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April 22nd, 2016

April 22, 2016--A new dark age looms (New York Times)

IMAGINE a future in which humanity’s accumulated wisdom about Earth — our vast experience with weather trends, fish spawning and migration patterns, plant pollination and much more — turns increasingly obsolete. As each decade passes, knowledge of Earth’s past becomes progressively less effective as a guide to the future.


April 21, 2016--Who's to blame for faulty local El Niño predictions? (Los Angeles Times)

A rainy season that began with much El Niño-fueled promise is speeding to a dry and disappointing end.


April 20th

April 19, 2016--Ocean souring on climate change (San Diego Union-Tribute)

The West Coast’s famously abundant fisheries are at risk as the region’s waters become more acidic, a group of scientists have warned. The researchers, with the West Coast Ocean Acidification and Hypoxia Science Panel, this month released a report that projects dire changes to ocean chemistry and marine life, and recommends ways to avert it, including restoring kelp forests and


April 18, 2016--Ex-guv, legislators clash over water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Former Gov. Bill Owens is trying to block a measure in the Colorado Legislature that would change the rules on how groundwater rights are handled, and two local lawmakers aren’t happy about it. Calling Owens a “water speculator,” Sen. Ray Scott, R-Grand Junction, and Rep.


April 17, 2015--Senate panel delays vote on rain-barrel bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Homeowners who use rain barrels are violating state water laws, but a bill discussed in a Senate panel on Thursday would make it OK. Under HB1259, which cleared the Colorado House last month on a 45-20 vote, homeowners would be able to use two 55-gallon barrels to collect rainwater, but only for use on their gardens and lawn. The thinking behind the measure is two-fold, said Sen.


April 16, 2016--Is the California drought America's water wake-up call? (Los Angeles Times)

The California drought is not over. The great hope for major replenishment of California's surface and groundwater supplies — the “Godzilla” El Niño — has failed thus far to live up to its super-sized hype, delivering only average amounts of rain and snow, primarily to the northern half of the state. Average, however, is welcome.


April 18th

April 15, 2016--Dolores dispute (Telluride Daily Planet)

It’s an alphabet soup of acronyms: ACEC, NCA, BLM, SJCA. Beneath the dry crust of jargon lies an ongoing struggle between and among local stakeholders and federal agencies over the fate of the Dolores River.


April 14th

Water Conservancy Districts

Water conservancy districts were authorized by the Water Conservancy Act of 1937. Prior to 1937, various agencies dealing with water distribution and ownership usually operated on a single use basis (e.g., irrigation only, municipal only, etc.). The advent of large multiple use developments, however, prompted the need to create a central local authority that could acquire and distribute water for any beneficial purpose. There are currently over 45 conservancy districts in the state of Colorado, covering nearly every major drainage area and numerous minor basins.