Archive - May 2014


May 30th

May 29, 2014--College has system to extract water from manure (Associated Press)

A technology for extracting drinkable water from manure is on its way to commercial application this year, Michigan State University said Thursday, May 29, 2014. The McLanahan Nutrient Separation System is an add-on to an anaerobic digester, which extracts energy and chemicals from manure.

May 29, 2014--Can the state water plan bridge the gap? (Summit Voice)

When Colorado’s earth cracked open in the great drought of 2002, it may have also cracked open a new corner of consciousness about the finite nature of the state’s water supplies. Spurred by the drought, Gov.

May 29, 2014--McPhee puts a plug in Dolores (Durango Herald)

On a recent flight over McPhee Reservior Lee-Ann Hill, program coordinator for Dolores River Boating Advocates, peered out the plane window as they flew over mountains, Mancos and finally McPhee Dam to trace the path of the Dolores River. “There!” she said.

May 29, 2014--Coalition makes ground on war with tamarisk (Cortez Journal)

A coalition of land managers, ecologists, and young adults have been slowly eradicating invasive plant species on the Lower Dolores River the last five years. On the frontlines is the Dolores River Restoration Partnership, formed in 2009 to restore native habitat on 175 miles of the river - from McPhee Dam to the confluence of the Colorado River.

May 28th

May 28, 2014--Water tax district dissolves early (Cortez Journal)

The Goodman Point Water District has paid off its $700,000 loan five years early and signed the paperwork to dissolve as a special tax district. The project funded water infrastructure for 35 residents who had been hauling water for decades, said JR Berry, who started the project in 2002. “It’s wonderful to see it come to fruition,” he said.

May 27, 2014--How healthy is the Animas River? (Cortez Journal)

The swiftly flowing Animas River ran turbid here Monday, but that was the least of Melissa May’s concerns as she dipped water samples to be analyzed for various qualities. The main focus of the San Juan Watershed Group research is E. coli and nutrients – nitrogen and phosphorus. Certain strains of the former can cause nausea, fever and vomiting.

May 27, 2014--California's flawed water system allows 4,000 to thrive while others conserve (Daily Camera)

Call them the fortunate ones: Nearly 4,000 California companies, farms and others are allowed to use free water with little oversight when the state is so bone dry that deliveries to nearly everyone else have been severely slashed. Their special status dates back to claims made more than a century ago when water was plentiful.

May 27, 2014--River groups could get funding (Durango Herald)

The Colorado River basin is being listed as a critical conservation area under a new multi-billion dollar program that will fund conservation and soil-protection efforts, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, Tom Vilsack announced Tuesday.

May 27, 2014--State's water quality chief steps down (Boulder County Business Report)

Steve Gunderson, director of the state Water Quality Control Division, will retire after nearly a decade of service in which he helped developed stronger regulations to protect Colorado's rivers and streams. Gunderson, 58, served with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment since 1989.

May 27th

May 27, 2014--3 missing in Grand Mesa mudslide (Durango Herald)

Authorities on Monday failed to find any sign of three men missing after a massive mudslide struck a remote part of western Colorado. Fifty-one-year-old county road worker Clancy Nichols, his 24-year-old son Danny and 46-year-old Wes Hawk