Winter 2012 II

Simpson Selected CDWR New Division 7 Assistant Manager

The Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) has hired John Simpson as the new Assistant Division Engineer for the Dolores/San Juan River Basin, Durango Office. The CDWR is responsible for administering water rights, groundwater well permitting, hydrography, and dam safety in the Basin. Simpson is a Professional Engineer with 15 years experience in engineering and water resources. He received his undergraduate degree from the Colorado School of Mines in Engineering with a Civil Engineering emphasis. He received his master’s degree from Michigan Technological University in Civil Engineering with a specialty in Water Resources. John has previously worked in the private and public sectors on projects such as development projects in the Durango area to community water projects in Honduras with the Peace Corps. John worked extensively in the mountain and prairie states in water resource administration while with the United States Fish and Wildlife. While with the Fish and Wildlife, he was a Professional Engineer in Utah, Wyoming, North Dakota, Minnesota, and Colorado. As a Durango High School graduate, John is excited to return to the Four Corners. John and his family live in Durango, where he is active in the community as a high school wrestling referee.

Communities in the Basin That Are Gone

Have you ever wondered about the communities in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin that no longer exist? In Archuleta County and the Pagosa Springs area alone, some of those include:

Water in the West Art Show

In an effort to raise awareness about vital water issues, the WIP, in conjunction with the Durango Arts Center (DAC), conducted a month-long Water in the West Art Show and information series. This kicked-off on August 10th with a juried water art exhibit.

Water 101 Seminar

The October 26th 7th Annual Water 101 Seminar was another huge success. The Seminar was cosponsored with the San Juan Citizens Alliance and we were again fortunate to have Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as the keynote speaker.

Save-the-Date: 2013 Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Workshop in Pagosa Springs in June

The WIP, in conjunction with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association, will be conducting their second Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop in June 2013 in Pagosa Springs. This will be an opportunity for K-12 teachers to earn one continuing education credit from Adams State University.

Roundtables Mini Conservation Summit

In early December representatives from the State’s Basin Roundtables met in Silverthorne to discuss methods to increase conservation efforts. This has been a point of contention between the Front Range and Western Slope.

Global Acidity Increasing

You’ve heard about acid mine drainage and ocean acidification, but the problems don’t end there.

Ritter Promotes Conservation

According to a Pueblo Chieftain article, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is promoting a campaign to substantially reduce water use in the Colorado Riv

U.S. , Mexico Sign Water Sharing Pact

After five years of effort, the United States and Mexico signed an agreement for new rules on sharing water from the

New EPA Interpretation May Yield Higher Water Quality via Mine Cleanup Efforts

There are about 7,300 abandoned hard-rock mines in Colorado and a large percentage of them now drain toxic substances.

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