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July 21st, 2016

July 21, 2016--Groundwater discharge to Upper Colorado River Basin varies in response to drought (USGS)

The Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to more than 40 million people in seven states, irrigate more than 5.5 million acres of land, and support hydropower facilities. More than half of the total streamflow in the UCRB originates from groundwater.


July 21, 2016--Arizona earns federal assurances on Lake Mead water (Tucson.com)

For now, water that Arizona and two other Lower Colorado River Basin states store in Lake Mead is safe from another state’s clutches, the Interior Department says. The commitment, contained in a letter that Deputy Interior Secretary Michael Connor wrote this week, protects this water only through 2016.


July 20, 2016--City adopts plan for water-saving (Montrose Press)

Montrose City Council adopted the municipality’s first water conservation plan on a 5-0 vote Tuesday, with no one in the audience offering comment. Councilor Roy Anderson was “excited” to make the motion for the vote that saw the plan approved. “Some people might be asking why.


July 18th

July 19, 2016--Colorado River: Berkeley Lab to lead the watershed function scientific focus area (Coyote Gulch)

Berkeley Lab will lead the Watershed Function Scientific Focus Area (SFA) to quantify how perturbations to mountainous watershed—floods, drought, fire and early snowmelt—impact the downstream delivery of water, nutrients, carbon, and metals.


July 17th

July 18, 2016--Discussion of McPhee Reservoir water releases will be held July 26 (Durango Herald)

T he Dolores Water Conservancy District and Dolores River Boating Advocates invite the public to a review and discuss the 2016 Lower Dolores River boating season from McPhee Reservoir managed releases. The meeting will be held at 6:oo pm July 26 at the Dolores Community Center.


July 16th

July 17, 2016--How hydroelectric power kills insects, and why that matters (Pacific Standard)

Hydroelectric power is a well-established and low-cost form of renewable energy that doesn’t produce greenhouse gases.


July 15th

July 16, 2016--Why water management in the Upper Colorado River Basin is so different from the Lower (InkStain)

In the Lower Colorado River Basin water management is a fundamentally distributive task. Water is released from Lake Mead in bulk and then distributed outward at a relatively small number of diversion points, tightly measured and well understood.


July 15, 2016--House measure 
would protect 
rights to water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that would protect state-issued water rights against federal taking is included in an appropriations measure now headed to the Senate. Passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R.


July 14th

July 14, 2016--It’s not your imagination: Climate change is making Colorado summers hotter and stickier (Denver Post)

Complaints about summer heat are typical, but when people in Fort Collins and Greeley talk about feeling too hot, they’re not imagining things. According to 


July 13, 2016--National Weather Service creates new office devoted to water prediction (Forester Daily News)

In recognizing the vast and evolving water needs for millions of Americans, NOAA’s National Weather Service this week created a new office dedicated to understanding and predicting water dynamics, effective immediately.