Archive - 2012

December 10th

December 7, 2012--Report shows warming weather may cost winter tourism $2 billion a year (Denver Post)

A new study says a warming climate could cost the country's winter tourism industry as much as $2 billion a season as snowpack dwindles.

December 6th

December 5, 2012--Green manure and cover crops: a water saving method (Alamosa Courier)

Irregular rains have some farmers and ranchers trying old tricks to conserve water and protect agriculture. Planting green manure/cover crops (gm/cc) to sustain the Earth might be as old as irrigation itself. It is similar to placing an umbrella over the soil, which sounds like something that would keep the water out, but it has the reverse effect.

December 5, 2012--Missouri River pipeline mulled to ease Front Range's water woes (Denver Post)

Importing water from the Missouri River to Colorado's semi-arid Front Range has emerged as an option western states are considering to deal with increasing overuse of the Colo

December 4, 2012--Forecasters optimistic about snow prospects (Vail Daily)

Don't put the summer tires back on just yet. A change in the weather is on its way. But it may take some time. The National Weather Service's office in Grand Junction predicts that a few minor storms may roll through northwest Colorado starting about the evening of Dec. 5.

December 2, 2012--With snow season starting dry, nervous officials worry about reservoirs (Grand Junction Sentinel)

It’s too early to panic, everyone agrees. But with this season of snowfall off to a lackluster start, water managers, utilities and agricultural interests all are anxious for the kind of storms that can lead next spring to refilled reservoirs and recharged watersheds after a year of drought.

December 2, 2012--What your lawn wants for Christmas in this Colorado weather: Water (Denver Post)

Becky Garber of the Associated Landscape Contractors of Colorado tells you why it’s even more important to water your lawn now, than it is in spring:

December 1, 2012--Drought impacts salmon run (Cortez Journal)

Withered crops and steep hay prices. Underwhelmed river guides. Overworked firefighters. Neighborhood visits from hungry, foraging bears. Drought conditions have thrown the rhythms and daily routines off kilter for many Colorado subgroups in 2012, including aquatic species.

December 1, 2012--Farmers, water providers detail impacts of current groundwater management (Greeley Tribune)

A two-day gathering of water experts, farmers and providers this week discussed the need to improve ways of how groundwater is currently managed, which some have blamed for the loss of tens of millions of dollars in economic activity.

December 1, 2012--New state water testing rule debated for oil and gas (Fairplay Flume)

The Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission plans on approving a new water quality testing rule for water wells around new oil and gas wells or new oil and gas production facilities on Dec. 10. A public hearing lasting 10 hours on COGCC’s proposed rule was held on Nov. 14 at the Denver Athletic Club meeting room in downtown Denver.

November 29th

November 29, 2012--Sen. Mark Udall calls on lame duck congress to pass mining reclamation fund legislation (Telluride Watch)

Colorado Senator Mark Udall is urging the U.S. House of Representatives to push through a bit of legislation during its lame duck session which would allow western states to tap federal funds earmarked for coal mine clean-up, and use them to address safety and environmental issues at abandoned hard rock mining sites instead.