Archive - Mar 2012


March 29th

March 28, 2012--District to hold annual Water Seminar in Durango (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The Southwestern Water Conservation District will hold its 30th annual Water Seminar on Friday, April 6, at the Doubletree Hotel, 501 Camino del Rio, Durango. This year’s theme is “2012“ — Water Through the Looking Glass,” and we have a lineup of notable speakers who will address water history in Colorado and water issues in the West.

March 27, 2012--A trickle from McPhee for fickle fish (Cortez Journal)

This spring, water groups are allocating reservoir spill water to help native fish species on the Lower Dolores River. Unlike sport fish introduced from outside sources, native species have been swimming local rivers for an estimated 2 million years.

March 26, 2012--Navajo Nation is considering Grand Canyon for development (Durango Herald)

Generations of Navajo families have grazed livestock on a remote but spectacular mesa that overlooks the confluence of the Colorado and Little Colorado rivers. This is the East Rim of the majestic Grand Canyon – the last with no significant development.

March 26, 2012--Redford puts star power behind Colorado River film (New York Times)

Actor and director Robert Redford, a longtime environmental activist, has teamed with his son to film a documentary about the Colorado River system, which conservationists believe is endangered by decades of development and global warming. Redford, 76, who lives in Utah, traveled to Washington, D.C.

March 24, 2012--Mitchell Lakes now in public domain (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service has picked up 407 acres of private land in La Plata and Dolores counties, including a 160-acre inholding at Mitchell Lakes north of Durango. In exchange, the forest service ceded 53 acres in Summit County. The deal ends a long saga for Southwest Colorado that at one time involved several pieces of land and raised a local controversy.

March 23rd

March 23, 2012--Report: South Platte most polluted in Colorado (Denver Post)

An environmental group says the South Platte River is the most polluted waterway in Colorado. Environment Colorado released a report Thursday based on Environmental Protection Agency statistics from 2010. The group says that industrial facilities released more than 700,000 pounds of toxic chemicals into Colorado rivers that year, with a third ending up in the South Platte.

March 23, 2012--Appeal filed in Flaming Gorge water pipeline project (Denver Business Journal)

The Colorado businessman who wants to build a 501-mile pipeline to carry water from Wyoming to the Front Range wants the federal government to reconsider rejecting his proposal. The Associated Press reports that Aaron Million of Fort Collins filed the request Friday with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

March 22, 2012--Montrose County wages water war (Telluride Daily Planet)

Thursday is World Water Day, an annual reminder of the importance of water initiated by the United Nations in 1993. This year’s theme is Water and Food Security. In San Miguel County, food security seems assured as long as grocers’ trucks can continue making the trek to its communities.

March 22, 2012--Scarce drinking water -- and who's guzzling around the globe (Los Angeles Times)

Thursday is World Water Day. The event, a brainchild of the United Nations, was first celebrated nearly two decades ago and is meant to focus attention on the need for fresh water around the globe. Booming populations and shifting diets mean that water is expected to be in growing demand. More meat, for instance, means more water will be needed to support animals raised for slaughter.

March 22, 2012--U.S. forms water partnership to boost national, global security (Environmental News Service)

"While wars over water are unlikely within the next 10 years, water challenges - shortages, poor water quality, floods - will likely increase the risk of instability and state failure, exacerbate regional tensions, and distract countries from working with the United States on important policy objectives," according to an assessment released today by the U.S.