October 28, 2015--Mountain Studies Institute to interpret EPA Animas River pollution data (Durango Herald)

After the Gold King Mine blowout in August, much public discussion has centered around how to treat ongoing river pollution, but much of the data on heavy metals provided by the Environmental Protection Agency has been difficult to interpret. Through Mountain Studies Institute, the Durango city council is hoping to make all the data collected from the river more understandable. The no

October 27, 2015--Western Slope lawmakers cast careful eye on water plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

State lawmakers representing Western Slope constituents are viewing a nearly complete Colorado water plan with a mix of hope and fear. Eight of them addressed the Colorado Basin Roundtable Monday, with their thoughts not surprisingly mirroring those expressed by roundtable members and the Western Slope more broadly regarding the plan.

October 26, 2015--Citizens petition Gov. Hickenlooper over West Slope Water (krextv)

Citizens for Western Slope Water delivered a petition to Governor Hickenlooper this week urging him to stop sending western slope water to the front range. Nearly 15,000 western slope residents signed the petition asking that a firm policy of no new-transmountain diversions be included as a core priority in the soon-to-be-released Colorado Water Plan. Currently, the west slope supplie

October 25, 2015--Company says $10M offer to clean up mines north of Silverton still on the table (Durango Herald)

Sunnyside Gold Corp. has sent a letter that stirs up an elephant-in-the-room quandary for those invested in the health of the Animas River: Take $10 million now for water treatment in the Upper Animas Basin or take your chances with the Environmental Protection Agency.

October 24, 2015--The South Canal and the future of energy (Coyote Gulch)

The South Canal was sculpted through hardscrabble hills to deliver water imported from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. The water irrigates 66,000 acres of farms and orchards in the Delta-Montrose area.

October 23, 2015--State water official positive about plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Much of the water storage contemplated in the Colorado water plan already is under study, said the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. “There are all sorts of good reasons to think we can close the gap” between current supplies and the demands expected by 2050, said James Eklund, executive director of the CWCB, which has a Dec.

October 22, 2015--EPA's spill pales in comparison to everyday mine leaks (Greenwire)

Politicians, activists, tribes and media outlets have expressed shock at last month's abandoned mine spill in Colorado, which sent 3 million gallons of polluted water down the Animas River. But environmental advocates and groups that have for decades been trying to clean up the legacy of unregulated mining say the incident pales in comparison to the broader problem of tens of thousands

October 22, 2015--After Gold King Spill, focus turns to Good Samaritan Legislation (CPR)

Experts say the slow discharge of tainted waste is gradually polluting waterways. Across the West, a 2011 GAO report estimates about 33,000 abandoned hardrock mines are causing environmental problems. Colorado has identified 230 abandoned mines draining waste into waterways. Money is one hurdle.

October 21, 2015--Colorado water: Action items to be injected into Colorado Water Plan (Aspen Times)

Officials at the Colorado Water Conservation Board are going to add more action items with deadlines to the final Colorado Water Plan by the board’s next meeting on Nov. 19 and 20 in Denver. Final public comments on the draft water plan were due by Sept. 17. And on Oct.

October 21, 2015--Petition: No 
more water 
diversions to
 Front Range (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The soon-to-be completed first version of the Colorado water plan should reject a new diversion of water from the Western Slope to the Front Range, according to a group of Western Slope stakeholders. Citizens for West Slope Water on Tuesday delivered a petition to Gov.

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