Archive - 2014

January 3rd

HR 1389

Although the U.S. Forest Service has backed off its original position against Colorado ski industry’s water rights for now, a congressional bill designed to protect water owned by ski areas could potentially end up hurting rivers across the country.

Federal Land Management Plan?

Many water managers in the state, including those in southwest Colorado, are concerned about recent actions taken by federal agencies regarding historical water use, permitting, and planning activities involving federal lands that could impact existing and future water rights in Colorado.

Lawmakers Prepare for Flexible Water Right Legislation

According to a November 10th Pueblo Chieftain article, legislation that could allow water rights to be changed for indefinite purposes is expected to be introduced in the next state legislative session. Flexible water markets would be authorized a

January 1st

January 1, 2014--Federal flood insurance program drowning in debt. Who will pay? (Water World)

Millions of American property owners get flood insurance from the federal government, and a lot of them get a hefty discount. But over the past decade, the government has paid out huge amounts of money after floods, and the flood insurance program is deeply in the red. Congress tried to fix that in 2012 by passing a law to raise insurance premiums.


January 1, 2014--Online water resources tool sheds light on U.S. waterway conditions (Water World)

A new online fact sheet published by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) provides one-stop information on the organization's data sources for waterways across the United States. The database comprises information on the nation's streams, groundwater and water-quality.


January 1, 2014--Celebrating 40 years of Endangered Species Act success (Environmental News Network)

Forty years ago this month, Congress passed the Endangered Species Act as a safety net for fish, plants and wildlife on the brink of extinction. Today, while 99 percent of listed species have been saved from extinction, the law is under repeated attack by anti-environmental politicians in Congress. Marking the anniversary, U.S.