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July 15th, 2016

July 16, 2016--Why water management in the Upper Colorado River Basin is so different from the Lower (InkStain)

In the Lower Colorado River Basin water management is a fundamentally distributive task. Water is released from Lake Mead in bulk and then distributed outward at a relatively small number of diversion points, tightly measured and well understood.


July 15, 2016--House measure 
would protect 
rights to water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that would protect state-issued water rights against federal taking is included in an appropriations measure now headed to the Senate. Passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R.


July 14th

July 14, 2016--It’s not your imagination: Climate change is making Colorado summers hotter and stickier (Denver Post)

Complaints about summer heat are typical, but when people in Fort Collins and Greeley talk about feeling too hot, they’re not imagining things. According to 


July 13, 2016--National Weather Service creates new office devoted to water prediction (Forester Daily News)

In recognizing the vast and evolving water needs for millions of Americans, NOAA’s National Weather Service this week created a new office dedicated to understanding and predicting water dynamics, effective immediately.


July 12th

July 12, 2016--Wind, not water, to blame for drought, says study (Water Deeply)

A new study looking at the relationship between the water cycle and California’s drought found that large-scale atmospheric circulation is a primary force behind water shortages. Since California’s most recent drought began more than four years ago, scientific studies have been helping us better understand the causes and implications.


July 11th

July 11, 2016--Fishermen get good news about Animas River after mine spill (CBS News)

Wildlife officials shared some good news, saying their testing shows the fish survived with no evidence of die-offs. But the problems are far from over. “Hopefully it brought some awareness to that, and hopefully they start to clean some of that stuff up so that it will still hold fish for a long time,” fisherman Max Westheimer said.


July 10, 2016--Gold King Mine spill-related legislation inches forward (Durango Herald)

In the last year, Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., as well as Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Rep.


July 8th

July 9, 2016--Floating solar is a win-win energy solution for drought-stricken US lakes (Guardian)

The Colorado River’s two great reservoirs, Lake Mead and Lake Powell, are in retreat. Multi-year droughts and chronic overuse have taken their toll, to be sure, but vast quantities of water are also lost to evaporation.


July 8, 2016--Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine (Cortez Journal)

After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed site is on about 80 acres just north of Rico. Its leaking St.


July 8, 2016--Hickenlooper backs $380 million Denver Water project to divert Colorado River water (Denver Water)

Colorado leaders on Wednesday formally backed Denver Water’s $380 million project to nearly triple the capacity of a Front Range reservoir and divert more water from the Colorado River Basin. Denver Water’s Moffat expansion project, 13 years in the making, “aligns with the key elements of Colorado’s Water Plan,” Gov.