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October 9th, 2014

A Tree's Biography is Written in its Rings and Music

According to a July news article, it turns out tree rings can be played on a turntable. For background, not only can growth rings reveal its age, but they also offer glimpses into how trees grow based on different environmental conditions such as droughts, floods, fires, and even solar flares. In 2011 artist Bartholomäus Traubeck devised a way to play tree rings as if they were vinyl records.


Another Successful Water 101 Seminar!

The 8th Annual Water 101 Seminar was conducted in beautiful Telluride this year and was another success. Including presenters there were nearly 70 in attendance. In addition to the Water Information Program, the seminar was cosponsored with EcoAction Partners, San Miguel Watershed Coalition, and the Town of Telluride. It qualified for six (6) continuing education credits (CECs) for lawyers, seven (7) CECs for realtors, and new this year—teacher education credits and contact hours, as well as training units for Colorado water utility personnel.


Southwest Basin Roundtable BIP Available for Review

The Southwest Basin Roundtable submitted their Basin Implementation Plan (BIP) to the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to incorporate into the Statewide Colorado Water Plan (CWP). The Southwest BIP can be found on the CWCB website, under the "community" tab/page.


Water Resources Review Committee Meeting

More than 100 people attended an August 27th meeting in Durango to share their thoughts and concerns with the Colorado General Assembly’s Water Resources Review Committee (WRRC). The WRRC is conducting meetings around the state to collect comments about the Colorado Water Plan.


Global: New Water and Energy Nexus Report

Two new reports that focus on the global water and energy nexus were published in July. According to the reports, three years of research show that by the year 2040 there will not be enough water to quench the thirst of the world population and keep the current energy and power solutions going if we continue doing what we are doing today. It is a clash of competing necessities, between drinking water and energy demand.


Colorado River Basin: Energy Production in Times of Drought and Effects on Prices

The Colorado River Basin has been experiencing below average river flows for 11 of the last 14 years. In response, water officials are planning for the potential that continued drought conditions could leave too little water to generate electricity.


West Slope: Water and Energy Collision Course?

According to a July High Country News article, if you thought fracking was a water-guzzling method to get the oil and gas flowing from shale, then you should check out oil shale retorting.


U.S. and Canada Water Wars?

According to a recent Water Online article, the U.S. and Canada could soon be at odds over water. Post Media's Canada.com recently reported: "Canada must prepare for diplomatic water wars with the U.S., as demand on both sides of the border grows for this vital but ultimately limited resource, says Gary Doer, Canadian ambassador to the United States." He said the problem is so pressing that in five years it will make other public debates look "silly." “I think five years from now we will be spending diplomatically a lot of our time and a lot of our work dealing with water,” he said in the report. “There will be pressure on water quality and water quantity.” Canada is rich in water resources--the country controls over 21 percent of the world's supply of fresh water.


Mega-Drought!?

The 15-year drought across most of the Western U.S. is what bioclimatologist Park Williams indicated is notable because "more area in the West has persistently been in drought during the past 15 years than in any other 15-year period since the 1150s and 1160s" — that's more than 850 years ago.