Goundwater Wells

December 31, 2007--Water underground: Wells playing more of part in supply (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water users are looking at ways to store water in the ground. Today, about 18 percent of the state’s population depends on wells for water supply. In fact, the fastest-growing areas in the state are located above the Denver Basin aquifers, a series of deep underground reserves not physically connected with any of the surface water supplies of the state.

October 8, 2007--Troubling local water `hot-spots' identified (Summit Daily News)

Protecting important headwaters is a top priority in Summit County. With political will and the ability to dedicate resources to the job, strides some vexing water issues are being addressed.

September 28, 2007--Wells connected to surface rights (Pueblo Chieftain)

Wells in Colorado are subject to the same system of prior appropriation - first in time, first in right - as surface appropriation, lawyers explained Thursday at a two-day statewide conference looking at state groundwater issues. Laws, however, have had to evolve to keep up with nature.

July 3, 2007--Gas drillers need permit for water (Durango Herald)

In a ruling with potentially statewide impacts, a 6th Judicial District water judge ruled that coal-bed methane gas producers are no better than other water users: They need a water-well permit the same as farmers and ranchers.

June 7, 2007--Grant to battle CO home well contaminants (Water Technology)

The US Environmental Protection Agency awarded the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council a $100,000 grant for its project designed to limit residential exposure to contaminants such as metals and fertilizers from household wells.

March 12, 2007--Proposal calls for state to monitor wells (Kingman Daily Miner)

A group considering water issues affecting rural Arizona heard a recommendation that new private wells in areas where groundwater is a concern be monitored by the state.

January 10, 2007--State Settles with Southern N.M. Farmers Over Water Meters (Farmington Daily Times)

The state engineer and disgruntled farmers have reached an agreement in a dispute over a state requirement for meters on groundwater wells. Eventually, meters will be used to enforce water rights. Under the settlement, the state will require meters on wells, but farmers who are working to comply won't have their wells shut off in the meantime. 

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