Colorado

Colorado Weather Program Seeks Volunteers to Monitor Drought, Climate

Weather watchers are needed to help Colorado State monitor the ongoing drought and longer-term climate conditions. The Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network, known as CoCoRaHS, is hoping to have at least one person per square mile recording observations along the Front Range, and as many as possible elsewhere in the state.


Water Use Audits Offered to Farmers!

Farmers consume nearly 90 percent of Colorado's water, and Colorado State University is offering ways for them to use it more efficiently. A grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to CSU's Center for Agricultural Energy will pay for reduced-cost irrigation efficiency audits for growers with center pivot systems.


April 13, 2014--New law demands higher efficiency from plumbing fixtures (Coloradoan)

Colorado will set higher efficiency standards for its plumbing fixtures starting in September 2016 — though the stricter standards might be a case of policy catching up with practice.


April 13, 2014--Watered-down lawn bill signed into law (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill that initially sought to tie water supplies for new developments to minimal landscaping irrigation was signed into law Friday by Gov. John Hickenlooper.


April 11, 2014--Water supply concerns dominate regional seminar (Pine River Times)

With continuing population growth in Southwestern states and ongoing drought, water issues are becoming more and more about who has to cut back their use when there isn't enough to meet demand. That thread ran through presentations at the annual Water Seminar on April 4 in Durango, sponsored by the Southwest Water Conservation District.


April 10, 2014--Snowpack not enough to keep lower Dolores River running for recreation (Durango Telegraph)

For the second year in a row, it’s just not enough. McPhee Reservoir near Dolores has enough water to meet its basic obligations, but not enough for those looking to enjoy whitewater boating in the lower Dolores River. “There’s a lot of disappointed boaters,” said Lee-Ann Hill, program coordinator for the Dolores River Boating Advocates.


April 9, 2014--Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation (Craig Daily Press)

American Rivers, the national conservation organization, on Wednesday ranked the upper Colorado River Basin — and by implication the Yampa River with it — among its 10 most endangered rivers in the country. The Colorado was named the most endangered river in the U.S.


April 8, 2014--Snowpack dust is trending upward (Durango Herald)

The good news is that this year’s dust storms have not deposited as much grit on this area’s snowpack as last year’s. The bad news: Last year “broke the sound barrier” for dust deposits, and this year is continuing a decade-long increase. That’s according to the latest measurements by the Center for Snow and Avalanche Studies.


April 8, 2014--‘Pray for rain’ (Durango Herald)

Hamburger. Steak. Prime rib. However you like it, beef is what’s for dinner on many local tables. But the folks who put it on the plate are dealing with the consequences of two years of drought and looking at another one coming up if some good precipitation doesn’t come our way.


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