Fall 2013

Top Stories


Historically heavy September rains across parts of Colorado’s Front Range were called ‘biblical’ by the National Weather Service.

People & Organizations

Mulroy to Retire

According to a recent Las Vegas Sun report, Pat Mulroy, one of the most powerful executives in Nevada, plans to retire as

Davis to Head CPW Water Unit

Colorado water expert Alex Davis was recently appointed head of the Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) water unit. Davis, one of Colorado’s leading water attorneys, began her new position on August 8th.

McIntire New CWCB Public Information Officer

Kate McIntire is the new Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Outreach, Education & Public Engagement Program Coordinator (aka Public Information Off

Water Pollution Pioneer, Ruth Patrick, Dies at 105

Ruth Patrick, a pioneer in studying the health of freshwater streams and rivers who laid the scientific groundwork for modern pollution control efforts, passe

Lake Nighthorse Entities Scramble to Open for Recreation

Frustration over the lack of recreation at Lake Nighthorse is growing and potential users of the lake and surrounding park land are getting antsy; there is even talk of an Occupy Nighthorse movement.

City of Durango

The City of Durango’s wastewater treatment plant was awarded two grants totaling $1.08 million from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.

Florida Farmers Ditch Company

The Florida Farmers Ditch Company (FFDC) delivers adjudicated water and storage water fr

Red Rocks Community College

There will be a Grand Opening in mid-October for the new Environmental Training Center, home of the Water Quality Management (WQM) Technology Program at Red Rocks Community College, Lakewood campus.

Current Events

Colorado River, Climate Change, and Water Management Policy

The summer was full of Colorado River water shortage headlines, as some of the following indicate:
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Mulroy Seeks Disaster Aid for Colorado River Drought

According to a September 20th Las Vegas Review-Journal article, Southern Nevada Water Authority chief Pat Mulroy thinks the time has come for some federal disaster aid due to the Colorado River drought.

Study Identifies Major Leaks from Lake Powell

According to a new study by hydrologist Dr.

Wild and Scenic Status for Lower Dolores River?

According to an early July Cortez Journal article, McPhee Reservoir managers are concerned that more sections on the lower Dolores River are becoming eligible for a national Wild and Scenic River status.

Water Quality / Conservation

Public Opinion Poll on Water Issues and Conservation

A recent public opinion poll of Coloradans identified conservation as the top tool to address the state’s most important water concerns.

USGS Report: Health of U.S. Streams Reduced by Streamflow Modifications and Contaminants

A new U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) report describes how the health of the nation's streams is being degraded by streamflow modifications and elevated levels of nutrients and pesticides.

DOE Fracking Study: Chemicals Didn't Taint the Water

The Longmont Times reported in July that a landmark Department of Energy (DOE) study on hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, shows no evidence that chemicals from the natural gas drilling process are linked with contami

Water Law

Public Trust Doctrine: Part III

In an ongoing effort to inform the public and water community alike, this is the third in a four part 2013 series relate

Energy and Water

Missed Opportunities to Conserve Energy and Water

According to a report published in early September by Water in the West, a research center at Stanford University, water and wastewater managers are missing substantial opportunities to save energy and money.

Energy, Water, and Irrigation

The following was taken from an Energy Efficient Emerging Technologies: Low Energy Precision Applications PowerPoint courtesy of Nancy Andrews, La Plata Electric Association, a WIP participating entity.

Roundtable Update

Public Input Sought on Colorado Water Plan

The following excerpts were written by Colorado State Senator Gail Schwartz and is reproduced here with her permission:

WIP News

8th Annual Water 101 Seminar November 1, 2013 in Cortez

After five years, Cortez is once again fortunate to host the 8th Annual Water 101 Seminar to be held November 1, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Express (2121 E. Main St.) from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

June 26-27th Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop a Success!

Last year the Water Information Program (WIP) cosponsored with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association a pilot Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop in the Durango/Silverton area. It was very successful and well received.

Water History

After Half a Century City of Cortez Point of Diversion Change

Cortez’s water rights date back to 1892, when the Dunham & Johnson Ditch, Giogetta Ditch, Illinois Ditch, and Sheek Ditch were decreed for irrigation on the Dolores River above the town of Dolores.

Miscellaneous Facts

What is the Equitable Apportionment?

Colorado water flows to eighteen downstream states and the Republic of Mexico.