Colorado

September 26, 2016--Mussel risk at McPhee could limit boat access (Cortez Journal)

A plan is being considered by local, state and federal agencies to close the McPhee and House Creek boat ramps with locked gates during times when boat inspectors are absent.


September 25, 2016--City Council OKs purchase of new snow-storage site (Durango Herald)

The city may store its snow above the Durango Tech Center this winter instead of dumping it in Cundiff Park near the Animas River. The Durango City Council unanimously agreed late Tuesday to buy 3.35 acres of open space near the end of Tech Center Drive for about $374,000. This comes as a relief to Donna Nazario, property manager and resident at Rivergate Lofts, because the snow


September 23, 2016--Heavy rain north of Durango muddies Animas River (Durango Herald)

Recent heavy rain in the high country north of Durango resulted in discoloration of the Animas River on Thursday near Silverton, according to an alert issued by the Environmental Protection Agency. The discoloration is not related to work at the Gold King Mine or an interim water-treatment plant, the 


September 22, 2016--Animas River water fight headed to trial (Santa Fe New Mexican)

A yearslong dispute over water rights on the Animas River will finally go to trial in state District Court following a New Mexico Supreme Court ruling Thursday that the state engineer has full authority to regulate how water on the river is managed and diverted. The state engineer filed a complaint in District Court in 2013 against the Diamond K Bar Ranch in San Juan County, accusing the r


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


September 18, 2016--Severance tax funds running low as source for state’s water plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

If Colorado’s state water plan is to keep the headwaters state in control of its lifeblood, the plan will require a new spring of cash to replace one that is running dry, officials said Friday. Where the money will come from — and ideas run from mill levies to sales taxes to tap fees to usage fees — isn’t clear, state Rep.


September 15, 2016--Lake Nighthorse to Dryside pipeline construction begins (Durango Herald)

Standing on a slope above Lake Nighthorse on a sunny Wednesday morning, La Plata Water Conservancy District President Brice Lee told a crowd of about 50 water stakeholders, “Water is like geological time. It goes on and on.” For decades, water storage and supply infrastructure in Southwestern Colorado have been slow-moving, underfunded dreams.


September 14, 2016--Grass-roots cleanups continue in Silverton mining district (Durango Herald)

The Environmental Protection Agency may have declared Superfund status for 48 mining-related sites around Silverton, but that hasn’t stopped grass-roots efforts that have worked for more than two decades to improve water quality in the Animas River watershed. On Monday, a joint project between the Bureau of Land Management, the town of Silverton and volunteers from around the


September 13, 2016--Senators attempt to expedite Gold King reimbursements (Durango Herald)

A bipartisan group of senators on Monday introduced a measure that would expedite reimbursements to entities affected by last year’s Gold King Mine spill. Colorado senators Michael Bennet, a Democrat, and Cory Gardner, a Republican, joined Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, Martin Heinrich, D-New Mexico, John McCain, R-Arizona, and Tom Udall, D-New Mexico, in endorsing the measure, acc


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