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August 15th, 2016

August 14, 2016--Study: Drought like 2000-2006 would empty Lake Powell (Aspen Daily News)

From his office along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Eric Kuhn can see the bottom of Lake Powell. Kuhn, the general manager of the Colorado River District, has been working for months on a study asking if future droughts will drop water levels in Lake Powell so low that Glen Canyon Dam won’t be able to produce hydropower or release enough water to meet downstream demands.&nb


August 12th

August 13, 2016--Discoloration in Animas River no cause for alarm (Durango Herald)

With snowmelt all but complete and monsoons in full swing, residents can expect periodic discoloration of the Animas River, a public health official said Thursday. The river appeared orangish in color Thursday near Baker’s Bridge, according to a bicyclist who rode by and took notice.


August 12, 2016--Construction in Animas River to start Monday (Durango Herald)

This week, crews will start putting up fencing and traffic-control barriers, the city’s schedule said. Residents may also see crews moving boulders into a storage area near the construction site, Utilities Director Steve Salka said. The city is going to build rock weirs to help correct the flow of the river because it is shifting away from the city’s water intake, Salka sa


August 11th

August 11, 2016--Navajo Nation plans geothermal greenhouse fuelled by mine water (GeoEnergy)

The Navajo Nation, an indigenous group in New Mexico, could soon see the development of a geothermal greenhouse. In partnership with Colorado University it is hoped that the project could utilise a geothermal resources from a a coal mine bought by the Navajo Nation from international coal company BHP in late 2012.


August 10, 2016--Law lets Coloradans collect, use rainwater (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Vicki Felmlee is happy that the law has finally caught up with her. Like a lot of Coloradans, the longtime Grand Junction resident has been breaking the law for years by using rain barrels to collect water from her rooftop. That all changed Wednesday when Colorado became the last state in the nation to legalize them. “I haven’t been known for armed robbery, bribery or


August 9, 2016--Denver Water CEO says ‘coordinated plan' is needed for Colorado waters (Water Online)

A “coordinated plan” is needed in Colorado for the state to better manage its water systems, according to the CEO and manager of Denver Water, Jim Lochhead. Lochhead, who took over Denver Water in 2010, believes that Colorado needs to have a thorough conversation about how to manage its water, according to aspenjournalism.org. Specifically, Lochhead w


***BLM’s Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan Available for public comment!***

Public comments are being taken for the BLM’s Uncompahgre Resource Management Plan (RMP). The plan covers 675,000 surface acres within the Uncompahgre Planning Area.


August 8th

August 8, 2016--With cleanup, Silverton braces for other challenges (Durango Herald)

The jolting sight of a mustard-yellow river in the aftermath of the Gold King Mine spill was enough to incite the worst fears for Silverton’s future, mainly that the national headline-yielding blowout would destroy the community’s economic crown jewel: tourism. But a year later, with official Superfund status expected this fall, it appears the Environmental Protection Ag


August 7, 2016--Southwestern Water hears proposals for Dryside irrigation (Durango Herald)

Options to pump Animas River water to Red Mesa for irrigation were recently floated to the Southwestern Water Conservation District, though none of the projects have funding. The proposals would pump water uphill from the Lake Nighthorse intake to Red Mesa Reservoir, east of the La Plata River and about four miles north of the New Mexico border. “The 700-foot elevation di


August 6, 2016--EPA to pay $1.2M more in costs from Colorado mine spill (Associated Press)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Friday it will pay another $1.2 million to tribes, states and local governments affected by a massive mine waste spill in southwestern Colorado. The announcement came on the anniversary of the blowout at the Gold King Mine near Silverton. An EPA-led crew inadvertently triggered the spill during preliminary cleanup work on Aug. 5, 2015.