Archive - Oct 2013


October 31, 2013--Tipton urges more storage (Pueblo Chieftain)

More storage is needed to prevent flooding and provide certainty for Western agriculture during droughts, U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton said Tuesday. “Without the ability to store the water that falls on Colorado’s slopes, the West as we know it would not exist,” Tipton said during a House water and power subcommittee hearing.

October 29, 2013--An engineer’s focus on fixing the nation’s infrastructure gains momentum (Virginia Tech)

Four years ago, America’s energy infrastructure system earned a “D+” and the water infrastructure system earned a “D” on its report card, issued by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Unfortunately, not much has changed. The professional society gave energy and water infrastructure a D+ for 2013.

October 28, 2013--Western flash floods, debris flows increase with worsening wildfire seasons (Water World)

Western U.S. states are facing an increase in flash floods and debris flows in the wake of longer and worsening wildfire seasons. These runaway torrents made of rock, mud and water can barrel down mountain channels with little or no warning and destroy roads, homes and anything else in their path.

October 28th

October 27, 2013--New crop of tech-savvy farmers using mobile apps to sow results in the field, make job easier (Washington Post)

Across the country, farmers are relying on new cyber tools to manage manure and fertilizer applications, monitor irrigation systems, coordinate harvests and check the weather and real-time agricultural markets. “The tech-savvy farmer is able to speed up the decision-making cycle a

October 27, 2013--West trends toward super drought (Post Independent)

Colorado’s southeast plains have turned into a swirling dust bowl. Nevada is relocating herds of wild horses and cattle off parched federal rangelands. The Wyoming Weather Modification Pilot Program is regularly seeding clouds to make rain.

October 26, 2013--Easy ways to use less energy and water at home (Journal Advocate)

You can save hundreds of dollars by making some easy energy and water-saving changes around the house. Many of them won't cost you anything. And some of them don't require any extra work. A big bonus is that they'll also help save the planet. Here are some penny-pinching tips to try:

October 25, 2013--Wolfe to irrigators: Comply or shut down (Valley Courier)

Colorado Division of Water Resources State Engineer Dick Wolfe and Deputy State Engineer Michael Sullivan reminded the large crowd attending a well rules advisory committee meeting on Thursday they mean business about implementing groundwater regulations. "You are going to get shut off," Wolfe responded to a question on Thursday about what will happen to irrigators who neither ha

October 25th

October 24, 2013--Colorado Water Conservation Board making $40 million available for flood recovery loans (Boulder Daily Camera)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board has freed up $40 million in funds for low-interest loans to help irrigators and other water users start repairing systems damaged by the flooding that hit the state in September. The board had designated $15 million earlier this month, but this week added $25 million to that figure.