Archive - Sep 2012


September 30th

September 30, 2012--Water resources committee OKs six bills for upcoming session (Pueblo Chieftain)

Five bills to protect water rights, another to change stormwater permit process and two resolutions were approved last week by the interim water resources committee. The actions represent concerns brought to the committee, which includes members of both houses, over the last two months by water users throughout the state.

September 28, 2012--Water costs getting more expensive (USA Today)

While most Americans worry about gas and heating oil prices, water rates have surged in the past dozen years, according to a USA TODAY study of 100 municipalities. Prices at least doubled in more than a quarter of the locations and even tripled in a few.

September 26, 2012--City considers annexing Lake Nighthorse (Durango Herald)

Lake Nighthorse is just two miles from downtown Durango, but opening up the 5,500-acre area for public recreation is seeming more distant. Cathy Metz, city director of parks and recreation, on Tuesday said she was less confident of city plans to open the lake to the public by summer 2013 because of complicating factors in reaching a lease agreement with the U.S.

September 26, 2012--Former governor promotes water conservation (Pueblo Chieftain)

Former Colorado Gov. Bill Ritter is promoting a campaign to substantially reduce water use in the Colorado River basin by the year 2020. The goal of the program is to reduce per-person daily water use in the Colorado River basin, and in communities that use water from the river, to 90 gallons per day. The figure includes only residential use, including landscape watering.

September 26th

September 24, 2012--Viruses help scientists battle pathogenic bacteria and improve water supply (Science Daily)

Infectious bacteria received a taste of their own medicine from University of Missouri researchers who used viruses to infect and kill colonies of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, common disease-causing bacteria. The viruses, known as bacteriophages, could be used to efficiently sanitize water treatment facilities and may aid in the fight against deadly antibiotic-resistant bacteria.

September 23, 2012--Climate Central reveals telling study of climate change & wildfire (Summit Daily)

A new analysis on western wildfires by Climate Central released Sept. 18 found that blazes seen this summer are now seven times more likely to occur than they were 70 years ago because of a continued warming trend, researchers say.

September 21, 2012--Working with drought (Pagosa Daily Post)

Colorado's U.S. Senator Mark Udall welcomed Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture John Salazar’s announcement today of a new Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (CREP) project to help conserve irrigation water and reduce groundwater withdrawal from the Rio Grande Basin.

September 21, 2012--Study puts higher price on Cement Creek cleanup (Durango Herald)

Building a treatment plant to remove heavy metals from abandoned mines along Cement Creek may cost $6.5 million, and operating it could cost another $910,000 a year, according to a Sunnyside Gold Corp. consultant. Sunnyside Gold Corp.