Archive - Apr 2014


April 30th

April 30, 2014--Feds take steps to regulate water for food (Water Online)

As the food industry is well aware, the 2011 FDA Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) mandated that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) develop minimum standards for food safety to help curtail foodborne illnesses.

April 29, 2014--Senate moves to store more water (Colorado Independent)

HB 1333 puts a grand total of more than $300 million into expanding Colorado’s water storage capacity, especially on the front range. The bill’s largest project includes funding a 25,000 acre feet expansion of the Chatfield Reservoir, located in the district of sponsor Sen. Ted Harvey, R-Highlands Ranch.

April 29, 2014--America 2025: How to start securing enough water (Huff Post)

Wichita Falls, Texas, is about to run out of drinking water. You read that right: out of drinking water. The north Texas town may not be a metropolis, but it is a community of about 105,000 people, right along the Red River on the Oklahoma border. For the last three-and-a-half years, the city has been living with its driest conditions since 1897.

April 29, 2014--Wildfires in the Western U.S. are on the rise, posing threats to drinking water (National Geographic)

When the Las Conchas Fire scorched some 151,000 acres of northern New Mexico in 2011, it wasn’t just the direct fire damage that was cause for worry.

April 29, 2014--Water-efficient fixtures could become mandatory in Colorado (Mountain Town News)

It seems like sneering at apple pie, motherhood, and blue skies. Why would you vote against water-efficient plumbing fixtures? Nonetheless, S.B. 14-103 was approved by the Colorado Legislature with just one Republican vote. The bill would require that only those plumbing fixtures certified under the WaterSense program can be sold in Colorado as of Sept. 1, 2016.

April 29, 2014--Nevada River Basin drying up (Water Online)

California is not the only state struggling with extreme drought conditions. The dry spell is so bad in Nevada that the federal watermaster Jim Shaw recently remarked, "I hope to God I never see another year like this as long as I'm around," the Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Nevada's drought amounts to "a tragedy unfolding in slow motion," accor

April 29, 2014--Megacities contend with sinking land (BBC News)

Subsiding land is a bigger immediate problem for the world's coastal cities than sea level rise, say scientists. In some parts of the globe, the ground is going down 10 times faster than the water is rising, with the causes very often being driven by human activity. Decades of ground water extraction saw Tokyo descend two metres before the practice was stopped.

April 29, 2014--Colorado could play big role in new hydropower push, feds say (Denver Business Journal)

Colorado and other western states are being positioned as ground zero in what appears to be a potential massive new push by the federal government to develop new hydroelectric power capacity in the U.S. That’s the underlying assumption in a new study unveiled by the U.S. Department of Energy Tuesday in Washington before a conference of hydroelectric-power interests.

April 29, 2014--Water Conservancy has its eyes on Jackson Gulch (Mancos Times)

The Mancos Water Conservancy District is looking into the process of taking ownership of the Jackson Gulch Reservoir, the canal and all the associated land from the Bureau of Reclamation.

April 28th

April 28, 2014--Long Hollow to the rescue (Durango Herald)

Construction of the dam designed to corral 5,100 acre feet of runoff from two modest streams in this arid section of La Plata County is expected to be completed in July – two years after groundbreaking. Long Hollow Reservoir will be a water bank against which irrigators in the area can draw.