Colorado

September 21, 2014--Water-plan team seeks support (Durango Herald)

When a resident of the arid southwest corner of La Plata County once said he drove seven miles to a community spring for potable water, the response of water-issues pioneer Fred Kroeger was: “That’s closer than drilling (a well).” Kroeger’s dry humor pointed to reality – water in southwest La Plata County is scarce, wells are unreliable and potable water is o


September 18, 2014--Urban, agricultural communities clash over Colorado Water Plan (Greeley Tribune)

By 2050, projections place Northern Colorado’s population at double its current level — a forecast that threatens to not only challenge but possibly tap out the region’s water resources. In the South Platte Water Basin, a 22,000-square mile district including Weld County, this population boom could equate to major water shortages in the not-so-distant future.


September 18, 2014--Hermosa protection bill hits rough water (Durango Herald)

U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton recently released a potential amendment to the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act, changing the House bill from the agreed-upon wording drafted by community consensus. The original bill had the support of La Plata and San Juan counties, and had been carefully crafted by people who live there.


September 16, 2014--Can we find 1 equitable water policy? (Durango Herald)

Agricultural dry-up is an ominous phrase, but it’s reality on the Front Range as farmers sell water rights to satisfy unquenchable urban sprawl. It won’t be enough. Population predictions show Colorado doubling to 10 million residents in 50 years, mostly on the Front Range.


September 15, 2014--Filmmaker Jim Harvey on his Colorado water documentary (Westword)

Jim Harvey's soon-to-be-finished feature documentary, The Great Divide, aims to tell the tangled story of water in Colorado -- a subject as vast as the state and the eight states that Colorado supplies water to.


September 12, 2014--Conservation, urban interests clash at water board meeting (Post Independent)

The importance of green lawns to maintain quality of life and urban home values was heard alongside that of maintaining river flows for the Western Slope’s recreation-based economy in comments to the Colorado Water Conservation Board Thursday.


September 11, 2014--State water plan must include recreation economy (Post Independent)

The Colorado State Water Plan isn’t final yet, but it’s kicking up a lot of resistance here on the Western Slope. And for good reason. The plan, still in its draft stage, could spell trouble for the vibrant recreation economy of many Western Slope communities. Much of the plan continues to rely on outdated and, frankly, extravagant uses of water in our arid state.


September 11, 2014--Coloradans want Congress to eye conservation (Colorado Springs Independent)

The Wilderness Society notes a new poll of 11 Western states that "shows strong support for taking action on legislation that would reinvest a portion of rents and royalties from renewable energy development on public lands to conservation activities." That legislation is the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (H.R. 596/S.


September 11, 2014--Letter of intent moves Dry Gulch talks forward (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) held a special meeting on Sept. 8 for the consideration and discussion of a Letter of Intent to structure future discussions with Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) regarding the proposed Dry Gulch Reservoir.


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