September 6, 2016--Colorado’s water engineer discusses wasting of state’s precious resource (Aspen Daily Times)

Dick Wolfe, Colorado’s state water engineer, told a group of irrigators here last week that it’s illegal for someone to take more water than they need because they are speculating on the future potential value of their water rights. Wolfe was one of several guest speakers at the Uncompahgre Valley Water Forum, which was held on Sept.


September 5, 2016--Fed's back off from Lake Mead water demand (Tucson.com)

It sounded too good to be true — an official forecast that 2016 water use in Arizona, California and Nevada will be the lowest since 1992. That forecast from the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation was too good to be true — by the bureau’s own admission. It was widely reported recently as a sign of major progress toward conservation.


September 4, 2016--Auction opens window on buy-and-dry practices (Post Independent)

Few things are more valuable to a farmer in the arid West than irrigation water. Without it, the land turns back into its natural state: dry, dusty plains. If a fast-growing city is your neighbor, then your water holds even more value. Farm families in Western states like California and Colorado are increasingly under pressure to sell their water.


September 3, 2016--EPA stabilizes Gold King, faces rising Colorado desire for fish-friendly clean water (Denver Post)

The EPA has stabilized the collapsing mouth of the Gold King Mine, cementing heaps of rock and sediment dug up during mining’s glory days, trying to prevent another blowout and pioneer a solution to the West’s continuing acid metals contamination of coveted water. And as the feds push through this work, they face once-resistant Colorado communities that are increasingly keen on


September 1, 2016--In West Coast visit, President Obama goes after climate change skeptics, praises efforts to restore Lake Tahoe (LA Times)

At a conservation summit on the southern shore of Lake Tahoe, President Obama on Wednesday pointed to the environmental degradation of the lake’s once-crystal-clear waters as proof of the damage caused by climate change and warned of the threat posed by Republican leaders who continue to deny its existence. Obama never named Republican members in Congress or GOP presidentia


Colorado Watershed Assembly Annual Conference (Avon, CO)

10/11/2016 8:00 am
10/13/2016 5:00 pm

For more information and/or to register visit their website


10th Annual Water 101 Workshop and Pilot Water 202 Session (Durango, CO)

09/22/2016 8:30 am
09/23/2016 12:00 pm

The 10th Annual Water 101 Workshop and Pilot Water 202 Session will be conducted September 22-23, 2016 at the La Plata County fairgrounds in Durango, CO. We are once again fortunate to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs (retired) as our keynot speaker.


LPWWA Groundbreaking Ceremony (Durango, CO)

09/14/2016 10:00 am

Please join us on Wednesday, September 14th at 10 am for the Ground Breaking Ceremony of the La Plata West Water Authority Raw Water Project. This project is a joint venture with La Plata West Water Authority, the Southern Ute Indian Tribe, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and Lake Durango Water Authority. The ceremony will take place at the Tribute Garden at Lake Nighthorse on County Road 210.


August 31, 2016--Cloud-seeders get upgrade in mountains above Dolores (Cortez Journal)

A remote-operated cloud-seeding generator is being installed in the mountains above Dolores in an attempt to improve snowpack and runoff into McPhee Reservoir. The Dolores Water Conservancy District has partnered with the Idaho Power Co.


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