Colorado Division of Water Resources

September 20, 2016--Shaping water access and allocation: A relation analysis of water use for oil and gas development in Colorado (NIWR)

The state of Colorado’s Division of Water Resources considers water use for oil and gas (OG) extraction activities as short-term and an insignificant percentage of Colorado’s overall water consumption. The Statewide Water Supply Plan makes no mention of concern about OG water uses; and OG activities are not represented at the Basin Roundtables, a state initi


March 18, 2015--Western Slope legislators dismayed over Senate water bill (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The Colorado Senate gave final approval Tuesday to a water bill that made some Western Slope lawmakers a bit uneasy. The measure, SB183, requires water court judges, when considering changes in water uses, to decide based on actual historical use of that water, rather than uses not approved by a prior water decree. Several Western Slope lawmakers from both parties questioned why such


July 25, 2014--Oil and gas companies look to deep aquifers for water (KUNC)

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use. Since 2011 though, property owners have applied to use 35,600 acre-feet of aquifer water for oil and gas development, according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources.


Genualdi New CDWR Division 7 Engineer

The Colorado Division of Water Resources has appointed Robert Genualdi as the Division Engineer for the Dolores/San Juan Durango Office. The Division is responsible for administering water rights, groundwater well permitting, hydrography, and dam safety in the Basin.


May 21, 2014--Water fight has irrigators steamed (Mancos Times)

The Division of Water Resources stopped the flow of water from the West Mancos River through Chicken Creek this spring. This had resulted in a very limited flow for the irrigators along the Carpenter-Mitchell Ditch and reduces the water available to Bauer Reservoir.


April 8, 2014--Lake Durango levels need boost (Durango Herald)

As a dry summer is most likely in the cards, the Lake Durango Water Authority wants to bolster, by any means, the reserve of water it has in Lake Durango for 1,200 customers southwest of Durango. Among areas served are the two Durango West subdivisions and the Trappers Crossing, Rafter J and Shenandoah neighborhoods.


CDWR’s Wolfe Lends Assistance to Jordan

In late 2012, the Colorado Division of Water Resources received an unexpected inquiry from water offi

January 22, 2014--S.W. Colo. snowpack falls below average (Durango Herald)

The snow quickly is melting away, according to an updated report issued by the Natural Resources Conservation Service. The snowpack in Southwest Colorado – the Animas, Dolores, San Juan, Mancos and San Miguel drainages – was 100 percent of average three weeks ago. As of Tuesday, the snowpack had dropped to 77 percent.


January 7, 2014--Long-awaited South Platte groundwater report released with suggestions to lawmakers (Greeley Tribune)

A long-awaited groundwater report suggests lawmakers give Colorado’s state engineer more say in future water functions, add staff to the Water Resources Division office in Greeley and further monitor areas where high groundwater caused extensive damage in recent years in Weld and Logan counties.


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