Arkansas River

February 11, 2014--Farmers told to prep for shortage (Pueblo Chieftain)

It's no secret to farmers that the Arkansas Valley usually is short of water. But future consequences of the shortfall are illustrated by actions that already have occurred in the South Platte River and Rio Grande basins. The coming crisis was discussed last week at the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium, which attracted about 200 participants.


January 10, 2014--Upper Arkansas receives Gold Medal Trout Waters status (Chaffee County Times)

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is pleased to announce the upper Arkansas River as the newest addition to the statewide list of Gold Medal Trout Waters. The Gold Medal reach is 102 miles long from the confluence with the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River, near Leadville, downstream to Parkdale at the Highway 50 bridge crossing above the Royal Gorge.


November 17, 2013--Dams, diversion damage lingers (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is working on repairing a projected $2 billion damage to infrastructure caused by flooding in September. While roads, homes and other buildings were lost to raging waters, mainly in the northern part of the state, there was also severe damage to water structures.


October 23, 2012--Water rights, avoiding water conflicts (Trinidad Times)

The issue of who gets the water that flows from the Arkansas River Basin is of great concern to the people of southeastern Colorado at a time of extreme drought, an expanding population in many areas of the state and resulting pressure on limited water resources in the region.


June 2, 2012--How white water feeds Colorado's economy (Summit Daily)

White water rafting accounts for $155 million tourist dollars spent in Colorado in 2011. The biggest hitter is the Arkansas River, which pulls in over 200,000 user days per year. The Colorado Basin draws about 100,000, mostly in the area around Glenwood Canyon and upstream on the main stem of the river. The Gunnison Basin draws a respectable 20,000.


January 7, 2012--Nestlé files augmentation plan for Ark River depletion (Mountain Mail)

A substitute water supply plan filed Thursday by Nestlé Waters North America requests approval to augment out-of-priority depletions to the Arkansas River resulting from operations at Ruby Mountain Springs near Nathrop.


December 1, 2011--Drought lingers in Southern Colorado (Pueblo Chieftain)

Drought that began 16 months ago persists in Southeastern Colorado. Baca County is in extreme drought, while much of the Lower Arkansas Valley and the Rio Grande basin are in severe drought, according to the latest assessment by the  U.S. Drought Monitor. The state has activated an agricultural impact task force as the drought moves into its second growing season.


August 8, 2011--Looking for gold in water projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

Somewhere in the murky depths of Colorado water, a pot of gold lurks. There have been plenty of private-interest attempts to wrest it free with the development of private water projects to serve growing municipal needs.


May 31, 2011--Gridlock snags mine cleanup effort (Durango Herald)

Efforts to change federal law to protect groups willing to cleanup polluting mines from legal liability have hit a snag, according to the Obama administration. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said last week that legislative gridlock is keeping President Barrack Obama from his pledge to change the


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