February 7, 2007--Mediator Hired for Water-Sharing Talks (Denver Post)

Locked in an almost two-year standstill, Denver Water and a coalition of Western Slope water users have hired a Washington, D.C., mediator to prod stalled water-sharing talks.


February 6, 2007--Front Range Fishes for Water Input (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The potential for the Gunnison Basin Roundtable to participate in a Western Slope water availability study was welcome news...the Colorado Water Conservation Board in January voted to support a bill that would allow for the board to conduct a water availability study on the Western Slope ahead of any proposal to pump water from the Gunnison Basin to the Front Range...If the study gets the Legislat


February 5, 2007--State's New Governor Goes with the Flow on Water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Front Range residents favor Gov. Bill Ritter's water policies, the roundtable process and cooperative solutions to statewide water problems, according to recent polls...There is strong support for cooperation...The public does not understand water wars...The Ritter agenda corresponds to what the public wants...People support spending money for water locally, not at a statewide level.


February 4, 2007--Panel to Consider Fountain Creek Grant (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Fountain Creek Vision Task Force has applied for a $75,000 grant through the Arkansas Basin Roundtable to pay for  a professional facilitator in its quest to develop a master plan for future action on Fountain Creek...If funded, the money would go to fund the Keystone Center for running meetings of the task force to resolve issues on Fountain Creek...The task force plans to adopt a strate


February 4, 2007--Global Water Crisis Looms (Denver Post)

More than one-sixth of the world's population lacks access to safe drinking water, and more than twice that number, 2.5 billion, have inadequate water for sanitation.


February 2, 2007--Supply, Demand Right for `Super Ditch' Idea (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sufficient supply and demand exists for a "Super Ditch" designed to give Arkansas Valley farmers more clout with cities in future water deals...The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District is investigating the possibility of forming the so-called Super Ditch, but would not manage it.


February 2, 2007--Water Quality Bill Sails Through House (Pueblo Chieftain)

House bill 1132 moves on to the Senate following a 56-8 House vote. The measure allows a water court judge to consider the environmental damage that proposed large transfers of water could cause a river basin. Under the bill, a judge could consider transfers of 1,000 acre-feet or more based on environmental standards established by the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission.


February 6, 2007--Snow Depth Lags in Region (Durango Herald)

Southwest Colorado's water concerns will likely continue in 2007 as the area remains one of the the more snow- and water-challenged in the state at about 76 percent of average...The Yampa and White River basins are at 68 percent of average. The region currently is storing slightly less water than it did last year, putting reservoir storage at two-thirds of the historic average.


January 28, 2007--Statewide Water Study Moving into New Gear (Pueblo Chieftain)

A statewide study of water needs is close to identifying projects that could help meet a gap in urban water supplies over the next 25 years.


February 1, 2007--Town Receives Corps Permit for River Work (Pagosa Springs SUN)

The Town of Pagosa Springs has received the go-ahead from the Army Corps of Engineers to proceed with work in the river. It is expected that efforts this spring will produce the U-drops, an ungrouted control structure just upstream of the pedestrian bridge, and bank stabilization below the current drop structure in the river.


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