Fall 2012

Summer and Fall 2012 Newsletter

Colorado River Water Future

Consider some of the following High Country News numbers to provide a sense of the Colorado River water future:


Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Workshop

The WIP, in conjunction with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association, conducted their first, pilot, Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Workshop June 26-27th.


Water in the West Art Show and Speaker Series as Part of Water 2012

In an effort to raise awareness about vital water issues, the WIP, in conjunction with the Durango Arts Center (DAC), conducted a month-long Water in the West Art Show. The gala opening was August 10th at DAC.


Water 101 Seminar

Save-the-date for the 7th Annual Water 101 Seminar to be conducted October 26, 2012 in Durango.


Southwest Basin Roundtable

At the July 11th Southwest Basin Roundtable (SBR) meeting, it was reported that their account balance is $290,304.


Colorado Geologic Survey Finds Acid Drainage Predates Mining

An award-winning study by the Colorado Geologic Survey has found that highly acidic surface water preceded mining activity by thousands, perhaps millions of years. The report was recently given an award by the Geological Society of America as the best environmental publication of 2011.


Deadly Amoeba Found in Tap Water

According to a Los Angeles Times report, investigators at the Center for Disease Control recently found the amoeba, naegleria fowleri, when they swabbed the plumbing in the houses of two people who died of primary


New Toilet Turns Waste into Electricity and Fertilizer

According to a recent Science Daily article, researchers have invented a new toilet system that turns human waste into electricity and fertilizers. It also reduces the amount of water needed for flushing by up to 90 percent compared to current toilet systems. Dubbed the No-Mix Vacuum Toilet, it has two chambers that separate the liquid and solid wastes.


Norwood, Mountain Village Impose Water Conservation Measures, While Water Call Threatens Ouray

In May the Norwood Water Commission and the Town of Norwood posted water restriction notices asking customers to begin saving. In the Telluride area, the Town of Mountain Village also set limits on residential water usage.


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