Archive - 2015

November 13th

November 9, 2015--The future of Colorado rivers: Final draft of state water plan to be release on Nov. 19 (Summit Daily Times)

The final draft of Colorado’s Water Plan will be released on Thursday, Nov. 19, after nearly two years of work. The plan, sparked by an executive order by Gov.

November 8, 2015--Why we should care for our watersheds (Glenwood Springs Independent)

 According to American Rivers, since that organization’s National River Cleanup program was launched in 1991, more than 17 million pounds of litter have been removed by more than 1,149,900 volunteers. Although these numbers seem to be beyond comprehension, they quite accurately represent the amount of trash that is hiding in our sensitive riparian areas.

November 7, 2015--Will New Mexico lose its last wild river? (Audubon)

On a humid, blue-skied morning in July, Jarrod Swackhamer led a tiny group through the cottonwood and black walnut trees and open fields along southwestern New Mexico’s Gila River, downstream of where it pours out of the Gila National Forest, the nation’s first designated wilderness area.

November 6, 2015--EPA widens investigation into Colorado mine-waste spill (Denver Channel)

The Environmental Protection Agency's inspector general is expanding its investigation into a toxic spill from an inactive Colorado mine to include questions about whether the agency was following its own rules when it triggered the blowout. The inspector general's office said that it will add more than a dozen lines of inquiry, some requested by Congress and others raised by a rev

November 6, 2015--Water plan may emphasize storage (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Building a transmountain diversion in Colorado is one thing — 11 on a difficulty scale of 5 — but increasing water storage might be far easier, the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board said. The board is nearing completion of the state’s first water plan, which Gov.

November 5, 2015--EPA working through Gold King Mine spill reimbursements (Cortez Journal)

La Plata County and the Southern Ute Indian Tribe may have as many as 180 additional days to reach an agreement with the Environmental Protection Agency on reimbursement for costs associated with the Gold King Mine spill. The county and the tribe said last week that EPA headquarters in Washington hadn’t responded to multiple requests for an extension. Sens.

November 5, 2015--Water rule hits choppy water (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Senate this week advanced one effort to eliminate a controversial new rule extending regulation over small bodies of water, while blocking another attempt to rewrite it. “Coloradans know when they’re getting soaked,” Colorado Sen. Cory Gardner, a Republican, said following votes on Tuesday.

November 4, 2015--Voters agree to stabilize water district mill levy (Cortez Journal)

Voters have approved a request by the Dolores Water Conservancy District to freeze the mill levy at the current rate of 0.483. According to the Montezuma County election office, 2,706 voted in favor of the measure, and 1,729 voted against it. The district sought to avoid the ratcheting down effect on the district’s budget because of fluctuating property values. &ldqu

November 4, 2015--City voters approve bond for sewer plant (Durango Herald)

An overwhelming majority of city voters approved a $68 million bond question on Tuesday to allow the city to remodel the Santa Rita Park sewer plant. Early returns showed 2,640 voters or 67.59 percent said “yes” on the ballot issue, while 1,266 voters or 32.41 percent voted “no.” “It truly is the right decision,” said Mayor Dean Brookie.&nbsp

November 3, 2015--Durango's sewer rate to increase 25 percent (Durango Herald)

Durango City Councilors approved the appropriations for the $70 million operating budget and $21-plus million capital budget as well as a 25 percent sewer rate increase, as expected. The increase is the result of adjustments needed after 20 years of no rate increases.