Archive - Feb 2013


February 27th

February 26, 2013--BLM buys mining claims near Silverton (Durango Herald)

The Bureau of Land Management has acquired 285 acres of patented mining claims around Silverton as settlement in a lawsuit against a company that once operated the Mayflower Mill there. The agreement with Standard Metals Corp. consolidates BLM holdings in the Alpine Triangle and allows the agency to better protect cultural resources, wildlife habitat and viewsheds.

February 25th

February 24, 2013--Water: Lake Powell may dry up within a few decades (Summit Voice)

Some of the West’s biggest reservoirs could dry up completely as the region gets warmer and drier in coming decades, and major increases in storage capacity probably won’t help address regional water shortages, according to a new study authored by researchers with Colorado State University, Princeton and the U.S. Forest Service.

February 23, 2013--Bennett calls for money for Colorado's burned watersheds (Colorado Springs Gazette)

Colorado Senator Michael Bennet stood in the snow on the Waldo Canyon burn scar on Friday and condemned the "political games in Washington" that he claims forestalle

February 22, 2013--Colo. looks 'dismal' for spring snow pack, reservoir storage (Boulder Daily Camera)

Colorado faces a "pretty dismal" outlook in terms of snow pack and reservoir storage over the next three months, according to one of the presenters Thursday participating in the National Drought Early Warning Outlook in Washington, D.C.

February 22, 2013--Drought forecast to linger, spread in Plains, West (Denver Post)

Climate experts say the drought affecting more than half of the nation will persist in the Great Plains and West through the spring and spread over more of California, Texas and Fl

February 21st

February 21, 2013--House unanimously passes small hydro legislation (Telluride Watch)

The Hydropower Regulatory Efficiency Act gushed past an important milestone last Wednesday, Feb. 13 when the U.S. House of Representatives approved its passage by a vote of 422-0.The bipartisan legislation seeks to streamline the federal licensing requirements for small hydro projects across the U.S. Local supporters of the bill hailed its passage.

February 20, 2013--Colorado: Snowpack creeping up, still trailing 2012 (Summit Voice)

Colorado’s snowpack is making a mini-comeback, with February snowfall running close to normal across the mountains, piling up at an average rate of 1 to 2 inches per day. With another storm set to roll into the Rockies the second part of the week, some SNOTEL sites in the southwestern mountains could reach close to average for the first time this winter.

February 20, 2013--Drought water problems require new thinking (Coloradoan)

While history shows that droughts end eventually, the underlying problem of water scarcity in Colorado is worrisome. Studies show that our demands are outstripping supplies, even in normal years, and something must change if we are to adapt successfully. Water scarcity is a worldwide issue due to climate change, population growth and rising aspirations.

February 20, 2013--Obama fleshes out plans for infrastructure projects (New York Times)

The White House on Wednesday fleshed out the plans President Obama announced in the State of the Union address to repair the nation’s ailing infrastructure. The draft sounds three major themes that Mr.

February 20th

February 19, 2013--Top mayors show support for $2B water measure (Denver Post)

The mayors of Houston, Dallas and Austin told lawmakers on Tuesday that they support a proposed $2 billion fund to finance water projects across the state and would like to see les