Arkansas River Basin

March 11, 2007--What's the land worth? Water figures in value (Pueblo Chieftain)

The value of crops depends on market prices, location and weather conditions, but assuming 50,000-60,000 acres are taken out of production valleywide in the next 25 years, the economic hit could approach $20 million per year in farm revenues for the Arkansas Valley, based on typical gross value of production.


January 22, 2007--Chain of lakes below Pueblo Dam nearly reeled in (Pueblo Chieftain)

A chain of lakes, part of the City of Pueblo's Arkansas River Legacy Park, were once part of a sand and gravel operation just west of Pueblo, is nearing completion. The seven lakes sit on 270 acres of land at the site of the old Valco gravel yard...The recreation below the dam is a different type of recreation than the reservoir offers.


January 17, 2007--Water board earns more as Puebloans use less (Pueblo Chieftain)

While Puebloans reduced water usage in 2006, the Pueblo Board of Water Works earned more operating revenue than its budget projected.


January 16, 2007--A positive start (Pueblo Chieftain)

[EDITORIAL] Gov. Bill Ritter has pledged to support several measures important to Pueblo and Southern Colorado.


January 15, 2007--Blizzards fill up Plains reservoirs (Pueblo Chieftain)

For only the second time, Denver Water's reservoirs gained storage during the month of December, thanks to the back-to-back snowstorms. The last time that happened was when the 1982 Christmas blizzard hit the Front Range...After years of drought, the two river basins on the Eastern Plains are both well ahead of the rest of the state, which averages 98 percent.


February 10, 2007--Lake Pueblo Water Leased to State (Pueblo Chieftain)

An emergency lease to state agencies by the Pueblo Board of Water Works will keep minimum flows in the Arkansas River through Pueblo and avoid a repeat of conditions that threatened fish in the winter of 2005...The water board will lease up to 3,082 acre-feet now stored in Lake Pueblo to the Colorado Division of Wildlife and Colorado State Parks to maintain a minimum flow of 50 cubic feet per seco


February 2, 2007--Supply, Demand Right for `Super Ditch' Idea (Pueblo Chieftain)

Sufficient supply and demand exists for a "Super Ditch" designed to give Arkansas Valley farmers more clout with cities in future water deals...The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District is investigating the possibility of forming the so-called Super Ditch, but would not manage it.


January 25, 2007--Water-Quality Bill Clears Panel (Denver Post)

A proposal to strengthen state water-quality law that has failed at the Capitol the past six years won initial approval, with lawmakers predicting this is the year it finally will survive.


January 15, 2007--Recent Blizzards Fill Denver Water's Reservoirs (Durango Herald)

For only the second time, Denver Water's reservoirs gained storage during the month of December, thanks to back-to-back snowstorms. The last time that happened was when the 1982 Christmas blizzard hit the Front Range. After years of drought, the two river basins on the Eastern Plains are both well ahead of the rest of the state, which averages 98 percent.


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