In The News

January 22, 2007--An Attack on Ranch Water Rights (Helena Independent Record)

The system governing water rights in the West has been in place for over a century in order to help conserve and allocate scarce water resources.

January 15, 2007--Blue in the Face Over Blue Mesa Reservoir (Grand Junction Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Transmountain water diversions from the Western Slope to the Front Range, particularly prospective transmountain water diversions...[typically generates controversy].

January 18, 2007--Water Pollution Suite Aims to Make Dams' Cost Prohibitive (Rocky Mountain News)

Conservationists are increasing pressure on PacificCorp to remove hydroelectric dams from Klamath River to help struggling salmon runs, warning they will sue to stop pollutions from a fish hatchery the utility owns...The aim of a suit would be to make PacifiCorp pay to upgrade the hatchery...PacificCorp is based in Portland and serves 1.6 million customers in six western states.

January 17, 2007--Colorado River District Board Cites Concerns with Yampa Diversion Project (CRWCD)

The Colorado River District Board of Directors expressed concerns about environmental and water supply issues stemming from the Yampa Diversion Project that a preliminary study says could pump up to 300,000 acre-feet of water from the Yampa River to the Front Range. The projcet is the subject of a reconnaissance study funded by the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

January 16, 2007--Finding a Balance: Water Rights for Native Americans, Others Uncertain (Free New Mexican)

New Mexico, like other Western states, is grappling with American Indian water rights. Tribes and pueblos have the oldest water rights in the state, older than those of farmers, ranchers and towns. Under New Mexico law, Indian rights to water are supposed to be met before anyone else's.