In The News

January 2, 2007--States Face Flood of Water Issues (Headwaters News)

In New Maxico, Gov. Bill Richardson declared 2007 the "Year of Water." In Colorado, a proposed bill that would fund a feasibility study on a pipeline to ship water from the Blue Mesa Reservoir to the Front Range has at least one Western Slope water group up in arms.


January 7, 2007--Snowpack Only a Bit Ahead of Last Year (Denver Post)

Early-season surveys indicate statewide snowpack is only slightly higher than it was last year at this time, despite two recent blizzards that hammered much of Colorado. As of Monday, statewide snowpack was 96 percent of average, and was 94 percent of last year's readings on the same date.


January 4, 2007--Water Ruling Stands: Feds decide not to appeal decision on Gunnison River (Rocky Mountain News)

The government has chosen not to appeal a federal judge's September ruling throwing out an agreement governing the amount of water flowing in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.


January 3, 2007--Agriculture Director Announces Retirement (Rocky Mountain News)

After eight years as head of the Colorado State Department of Agricultre, Commissioner Don Ament announced his retirement and will step down as agriculture commissioner on January 9th, when Governor-elect Bill Ritter wil be sworn in. Ritter has nominated John Stulp, a Lamar-area farmer and former Prowers County commissioner, as the new agriculture chief.


January 2, 2007--Gunnison Water District Members Voice Concern of Pending Bill (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Members of the Gunnison River Water Conservancy District are not happy about plans to study pumping water out of Blue Mesa Reservoir to the Front Range. Currently, there is a pending bill that would set aside $500,000 to evaluate water projects, including tapping Blue Mesa Reservoir.