil could lead to polluted water supplies for millions of people. The worries have prompted proposals to limit acreage available for leasing.

October 28, 2012--State grant furthers water district project (Durango Herald)

The La Plata Archuleta Water District, preparing to break ground on its first pipeline network, has received $500,000 from state sources to further the project. A Colorado Water Conservation Board grant will cover $475,000, with the remainder coming from the Southwest Basin Roundtable’s share of the Water Supply Reserve Account. Ground breaking is scheduled Nov. 13.

October 28, 2012--'Water Wrangling' for the West Slope (Post Independent)

“The River District” is the familiar name for the Colorado River Water Conservation District, which is now completing three-quarters of a century of “conservation of the water of the Colorado River in Colorado,” as its 1937 originating legislation put it. Glenwood Springs attorney and rancher Frank Delaney authored that legislation.

October 27, 2012--How US drought damaged economy as well as crops (Denver Post)

The worst drought in decades didn't just shrivel corn and soybeans. It shrank economic growth too. The government said Friday that the U.S.

October 26, 2012--Researchers emphasize the need to monitor rivers for Triclosan (Environmental News Network)

Ever heard of triclosan? As an antibacterial and antifungal agent, it is used in everything from toothpaste, to soaps, socks and trash bags. While the US Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the European Union all regulate triclosan, the chemical is not monitored and often gets absorbed into sewage sludge after wastewater treatment.

October 26, 2012--Winter moisture a must to help ease NM drought (Denver Post)

Nearly all of New Mexico continues to grapple with some level of drought, and federal forecasting models show those conditions are likely to persist through January.  State and federal officials reported during a drought monitoring meeting Thursday that there has been only one day of rain so far this month in the eastern half of New Mexico.

October 25th

October 25, 2012--Red Cross delivers drinking water to Navajo village (Durango Herald)

The American Red Cross has delivered 180 cases of drinking water to residents of the Navajo Nation Ramah Chapter House after a well pump failure in the small northwestern New Mexico village of Mountain View, about 250 miles west of Albuquerque. Officials say 150 families were affected Wednesday.

October 22nd

October 23, 2012--Water rights, avoiding water conflicts (Trinidad Times)

The issue of who gets the water that flows from the Arkansas River Basin is of great concern to the people of southeastern Colorado at a time of extreme drought, an expanding population in many areas of the state and resulting pressure on limited water resources in the region.