Archive - 2013

November 29th

November 28, 2013--Small hydropower project near Silverton approved (Telluride Daily Planet)

One of the first new small hydroelectric power projects in the country is quickly taking shape in Silverton, thanks to new legislation championed by an Ophir man. The project might be relatively small — it will produce only around 11 kilowatts of electricity at any given time — but it represents a big change.

November 27, 2013--U.S. Forest Service surrenders water rights fight (La Junta Tribune)

In one of the biggest fights over water rights in recent years, the U.S.F.S. announced that it will no longer pursue the plan of forcing ski areas to surrender their water rights in order to renew their operating permits.

November 27th

November 26, 2013--Realising the true power of water - new report from global water intelligence (Water Online)

Water and power generation are inseparable. Fossil fuel-fired power stations require a reliable, consistent stream of treated water to operate effectively. Wastewater streams generated from the combustion of coal need adequate treatment before being discharged.

November 25, 2013--Bipartisan group of lawmakers introduces Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund Act of 2013 (Water Online)

Recently, Representative Earl Blumenauer (OR-03) introduced the bipartisan Water Protection and Reinvestment Trust Fund Act of 2013, along with Representatives Tim Bishop (NY-01), John Duncan (TN-02), Donna F. Edwards (MD-04) Richard Hanna (NY-22), Jim Moran (VA-08), Tom Petri (WI-06), and Ed Whitfield (KY-01).

November 25, 2013--Study helps water utilities prepare for, respond to wildfires (Water Research Foundation)

Water Research Foundation (WRF) completed a new study, “Effects of Wildfire on Drinking Water Utilities and Best Practices for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Mitigation” (project #4482).

November 26th

November 23, 2013--Solutions posed for Animas River toxins (Durano Herald)

Plans using a synthetic foam, a passive wetland and even sugarcane are the latest that members of the Animas River Stakeholders Group are considering in the battle against toxic waste coming from abandoned hardrock mines.

November 21, 2013--Bill is a disaster (Steamboat Today)

Last month, Representatives Scott Tipton, R-Colo., and Jared Polis, D-Colo., introduced H.R. 3189, the so called “Water Rights Protection Act.” While the bill was disguised as a minor “fix” for a narrow water rights conflict between Colorado’s ski industry and the U.S.

November 21, 2013--How do we balance needs of energy, water, and climate? (Water Online)

In deciding how best to meet the world’s growing needs for energy, the answers depend crucially on how the question is framed. Looking for the most cost-effective path provides one set of answers; including the need to curtail greenhouse-gas emissions gives a different picture.