Bureau of Land Management

July 17, 2014--Lower Dolores study details native fish needs (Dolores Star)

A conceptual plan for aiding native fish on the Lower Dolores River was approved by the Dolores Water Conservancy District in June. The District has been negotiating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the BLM, Forest Service, and conservation groups on ways to improve native fish habitat below McPhee Dam.

May 29, 2014--McPhee puts a plug in Dolores (Durango Herald)

On a recent flight over McPhee Reservior Lee-Ann Hill, program coordinator for Dolores River Boating Advocates, peered out the plane window as they flew over mountains, Mancos and finally McPhee Dam to trace the path of the Dolores River. “There!” she said.

April 1, 2014--San Miguel tributary flowing free (Telluride Daily Planet)

In the 1930s, a 6-foot-tall, 60-feet-wide diversion dam was built in Tabeguache Creek, just upstream from its confluence with the San Miguel River, for the purposes of providing water to the Town of Uravan. That dam remained for roughly 80 years, even as the uranium mining town was abandoned, declared a Superfund Site and razed in a reclamation project.

May 30, 2013--Montezuma County-BLM water dispute lives (Durango Herald)

Two Montezuma County landowner groups and the county itself have told a water-court judge they’re not anywhere near settling a dispute over water claimed by the Bureau of Land Management.

May 13, 2013--The Latest: Pumping Arizona's rivers dry? (High Country News)

Last July, Arizona's state water board approved a large new development in Sierra Vista that would pump 3,300 acre feet of groundwater per year -- despite evidence that such pumping could decrease flow in the San Pedro River, one of the West's healthiest desert rivers.

April 8, 2013--Climate change tough on Colorado Plateau (Aspen Times)

Conservationists are lobbying the Bureau of Land Management to overhaul its policies in the Colorado Plateau after the agency's own study indicated big alterations are coming over the next 50 years because of climate change. The vast Colorado Plateau is home of the spectacular canyon country and soaring mountain ranges of western Colorado and much of Utah.

February 26, 2013--BLM buys mining claims near Silverton (Durango Herald)

The Bureau of Land Management has acquired 285 acres of patented mining claims around Silverton as settlement in a lawsuit against a company that once operated the Mayflower Mill there. The agreement with Standard Metals Corp. consolidates BLM holdings in the Alpine Triangle and allows the agency to better protect cultural resources, wildlife habitat and viewsheds.

February 6, 2013--CEO of REI named to replace Ken Salazar as Interior chief (Denver Business Journal)

Sally Jewell, president and CEO of outdoor-gear retailer Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), will be nominated to succeed Coloradan Ken Salazar as secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior in President Barack Obama's second term. The Washington Post is reporting Obama's choice of Jewell, as are numerous other news outlets, citing unnamed White House sources.

January 10, 2013--BLM okays controversial Nevada water pipeline (High Country News)

Maybe the Bureau of Land Management thought they could dodge two decades of Nevada water controversy by releasing a crucial decision just two days after Christmas.

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