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January 11th, 2007

January 10, 2007--Dormant Yuma Desalting Plant to Get Restart (Tucson Citizen)

A $250 million deslating plant west of Yuma that has sat dormant since shortly after it was completed in the early 1990's is set to restart for a test run by June. The plant was built to reduce salt in agriculture runoff to help meet a water delivery treaty obligation with Mexico, but ran for only a six-month test in 1992-93. Since then, the U.S.


January 8th

January 2, 2007--States Face Flood of Water Issues (Headwaters News)

In New Maxico, Gov. Bill Richardson declared 2007 the "Year of Water." In Colorado, a proposed bill that would fund a feasibility study on a pipeline to ship water from the Blue Mesa Reservoir to the Front Range has at least one Western Slope water group up in arms.


January 7, 2007--Snowpack Only a Bit Ahead of Last Year (Denver Post)

Early-season surveys indicate statewide snowpack is only slightly higher than it was last year at this time, despite two recent blizzards that hammered much of Colorado. As of Monday, statewide snowpack was 96 percent of average, and was 94 percent of last year's readings on the same date.


January 5th

January 4, 2007--Water Ruling Stands: Feds decide not to appeal decision on Gunnison River (Rocky Mountain News)

The government has chosen not to appeal a federal judge's September ruling throwing out an agreement governing the amount of water flowing in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.


January 3, 2007--Agriculture Director Announces Retirement (Rocky Mountain News)

After eight years as head of the Colorado State Department of Agricultre, Commissioner Don Ament announced his retirement and will step down as agriculture commissioner on January 9th, when Governor-elect Bill Ritter wil be sworn in. Ritter has nominated John Stulp, a Lamar-area farmer and former Prowers County commissioner, as the new agriculture chief.


January 2, 2007--Gunnison Water District Members Voice Concern of Pending Bill (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

Members of the Gunnison River Water Conservancy District are not happy about plans to study pumping water out of Blue Mesa Reservoir to the Front Range. Currently, there is a pending bill that would set aside $500,000 to evaluate water projects, including tapping Blue Mesa Reservoir.


December 28, 2006--Corps to Send River Project Permit (Pagosa Springs SUN)

A permit to begin phase two of the Town of Pagosa Springs' San Juan River Restoration Project remains pending, but the US Army Corps of Engineers anticipates the permit's arrival at town offices soon.


January 4th

January 4, 2007--Pecan Growers Say Nuts to Water Plan (Denver Post)

Rules proposed by the New Mexico State Engineer that would cap water use for farmers during dry years have members of a New Mexico water district upset claiming the dry-year limitations are far short of what's needed. The State Engineer released the draft regulation in November and has said they're needed to ensure that the state has enough water to meet its downstream delivery obligations.


January 2nd

December 29, 2006: Southwestern Water Conservation District to Acquire Water Rights (Durango Herald)

The Southwestern Water Conservation District, apparently unable to persuade the city of Durango to reduce the amount of water it wants for a kayak course on the Animas River, moved Thursday to acquire water rights itself.


December 29, 2006: Bush Signs Rural Water Bill (Durango Herald)

Legislation that aims to help rural communities establish reliable water services has been signed into law by President Bush. The bill allows communities to receive help with their water planning and infrasturcure. The Rural Water Supply Act directs the U.S. Interior Department, through the Bureau of Reclamation, to establish a program to plan, design and construct rural water-supply projects.