Archive - May 2013

May 31, 2013--USCM, AWWA, WEF suggest new criteria for federal water mandates (Water World)

The U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM), the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF) recently issued a joint brief that proposes new criteria for federal water mandates, as federal requirements to meet specific environmental standards have increased water bills for many utilties, businesses and consumers.

May 31, 2013--Water resources measure pushed forward by Senate (Water World)

The U.S. Senate has passed a massive water program bill that included the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) for utilities. It now goes to the House for consideration. The measure was included in the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), which authorizes an array of politically popular Corps of Engineers water projects.

May 30, 2013--Montezuma County-BLM water dispute lives (Durango Herald)

Two Montezuma County landowner groups and the county itself have told a water-court judge they’re not anywhere near settling a dispute over water claimed by the Bureau of Land Management.

May 30, 2013--California plan to overhaul water system hub to cost $25 billion (Los Angeles Times)

The state plan to overhaul the hub of California's water system will cost nearly $25 billion to build and operate, according to preliminary figures released Wednesday. The proposal, backed by Gov.

May 30, 2013--7 states need 'innovative thinking' in Colorado River drought (Los Angeles Times)

As everyone knows, Mark Twain said: In the West, whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting. But with drought strangling the Colorado River, the seven states that depend on the river need to cooperate as never before in sharing and conserving this priceless commodity, according to federal agencies that oversee river allocations.

May 30, 2013--Farmers turn to drip-tape irrigation to save water (Los Angeles Times)

Last year, the federal government gave farmer Dan Errotabere half of the water it had awarded him the previous year to cultivate his 5,200 acres. But he still managed to reap a yield as much as 25% higher.

May 29th

May 29, 2013--Governor signs conservation easement bills (Cortez Journal)

The Colorado governor showed some love for the southwest corner of his realm, visiting the Dolores River Valley Thursday to sign two bills related to extending tax credits for land conservation easements. Earlier in the day. Gov.

May 29, 2013--Forest Service ‘red zone’ report highlights sucesses of fuel treatments, challenges of more exurban growth (Summit Voice)

 As the U.S. population grows, so does exurban development in the fire-prone red zone, formally and awkwardly called the wildland-urban interface. Just in the last decade of the 20th century, the WUI grew by 18 percent, putting more lives, homes and infrastructure in harm’s way. According to a new U.S.

May 28, 2013--States dependent on Colorado River consider conservation effort (Los Angeles Times)

Officials in the seven states that depend on the drought-beset Colorado River expressed a cautious willingness Tuesday to join the federal government in a complex, possibly contentious effort to step up conservation.

May 28th