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Archive - 2007
Water users are looking at ways to store water in the ground. Today, about 18 percent of the state’s population depends on wells for water supply. In fact, the fastest-growing areas in the state are located above the Denver Basin aquifers, a series of deep underground reserves not physically connected with any of the surface water supplies of the state.
Photo courtesy of Kelley Cox/Post Independent
More than 4.7 million people live in Colorado today. By 2035, an additional 3 million people are expected to move here. And there are no plans to make sure they all have water. That's because cities and counties decide how and where to grow. Water providers don't have veto power over growth.
Because 35 percent of the state's water supply is stored annually in the Sierra snowpack, changes to that hydrologic system will lead to far-reaching consequences for California and its ever-growing population. Some transformations already are apparent, from the Sierra high country to the great valleys that have made California the nation's top agricultural state.
In the 1950s, when legislation for the Fryingpan-Arkansas Project perpetually languished in Congress, the need for clean drinking water in the Lower Arkansas Valley was often mentioned. High salinity in the Arkansas River makes the water largely undrinkable and most communities depend on wells for their supplies.
The early winter snow has belied fears that a La Niña weather pattern could create drought conditions in 2008. Snowpack levels in the Dolores, San Miguel, Animas and Upper Rio Grande river basins are between 120 percent and 150 percent of normal.
Health research hasn't kept pace with Colorado's gas and oil boom, where people and energy drilling increasingly share the landscape.
High levels of mercury are falling in the San Juan Mountains, according to early results from a study. The Mountain Studies Institute reported the finding in its December newsletter. Mercury is a poisonous substance that comes from a variety of sources, including coal power plants.
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.
Currently standing at well above average, snowpack in the Rio Grande Basin is higher than any other river basin in the state, Colorado Division of Water Resources Division III Assistant Division Engineer Craig Cotten said on Thursday.