January 14, 2007--New Mexico Runoff Looks Better for This Year (Farmington Daily Times)

Rain last summer and snow this winter have improved the odds for a better water year along the Rio Grande in southern New Mexico. Elephant Butte Irrigation District water engineer Phil King said farmers will likely get 9 acre-inches of water to start the season--about two-thirds of the 14 acre-inches they received during the entire season last year.


January 15, 2007--Recent Blizzards Fill Denver Water's Reservoirs (Durango Herald)

For only the second time, Denver Water's reservoirs gained storage during the month of December, thanks to back-to-back snowstorms. The last time that happened was when the 1982 Christmas blizzard hit the Front Range. After years of drought, the two river basins on the Eastern Plains are both well ahead of the rest of the state, which averages 98 percent.


January 9, 2007--Possible Reservoir Feasibility Study Angers Some at Meeting (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A possible $500,000 feasibility study for a Blue Mesa Reservoir pumpback proposal sparked the ire of the Gunnison Basin Roundtable members. Generally unhappy about the the possibility of water being pumped to the Front Range from Mesa Reservoir, roundtable members disagreed about the possibility without knowing whether there's enough water available to send over the Continential Divide.


January 5, 2007--Ritter Picks Natural Resources Chief (Den-AP)

Governor-elect Bill Ritter has appointed Harris Sherman, former head of the Department of Natural Resources, to return as executive director. Sherman served as head of the Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1980 under former Governor Dick Lamm.

January 10, 2007--State Settles with Southern N.M. Farmers Over Water Meters (Farmington Daily Times)

The state engineer and disgruntled farmers have reached an agreement in a dispute over a state requirement for meters on groundwater wells. Eventually, meters will be used to enforce water rights. Under the settlement, the state will require meters on wells, but farmers who are working to comply won't have their wells shut off in the meantime. 


January 9, 2007--Gunnison Basin Snowpack Slightly Below Average (Montrose Daily Press)

The Gunnison Basin is currently at 91 percent of its 30-year average for this time of year. The snowpack levels normally hit their peak on April 12th. Althugh the snowpack was slightly below average, year-to-date precipitation in the basin is 116 percent of average.


January 10, 2007--Water Rountable Won't Lobby on Spending Bill (Montrose Daily Press)

The Gunnison Basin roundtable decided to abandon any attempts to lobby for the alteration of a spending bill that would forward $500,000 to the Colorado Water Conservation Board for the study of water projects around the state. The study would look at six projects, including one that would pump water out of the Gunnison Basin.


January 10, 2007--Tougher Standards OK'd for Stream Temps (Rocky Mountain News)

Fish that are jeopardized by overheated Colorado waterways are expected to gain a measure of protection under tougher standards for stream temperatures that were recently adopted. Colorado's Water Quality Control Commission approved the new standards after five years of often contentious debate among industrial groups, water utilities and environmentalists.


January 10, 2007--Dormant Yuma Desalting Plant to Get Restart (Tucson Citizen)

A $250 million deslating plant west of Yuma that has sat dormant since shortly after it was completed in the early 1990's is set to restart for a test run by June. The plant was built to reduce salt in agriculture runoff to help meet a water delivery treaty obligation with Mexico, but ran for only a six-month test in 1992-93. Since then, the U.S.


DARCA 5th Annual Convention--Sterling, Colorado

02/22/2007 8:00 am
02/23/2007 12:00 pm

The Ditch and Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) 5th Annual Convention will be held at the Ramada Hotel in Sterling, Colorado on February 22-23, 2007. Topics include South Platte River basin issues, Section 404 of the Clean Water Act, forecasting streamflow and runoff, the value of irrigation systems to Colorado's wildlife, and estate planning for ditch companies and their shareholders.


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