Archive - Jun 2013


June 5th

June 5, 2013--EPA reports to congress on national safe drinking water needs (Environmental News Network)

Some 52,000 community water systems and 21,400 not-for-profit non-community water systems across the US will require approximately $384.2 billion of infrastructure investment through 2030 in order to assure the provision of safe drinking water to 297 million Americans, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) "Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment: Fifth

June 5, 2013--Judge upholds landmark California water accord (Denver Post)

A judge has upheld the nation's largest farm-to-city water transfer, ruling that state authorities in California properly considered the environmental effects of a landmark 2003 agreement over how to divide the state's share of water from the Colorado River.

June 4, 2013--Lightning starts small fire near Williams Creek Reservoir, red flag warning issued (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The Durango Interagency Fire Dispatch Center reports that southwestern Colorado is under a Red Flag Warning today with predictions of dry lightning storms, low chance of precipitation and low humidity levels. Because these conditions could result in the quick spread of any lightning ignitions, ground and air crews are standing by for quick initial attack response.

June 4, 2013--Dolores Project ekes out another half inch of water (Cortez Journal)

Dolores Project irrigators will receive a bit more water than previously announced, but drought conditions at McPhee Reservoir mean farmers can expect only 20 percent of their normal share this season.

June 4, 2013--Quantum model helps solve mysteries of water (Science Daily)

A research team from the National Physical Laboratory (NPL), the University of Edinburgh and IBM's TJ Watson Research Center reveals a major breakthrough in the modelling of water that could shed light on its mysterious properties.  Water is one of the most common and extensively studied substances on earth.

June 4, 2013--Climate change may increase the risk of severe thunderstorms (Science Daily)

Analysis has suggested that changes in the atmosphere will lead to more frequent conditions favorable for severe thunderstorms. According to recent studies there will be more damaging winds related to thunderstorms. The number of tornadoes and large hail is expected to remain at the same level as today.

June 4, 2013--New Mexico on fire (High Country News)

New Mexico is burning. Again. In June 2011, winds gusting up to 40 miles per hour propelled an aspen into a power line in the Jemez Mountains, near Los Alamos, igniting a 156,593-acre blaze that became known as the Las Conchas Fire.

June 3, 2013--Colorado water leaders to meet in Keystone (Northern Colorado Business Report)

The Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC), a statewide group of water leaders representing each of Colorado’s river basins, will meet in Keystone June 5 to begin work on the state water plan and review ongoing strategies for protecting and conserving Colorado’s water.

June 3, 2013--New study predicts rising irrigation costs, reduced yields for U.S. corn (Science Daily)

 If the climate continues to evolve as predicted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the United States stands little to no chance of satisfying its current biofuel goals, according to a new study by Rice University and the University of California at Davis.

June 3rd

June 2, 2013--Salazar protected state water resources (Pueblo Chieftain)

Ken Salazar’s balanced, smart approach to protecting Western water from costly oil shale speculation has been right for our farmers and ranchers and right for Colorado.