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September 29th

September 29, 2015--Water users seek ways to avoid forced cutbacks (Pine River Times)

The nightmare scenario for West Slope water nerds is a "call" on the Colorado River, meaning that Colorado, Wyoming, and Northwest New Mexico are not delivering a legally required amount of water to California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. If or when that happens, some water users in the three Upper Basin states will have their water use curtailed so that the Lower Basin sta


September 28, 2015--State Supreme Court Justice gives overview of water law (Pine River Times)

Hobbs addresses Water 101 seminar in Bayfield: Two­thirds of the water that originates in the Colorado mountains must go to downstream states and Mexico, recently retired State Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs noted at the Water 101 seminar on Sept. 25 at the Pine River Library in Bayfield.


September 27, 2015--A critical step in protecting the West’s waterways (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The massive and tragic spill of mine wastewater into the Animas River is a stark reminder of the impacts energy and mineral development can have on our waterways.  While we have come a long way since the mining rush of the 19th century, energy and mineral development continues throughout Colorado and the West.  Development must be done responsibly especially when it comes to our preci


September 26, 2015--Questions arise over contractor selection at Gold King Mine (Durango Herald)

Questions are being raised after the Environmental Protection Agency announced that the same contractor who played a role in the Gold King Mine spill will oversee the contract for a new water-treatment system. St.


September 25, 2015--Keeping water in the Dolores (Telluride Watch)

The Colorado Water Conservation Board unanimously decided last week to seek an in-stream flow right on a stretch of the Dolores River. Advocates say the move, which will secure up to 900 cubic feet per second for the reach from the Dolores River’s confluence with the San Miguel River to a mile above Gateway, will protect the river and three sensitive species of fish that live there.&


September 24th

September 24, 2015--L.A. region pays for water from drought-stricken Lake Mead (All Gov)

Nearly five drought-stricken months after John Glionna at the Los Angeles Times wrote about how “anemic Lake Mead has hit a historic low,” Las Vegas water authorities agreed to sell a rather hefty supply from what's left in the reservoir to the Los Angeles area. The Metropolitan Water District (MWD) will pay around $45 million a year to receive 150,000 ac


September 23, 2015--Gold King Mine's temporary treatment plant to open by Oct. 14 (Denver Post)

The federal government said Wednesday it will open a temporary water treatment system at the Gold King Mine by Oct. 14 to deal with the spoiled waters. The portable plant will treat 550 gallons per minute of water still discharging from the mine in southwest Colorado, according to an Environmental Protection Agency news release.


September 23, 2015--Here comes the sea: The struggle to keep the ocean out of California’s coastal aquifers (Circle of Blue)

Driving on the world-famous Route 1, just south of town, a traveler looking west across fields of strawberries can see the great silvery expanse of the Pacific Ocean. The land is heavy with a harvest that will soon be trucked to grocery stores and fruit stands throughout the United States. The Pacific, in the late afternoon sun, dazzles like camera flashes. But the ocean also is stealthy.


September 22, 2015--UN report shows staggering cost of land degradation (Summit Voice)

Unsustainable land-use practices are a $6.3 trillion drain on the global economy, according to a new report from the United Nations University, which assesses the value of ecosystem services provided by land resources such as food, poverty reduction, clean water, climate and disease regulation and nutrients cycling. That figure is equal to about 15 percent of global GDP, the researcher sai


September 22, 2015--Senate debates how to prevent another Gold King Mine disaster (Denver Post)

Members of the U.S. Senate recently sparred over two related — and sometimes competing — plans that supporters said could prevent a repeat of the Gold King Mine disaster in southwest Colorado. The debate was part of a 90-minute hearing that focused on the Aug.