Archive - 2014

December 12th

December 10, 2014--Geothermal authority accepts nearly $2 million DOLA grant (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The Pagosa Area Geothermal Water and Power Authority (PAGWPA) met Monday morning to formally accept a grant for nearly $2 million from the Colorado Department of Local Affairs (DOLA).


December 11th

December 9, 2014--With future uncertain, Colorado shields its water (ABC News)

With demand increasing across the West, Colorado is drawing up a strategy to keep some of the trillions of gallons of water that gushes out of the Rocky Mountains every spring ? most of which flows downstream to drought-stricken California, Arizona, Nevada and Mexico.


December 10th

December 9, 2014--Southwest Basin Water Roundtable holds meetings to discuss plan (Cortez Journal)

Colorado has a difficult water problem. Eighty percent of its water is on the Western Slope, but 80 percent of its population is on the Front Range. Adding to the problem are estimates that Colorado’s population will increase from 5 million to 10 million by 2050, the majority of which will live on the Front Range.


December 9, 2014--Warm temps, El Niño pattern make ski resorts anxious (Glenwood Post Independent)

El Niño-influenced weather patterns that have brought much-needed rains to drought-stricken Southern California have also left Colorado ski resorts high and dry heading into the critical holiday season after a spate of early snowstorms allowed many ski areas to open ahead of schedule.


December 9, 2014--Reclamation announces Animas-La Plata Project contract negotiations with Southern Ute Indian Tribe (USBOR)

Reclamation's Western Colorado Area Office announced today that it will initiate negotiations with the Southern Ute Indian Tribe on a proposed contract for the Tribe’s statutory water allocation of the Animas-La Plata Project.


December 8th

December 8, 2014--Global warming to make European heat waves ‘commonplace’ by 2040s, study finds (New York Times)

​In June 2003, a high-pressure weather system took hold over Western Europe and hovered there for weeks, bringing warm tropical air to the region and making that summer the hottest since at least 1540, the year King Henry VIII discarded his fourth wife, Anne of Cleves.


December 8, 2014--Colorado's first water plan 'a good first step' (Denver Business Journal)

The final draft of Colorado's first formal water plan will be delivered to Gov. John Hickenlooper this week, and it's being characterized by water experts as a "good first step" toward building state-wide consensus on what can and must be done to meet the needs of a growing population.


December 8, 2014--Farming in America shifts as cities buy up rural water rights (Water Online)

Water challenges may be shifting the landscape of U.S. agriculture. "As we continue to push Western water supplies beyond their limits, growing cities are gradually idling farmland to meet their own water needs.


December 7th

December 7, 2014--Animas River trout in decline (Durango Herald)

The number of brown and rainbow trout in the Animas River swimming through Durango has declined, according to an ongoing study. In particular, a decline has been noted in fish from 32nd Street to the Lightner Creek confluence with the Animas, said Jim White an aquatic biologist with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, who worked on the fish survey.