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August 15th, 2014

August 14, 2014--McPhee water available for hemp (Dolores Star)

The disconnect between Colorado legalizing marijuana and U.S. drug laws forbidding it continues to widen, including for irrigation uses from federally built reservoirs. A recent policy from the U.S.


August 14th

August 13, 2014--Colorado's Water Plan (KRCC)

It’s been over a year since Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the creation of a state water plan.  It won’t be a legal document, but the plan is expected to make recommendations that will guide future water planning and funding decisions.  The process is well underway, with a deadline to deliver a draft plan by this December.


August 13, 2014--Western Slope water users want conservation from rest of state (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Efforts to forge a state water plan to bridge the anticipated gap between supply and demand should focus on enhanced conservation efforts on the Front Range and shun any new transmountain diversions, according to a group of primarily Western Slope residents. In a meeting this week with


August 13, 2014--Dire water predicament spurs cooperation, compromise (Grand Junction Free Press)

After a winter of happy news about the generous snowpack in Colorado’s mountains, summer brought reminders that our regional water situation is dire – or, at least, poised on the edge of direness. Just as the ink was drying on mid-July headlines announcing that Lake Mead had dropped t


August 12th

August 12, 2014--Reclamation to fund $1.4M for nine desalination, water purification research projects (Water World)

Nine research projects and pilot studies will soon receive $1.4 million from the Bureau of Reclamation to address desalination and water purification needs. Reclamation's Desalination and Water Purification Research Program will provide the funding for four research laboratory-scale projects and three pilot testing projects.


August 12, 2014--Water: The next gold? (Water Online)

Will the next gold rush be a water rush? As a Guardian financial columnist recently asked: "Making money from water?


August 12, 2014--Southwest braces as Lake Mead water levels drop (ABC News)

Once-teeming Lake Mead marinas are idle as a 14-year drought steadily drops water levels to historic lows. Officials from nearby Las Vegas are pushing conservation, but are also drilling a new pipeline to keep drawing water from the lake. Hundreds of miles away, farmers who receive water from the lake behind Hoover Dam are preparing for the worst.


August 11th

August 11, 2014--Bone on bone in the Colorado River: Energy in times of drought (Denver Post)

Colorado water leaders used a curious approach last week in announcing a new water conservation program involving the Colorado River. They talked about electricity and the effect of spiking prices on corn farmers in eastern Colorado, ski area operators on the Western Slope, and cities along the Front Range. The scenario?


August 11, 2014--In Idaho and across the West, aspen trees are disappearing (Idaho Statesman)

Groves of aspen - the tall, skinny trees with telltale white bark and fluttering, glossy leaves - are unmistakable in East Idaho. But look for the cone-shaped tops of conifers living among the smaller aspen, and juniper trees creeping closer to the perimeter of the grove. It's not an example of species diversity; it's a death sentence. The most widespread tree in North America is disappearing.