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January 22nd, 2016

January 22, 2016--Climate change tops WEF risk ranking (National Geographic)

For the first time, the World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked an environmental risk—climate change—as the most severe economic risk facing the world. Global Risks Report 2016 says climate change is compounding and intensifying other social, economic, and humanitarian stresses such as mass migration, which it ranked as the threat most


January 22, 2016--Silverton drafting Superfund-seeking letter to Colorado's governor (Denver Post)

Attorneys for Silverton and San Juan County are in the process of drafting a letter to Colorado's governor in support of Superfund cleanup for its leaching, abandoned mines. While the request still must be approved by the town's elected officials next week, the action represents the most significant move since the Gold King Mine spill in August prompted cries for a large-


January 21, 2016--Colorado delegation poised to introduce Good Samaritan mine cleanup bill (Durango Herald)

Legislation to allow organizations the opportunity to clean up abandoned mines with liability protection is on the cusp of being introduced in the U.S. Congress. Colorado U.S. Sens. Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, are preparing to introduce Good Samaritan legislation along with Rep.


January 21, 2016--Group forms to develop wildfire plan for McPhee Reservoir (Cortez Journal)

A new wildfire risk-assesment group has formed to minimize impacts on the upper Dolores River watershed and McPhee Reservoir. The goal is to identify valuable areas at high risk for damage due to wildfire, then develop and implement mitigation projects.


2016 Legislative Updates

Listed below are the legislative updates from the Colorado Water Congress State Affairs meetings. The Board of the Southwestern Water Conservation District provides this as a service to those interested in water related legislation during the 2011 session.  We hope that you find the updates beneficial.
 
Bruce Whitehead
Executive Director


January 20th

January 20, 2016--Cloud seeding helps boost El Niño (Durango Herald)

El Niño is bringing Southwest Colorado wet storms and even more reason to seed clouds than in a dry winter, some experts say. “When there’s lots of liquid water coming through, then you have a storm to work. ... The seeding response is better.


January 19, 2016--Sanitation officials blame Cortez sewer problem on Montezuma County inmates’ flushing habits (Cortez Journal)

Montezuma County inmates are under suspicion, but not for unlawful activity. Cortez Sanitation District officials suspect that inmates at the 104-bed Montezuma County Jail are flushing items in their jail cells, plugging a pumping station or contaminating the wastewater-treatment facility. “We get a ton of Ramen noodle packages,” CSD manager Tim Krebs told board mem


January 18, 2016--How to shelter mountain streams in a changing world (High Country News)

If you’ve ever dreamed about fishing in the West, chances are you’ve pictured something like the South Fork of the Flathead, an achingly beautiful turquoise river tumbling over multicolored pebbles and wending through the deep forest of northwest Montana. Wade Fredenberg is among the few lucky enough to have grown up fishing there, and his childhood recollections read like a pa


January 18, 2016--Rain barrel proposal drizzles down on Colorado Legislature (Durango Herald)

Another attempt to allow Coloradans to collect rain water that falls on their roofs has started with a drizzle of legislation. Reps.


January 17, 2016--Silverton to EPA: Keep Gold King sludge out of Animas (Denver Post)

Colorado mountain residents hardest-hit by the EPA-triggered Gold King Mine disaster say they'd like to make Silverton a research hub to find a better way — beyond building water treatment plants — to deal with thousands of mines leaking toxic acids. Since August, the Environmental Protection Agency has relied on a temporary plant to remove millions of tons of metals sludge