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July 25th, 2016

July 25, 2016--Snow, runoff and the Colorado River Basin (Mountain Town News)

From his office in Glenwood Springs overlooking the Colorado River, Eric Kuhn has become one of the West’s most prominent thinkers about the intersection of water, climate change, and allocations for farms, factories and cities, including ski towns. He joined the Colorado River Water Conservation District as an engineer after working in the private sector as a nuclear engin


July 23, 2016--Year Round Gardening: Rain barrels soon legal in Colorado (Gazette)

With the approach of legal use of rainwater collection on August 10th, Colorado residents are asking a lot of questions. Before you try reading the actual legislation, we’ll cover some of the basics. New laws allow for the collection and storage of rainwater for use on the property from which it is collected.


July 22, 2016--Water is the new gold (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Denver newspaper earlier this week highlighted the apparently shocking new discovery by some investors that in Colorado, “water is the new gold.” As the article explained, water rights may be as valuable to modern developers and town builders as the mother lode was during the gold rush that settled Colorado. This latest story involves the pending sale of an old family farm in


July 21st

July 21, 2016--Groundwater discharge to Upper Colorado River Basin varies in response to drought (USGS)

The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to more than 40 million people in seven states, irrigate more than 5.5 million acres of land, and support hydropower facilities. More than half of the total streamflow in the UCRB originates from groundwater.


July 21, 2016--Arizona earns federal assurances on Lake Mead water (Tucson.com)

For now, water that Arizona and two other Lower Colorado River Basin states store in Lake Mead is safe from another state’s clutches, the Interior Department says. The commitment, contained in a letter that Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor wrote this week, protects this water only through 2016.


July 20, 2016--City adopts plan for water-saving (Montrose Press)

Montrose City Council adopted the municipality’s first water conservation plan on a 5-0 vote Tuesday, with no one in the audience offering comment. Councilor Roy Anderson was “excited” to make the motion for the vote that saw the plan approved. “Some people might be asking why.


July 18th

July 19, 2016--Colorado River: Berkeley Lab to lead the watershed function scientific focus area (Coyote Gulch)

Berkeley Lab will lead the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area (SFA) to quantify how perturbations to mountainous watershed—floods, drought, fire and early snowmelt—impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals.


July 17th

July 18, 2016--Discussion of McPhee Reservoir water releases will be held July 26 (Durango Herald)

T he Dolores Water Conservancy District and Dolores River Boating Advocates invite the public to a review and discuss the 2016 Lower Dolores River boating season from McPhee Reservoir managed releases. The meeting will be held at 6:oo pm July 26 at the Dolores Community Center.


July 16th

July 17, 2016--How hydroelectric power kills insects, and why that matters (Pacific Standard)

Hydroelectric power is a well-established and low-cost form of renewable energy that doesn’t produce greenhouse gases.