February 15th, 2007

February 10, 2007--Fountain Creek Gets Heavy Scrutiny by Numerous Groups (Pueblo Chieftain)

A list of 20 studies or activities that have dealt with problems on Fountain Creek in recent years was presented to the Fountain Creek Vision Task Force water quanity committee. The list includes planning, mapping, water quality and environmental efforts.

February 10, 2007--Lake Pueblo Water Leased to State (Pueblo Chieftain)

An emergency lease to state agencies by the Pueblo Board of Water Works will keep minimum flows in the Arkansas River through Pueblo and avoid a repeat of conditions that threatened fish in the winter of 2005...The water board will lease up to 3,082 acre-feet now stored in Lake Pueblo to the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks to maintain a minimum flow of 50 cubic feet per seco

February 14th

February 11, 2007--Genesis Has Very Limited Liability if Watersheds Are Contaminated (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Genesis Gas & Oil is going ahead with its reckless plans to drill for gas in our watershed in spite of the serious concerns of many citizens. Genesis stands to make huge profits. The people of this desert valley will not make a penny, but stand to lose something far more precious--our pure and irreplaceable source of drinking water.

February 11, 2007--County to Consider Mercury Monitoring (Durango Herald)

La Plata County Commissioners will decide whether to approve a $25,000 amendment to the county budget to fund a mercury-monitoring study at Vallecito reservoir and in the Pine River...The state of Colorado posted warning signs last summer advising residents of dangerous mercury levels in the tissues of predatory fish caught in the river and reservoir...The county funds will be used to purchase mon

February 9, 2007--Rain Chaser (Albuquerque Journal)

...Researchers at the university of New Mexico are trying to determine where summer monsoon rain comes from...The two obvious candidates--the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf of California, and scientists trying to understand our monsoon have puzzled over the question for decades. The research exploits an essentially new technique: measuring changes in the weight of the moisture.

February 9, 2007--Water Consumption Dips Across County (Albuquerque Journal)

The state's largest water utility took a solid step toward its conservation goal last year as customers cut their daily water use to 165 gallons per person...That's a 35 percent reduction since 1994, the year before conservation efforts started...It adds up in a way that's crucial to sustainability and the availability of water...Conservation is so vital, so important...Utility officials say the e

February 8, 2007--Sandia Turns to Robot to Clean Water Tank (Albuquerque Journal)

Sandia Labs workers have enlisted a robot to try to clean contaminated sludge out of a 47-year-old underground wastewater tank that has leaked 4,000 gallons of potentially contaminated water beneath Sandia's nuclear reactor area...Sandia officials say they are committed to finding a way to clean up the mess. The tank's location, nearly 30 feet underground, has stymied cleanup efforts.

February 8, 2007--Snowpack 86 Percent of Average (Pagosa Springs SUN)

By Feb. 1, the Colorado snowpack was 91 percent of the long-term average. The local San Juan Basin snowpack was slightly below average at 86 percent. Its water content was 17 inches, or 85 percent of th 19.9 inch average...The Rio Blanco and Navajo Rivers both should see streamflows at 94 percent of average, while the San Juan is looking at flows of 89 percent.

February 8, 2007--Groups Seek Cash to Study Water Supply for Industry (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Two northwest Colorado water basin roundtables are expected to ask the state for money to study how much water may be available for energy development in the region.

February 7, 2007--Valley Water Meter Rules Begin March 1 (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water wells flowing more than 50 gallons a minute must have meters installed by March 1 or risk being declared inactive. Corey DeAngelis, chief of the Division 3 water measurement group for that Colorado Division of Water Resources, estimated there are about 6,000 wells that fall under the metering standard and 4,500 will be in compliance by the deadline.