In The News

February 1, 2007--Montana Sues Wyoming Over Water (Casper Star Tribune)

The state of Montana filed suit with the U.S. Supreme Court against Wyoming over water rights, claiming Wyoming's excessive use of water from two river systems is leaving downstream Montana ranches and farms dry. The dispute over the Tongue and Powder rivers marks a sharp escalation in a water fight between the two states. The region is suffering through a prolonged drought dating to 1999.


January 27, 2007--Dolores Tamarisk Control Group (Cortez Journal)

A coordinated, "top-down" approach was initiated in 2004/2005 to control a new, fast spreading tamarisk infestation around McPhee reservoir as a result of drought conditions...Mapping indicated tamarisk infestation of more than 200 acres over 50 miles of shoreline...The program has been expanded to include Narraguinnep reservoir, Totten reservoir and the canal systems of the Dolores Wate


January 28, 2007--Don't Waste the Money (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] State water officials and Western Slope lawmakers are looking at a water appropriations bill that could lead to a study examining the possible availability of water in Blue Mesa Reservoir for transmountain diversion to the Front Range...Any such study would be a complete waste of tax dollars until another important issue regarding the Gunnison River--the quantification of water rights


January 27, 2007--Mercury Levels Prompt Health Warning (Cortez Journal)

Elevated levels of mercury have been found in fish in five Colorado reservoirs including Horsetooth, Horseshoe, Totten, Purdy and Trinidad...There are several debates regarding where and how the mercury is getting into fish, but the most likely source is power plants...At least 44 states have been conducting mercury sampling and all are finding elevated mercury levels...The EPA has directed states


January 27, 2007--Water Manager: Climate Change to Ebb State's Flows (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The science that says water supplies in Colorado will shrivel with the onset of climate change is nearly a sure bet. A slate of scientific studies have led water managers to conclude the state can no longer look to the past to predict the future when it comes to forecasting water supplies. The Rocky Mountains will simply get drier in the long run.