Archive - Jul 2013


July 19th

July 18, 2013--Drought is taking toll on ranchers and farmers (Durango Herald)

As we approach the midpoint of summer, the results of the drought are really starting to show their effects to the farmers and ranchers of Southwest Colorado. Because of limited or no irrigation water this year for crops and hay fields, many fields will not produce any forage for hay or grazing. This lack of feed is leaving livestock owners looking at some hard decisions for the coming winter.

July 17th

July 17, 2013--Study forecasts 50-year limit on Colorado River supply (Durango Herald)

With a bleak future looming for Colorado River water users, local leaders and government officials urged Congress to continue funding a study of the basin during a Senate subcommittee hearing Tuesday. “We need to make every drop count,” Sen.

July 17, 2013--A proposed alternative to ‘Wild and Scenic’ (Cortez Journal)

U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-Colo.) participated in a flyover of the lower Dolores River last week as part of a tour to discuss special legislation for the area. Public land including a 92-mile section of the river from McPhee Dam to the confluence with the San Miguel is being considered for a new National Conservation Area.

July 17, 2013--City water diversion official after decades (Cortez Journal)

Don’t be alarmed. It appears all is calm — with no more ripples — for a year-old City of Cortez water rights request to resolve an issue with generational roots dating back to an oversight early in the 1950s.

July 17, 2013--Teams assess post-fire flooding threats (Alamosa Courier)

While the West Fork Complex Fire cools under rainy summer skies; flash floods and debris flows become a growing threat to both property owners and natural resources.

July 17, 2013--Western drought prompts feds to truck water and food to wild horses (Los Angeles Times)

Persistent drought in the West has prompted federal agencies to begin hauling water to wild horse herds in Nevada and restricting public lands grazing across the region. In one part of Lincoln County, Nev., the Bureau of Land Management said it is trucking 25,000 gallons of water per day, five days a week to four locations at a cost of $5,000 per day.

July 16th

July 16, 2013--Experts to testify at Colorado River supply gap Senate hearing (Northern Colorado Business Report)

Two Colorado water experts will testify Tuesday before the U.S. Senate Subcommittee on Water and Power to discuss increasing demand on the Colorado River. Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University, and Taylor Hawes, director of the Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program in Boulder, will testify on the U.S.

July 15th