February 27, 2008--Speaker: Irrigation wells not only concern for South Platte (Fort Collins Now)

There are 10.5 million acre-feet of water under the South Platte River that is not being used and it's time the Colorado General Assembly allows irrigation well owners be allowed to use that water in drought conditions.

February 25, 2008--Arkansas Valley ground zero for invasive tamarisks (Pueblo Chieftain)

Nearly 70 percent of Colorado land taken over by tamarisk is in the Arkansas River Basin, a recently completed mapping project reveals. “They are causing serious impacts to an already limited water resource in an over-appropriated basin,” said Jean Van Pelt, conservation outreach coordinator for the Southeastern Colorado Water Conservancy District.

January 14, 2008--Program targets tamarisk on Apishapa River (Pueblo Chieftain)

More than $100,000 in federal funds is available to find tamarisk in the Apishapa River Drainage, and landowners are encourage to apply for the cost-share funds. “There is tamarisk up and down the Apishapa River, and we try to work from upstream down to the Arkansas River,” said Rich Rhoades, of the Pueblo office of the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

January 7, 2008--City set to help rid river area of unwanted trees, plants (Farmington Daily Times)

A salt cedar or Russian olive can be dumped head first into a wood chipper and just "grow in the mulch after they've been chopped up," said Ken Collins, director of public relations and marketing with the city of Farmington Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs department. "They are like a big weed. ... They just keep growing and taking more and more resources ...

December 28, 2007--Stronghold in the war over water (Colorado Springs Gazette)

As foreign invaders go, tamarisk, a flowery plant that grows along creeks and rivers, may not seem the most insidious. But it may be the thirstiest — a single plant can consume 200 gallons of water a day. In Colorado, where water is a precious commodity, officials have long struggled with ways to deal with the prolific and tenacious plant.

November 5, 2007--Beetles enlisted to join battle against tamarisks (Pueblo Chieftain)

More bugs are being worked into the program to control tamarisk in the Arkansas Valley. About 150 tamarisk-munching beetles were introduced on private land in the Granada area, east of Lamar, about a month ago. That may not seem like a lot, but more will be introduced if the population takes hold. The results could be dramatic.

October 4, 2007--Group battles invasive species (Cortez Journal)

After several years of hard work, Steve Miles and the Dolores Tamarisk Action Group are starting to see what they like: dying tamarisk. And Miles hopes to see that trend continue. "I really think we are going to see the end of tamarisk," Miles said.

Fourth Biennial Tamarisk Symposium (Grand Junction, CO)

10/24/2007 8:00 am
10/26/2007 5:00 pm

The Tamarisk Coalition and CSU Extension are hosting the 2007 Tamarisk Symposium at the Two Rivers Convention Center. For more information and/or to register visit Colorado State University or call the Tamarisk Coalition at (970) 256-7400.

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September 14, 2007--Water panel urges cooperative planning (Rocky Mountain News)

Colorado must continue to push for a more collaborative, statewide approach to water planning, for more water conservation and for equitable ways to develop new supplies, a University of Denver study panel said Thursday. "By working together we can have a solid, assured water future," said DU Chancellor Emeritus Daniel Ritchie, who co-chaired the panel.

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