February 10th, 2007

February 2, 2007--Supply, Demand Right for `Super Ditch' Idea (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sufficient supply and demand exists for a "Super Ditch" designed to give Arkansas Valley farmers more clout with cities in future water deals...The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District is investigating the possibility of forming the so-called Super Ditch, but would not manage it.

February 9th

February 2, 2007--Water Quality Bill Sails Through House (Pueblo Chieftain)

House bill 1132 moves on to the Senate following a 56-8 House vote. The measure allows a water court judge to consider the environmental damage that proposed large transfers of water could cause a river basin. Under the bill, a judge could consider transfers of 1,000 acre-feet or more based on environmental standards established by the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.

February 6, 2007--Snow Depth Lags in Region (Durango Herald)

Southwest Colorado's water concerns will likely continue in 2007 as the area remains one of the the more snow- and water-challenged in the state at about 76 percent of average...The Yampa and White River basins are at 68 percent of average. The region currently is storing slightly less water than it did last year, putting reservoir storage at two-thirds of the historic average.

January 28, 2007--Statewide Water Study Moving into New Gear (Pueblo Chieftain)

A statewide study of water needs is close to identifying projects that could help meet a gap in urban water supplies over the next 25 years.

February 8th

February 1, 2007--Town Receives Corps Permit for River Work (Pagosa Springs SUN)

The Town of Pagosa Springs has received the go-ahead from the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with work in the river. It is expected that efforts this spring will produce the U-drops, an ungrouted control structure just upstream of the pedestrian bridge, and bank stabilization below the current drop structure in the river.

January 31, 2007--Bill Tackles Whitewater Park Water Rights (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Senate Bill 122 proposes to allow the Colorado Water Conservation board to spend nearly $5 million on water projects from its construction fund, funneling money to projects as disparate as cloud seeding, floodplain mapping and water conservation public awareness.

February 6th

February 5, 2007--Water Squabble Welcomes Ritter Administration (Durango Herald)

On his second day on the job, Harris Sherman stepped into a water war. At stake is the role of a new group the Legislature created in 2005 to find a truce between Western and Eastern Colorado. Sherman, the state's new director of natural resources, led his first Interbasin Compact Committee (IBCC) meeting and tried to calm fears that he and Gov.

February 5, 2007--Three Water Bills Move Through House (WaterTech Online)

A House of Representatives subcommittee approved three bills on January 31 related to water and wastewater issues, particularly infrastructure spending...The Healthy Communities Water Supply Act of 2007 would reauthorize the spending of $125 million by the US Environmental Protection Agency under its alternative water source grants program.

February 3, 2007--Western Slope Starved for Water Despite Snow (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The 2007 water year began in October, and it looks like it's shaping up to be wetter than normal for Grand Junction, which has received 147 percent of its normal precipitation...But tha's deceiving because the area had an exceptionally wet October, followed by a series of drier months.

February 3, 2007--Western Droughts Could Become Norm, Say Climate Scientists (Rocky Mountain News)

Average temperatures in the West could rise 7 degrees by the end of the century because of global warming, with drought-like conditions becoming the new norm. Some of the world's most advanced climate models suggest that Colorado precipitation levels will remain roughly constant as temperatures climb.