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April 9th, 2014

April 8, 2014--Lake Durango levels need boost (Durango Herald)

As a dry summer is most likely in the cards, the Lake Durango Water Authority wants to bolster, by any means, the reserve of water it has in Lake Durango for 1,200 customers southwest of Durango. Among areas served are the two Durango West subdivisions and the Trappers Crossing, Rafter J and Shenandoah neighborhoods.


April 8, 2014--Haven’t heard of the Colorado Water Plan? (Durango Herald)

No one is trying to keep it a secret, but legislators are worried few people have heard of the Colorado Water Plan. Gov. John Hickenlooper has directed his administration to prepare the state’s first-ever comprehensive water strategy by December.


April 7th

April 7, 2014--With our snowpack suffering, water outlook is weak (Durango Herald)

The outlook for water in Southwest Colorado this spring and summer isn’t favorable, the April snowpack report from the Natural Resources Conservation Service says. The snowpack in the combined Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel river basins was 79 percent of the 30-year median April 1; however, this week’s storms brought the basins up to 82 percent.


April 7, 2014--McPhee breakwater plan stalls (Cortez Journal)

It was supposed to be floated into position last summer, but a new breakwater system for the McPhee Reservoir boat launch is still lying on shore. Engineering snags for the structure’s anchor design have delayed the project indefinitely, according to officials with Montezuma County and the San Juan National Forest.


April 6, 2014--Colorado River progress flows from cooperative spirit (Arizona Central)

The Colorado River is an extraordinary river whose currents flow not just in one direction, but in many directions across landscapes and borders, meeting many needs and demands. Last month, the Colorado River began to flow once again toward the Gulf of California as part of an unprecedented agreement to improve the riparian environment of the river and the Colorado River Delta.


April 6, 2014--San Joaquin Valley sinking as groundwater stores are depleted (Sacramento Bee)

Flat as a tabletop, the furrowed, brown farm fields east of this San Joaquin Valley town are some of the most productive on Earth. Every spring, they are planted with a smorgasbord of crops that in one form or another are trucked to grocery stores across America, from fresh juicy tomatoes to freeze-dried onion flakes, honeydew melons to tortilla chips.


April 5th

April 5, 2014--Building a resilient water portfolio (National Geographic)

While most water plans have a dominant component, dependence on a single strategy is risky. Climate change, population growth, and other 21st-century challenges can adversely impact regions with few water options. Rather, we should think in terms of a water portfolio.


April 3, 2014--Big snowpack suspends Wyoming cloud seeding (Casper Star & Tribune)

Above-average snowfall in the mountains of southern Wyoming has forced an early end to part of the state's cloud-seeding research project as a precaution against exacerbating potential spring flooding. Barry Lawrence, project manager with the Wyoming Water Development Office, said the cloud seeding was stopped Wednesday morning in the Medicine Bow and Sierra Madre ranges in southern Wyoming.


April 3, 2014--Colorado close to ban on water-wasting plumbing (Denver Post)

Inefficient faucets, toilets and showerheads moved closer to becoming illegal in Colorado Thursday when the state House gave preliminary approval to the proposal to phase out low-efficiency fixtures. The measure would prohibit the sale of water-wasting plumbing fixtures by 2016. The measure passed after a lively debate full of potty humor.


April 3, 2014--Water shortages for New Mexico farmers, fish (Albuquerque Journal)

Much of the snowpack in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado is already gone, but it seems to be blowing away in the wind rather than melting into the state’s streams and rivers. That has water managers scrambling to cope with the state’s fourth consecutive very dry year.