Hydropower

September 12, 2013--Hydroelectric power makes big comeback at US dams (Denver Post)

Hydroelectric development stagnated in the 1980s and 1990s as environmental groups lobbied against it and a long regulatory process required years of environmental study.


August 11, 2013--Rep. Scott Tipton, Rep. Diana DeGette hydropower bills signed by President Obama (Denver Post)

President Barack Obama signed into law Friday two hydropower bills supported by Republican Rep. Scott Tipton and Democratic Rep. Diana DeGette that streamlines the regulatory process and makes it easier to develop the clean energy. Tipton’s office touted that the new law he sponsored will create new rural jobs in Colorado and add clean, affordable electricity to the grid.


August 5, 2013--States seek federal crackdown on mussel invaders (USA Today)

State lawmakers and wildlife officials want Washington's help in battling huge colonies of zebra and quagga mussels that are wreaking havoc in U.S. waters and costing U.S. taxpayers billions of dollars. The officials say an infusion of federal dollars would give them the biggest boost, but few expect tightfisted Congress to deliver.


August 4, 2013--Water shortages loom in Southwest, could trigger cuts (msn.com)

Resource managers in the Colorado River Basin are preparing for an unprecedented scenario: By next year, water in Lake Powell is likely to drop to a level that will trigger mandatory cuts in water deliveries to California, Arizona and Nevada. The U.S.


August 3, 2013--Hydropower bill with Colorado bipartisan love heads to Obama’s desk (Denver Post)

Two hydropower bills that should expand the production of the clean renewable energy are headed to President Barack Obama’s desk for signature. The two House bills have Colorado bipartisan fingerprints all over them: One was carried by Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and another by Rep. Diana DeGette, a Denver Democrat. Both Democratic Sens.


Dolores Water Conservancy District

According to a Cortez Journal article, the Dolores Water Conservancy District (DWCD) took a small step this spring toward determining whether a large hydroelectric plant could be built at Plateau Creek

July 9, 2013--Top five highest U.S. water consumers identified in new study (Water World)

The top five highest water consumers in the United States have been identified in a series, "Water and the Economy: How Water Fuels Your World," by SureAqua, a portable water filter company, in an endeavor to identify the role that water plays in the U.S.


June 27, 2013--Backing up wind power: The policy issues associated with hydroelectricity (Environmental News Network)

What happens when there's no wind and wind turbines stop turning? What provides the back up power for this clean energy source on calm, windless days?


May 21, 2013--Agency jumble blocks Mancos hydro plans (Durango Herald)

Rep. Scott Tipton had one of his greatest successes in his two years in Congress last month when the House overwhelmingly passed his bill to promote small hydroelectric projects on canals and pipelines. But it turns out the bill will not help one of the dams in the Cortez Republican’s own district.


May 2, 2013--DWCD buys into hydropower study (Cortez Journal)

The Dolores Water Conservancy District took a small step this month toward determining whether a large hydroelectric plant could be built at Plateau Creek, a tributary of McPhee Reservoir.


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