Colorado

July 2, 2014--Water plan efforts leading to draft (Fort Morgan Times)

Efforts to develop the first statewide water plan have just wrapped up the first year of work, with the December 2014 deadline for a draft to the governor looming. The Colorado Water Plan draws upon a decade of work by the state's eight basin roundtables, the Interbasin Compact Committee and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).


July 1, 2014--Initiatives 75 & 89 granted signature collection (Colorado Water Congress)

Initiative 89 (Local Government Regulation of Environment) was cleared today for signature collection. The Denver Post reports that 100 petition gatherers are busy collecting signatures prior to the August 4 deadline.


July 1, 2014--Colorado Supreme Court blocks environmental ballot proposal (Denver Post)

The Colorado Supreme Court has turned back a ballot proposal that sought to establish a right to clean air, clean water and natural resources in the state because its backers sent a substitute to a state hearing on the measure. The so-called "public trust doctrine" measure, No.


June 29, 2014--Water panel identifies wish list (La Junta Tribune)

During the third annual Protein Producer Summit, a joint summer business meeting of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Livestock Association, four panelists shared a wish list of items they think could improve the state’s ability to fully capture and utilize its water resources. More storage is needed!


June 28, 2014--The fight over water (Vail Daily)

We live in a semi-arid environment, but we love to play in the water. Take the massive wave park in Glenwood Springs. Surfers love it, but it hasn’t run like this for a few years, says Jim Pokrandt, communications and education director with the Colorado River District. “The bigger the snowpack the bigger the runoff and the bigger the wave at Glenwood Springs.


June 26, 2014--What can local governments do to protect & conserve water? (Post Independent)

As people around the state debate how to make Colorado’s limited water supplies stretch to accommodate nearly twice as many people by 2050, the topic of growth surfaces repeatedly. Some call for outright limits on population growth, while others point out that how communities grow can have as big an impact on their water use as how much they grow.


June 25, 2014--Water conservancy weighs ownership of Jackson Gulch (Cortez Journal)

The Mancos Water Conservancy District board on Thursday weighed the consequences of taking ownership of Jackson Gulch Reservoir, the dam, the canal system and the land it sits on from the federal government. If the district worked with the Bureau of Reclamation to take ownership, the district would have to take over all the contracting and inspections.


June 23, 2014--849,610 pounds of toxic chemicals released into Colorado waterways (Denver Post)

Industrial polluters released 849,610 pounds of toxic chemicals into Colorado waterways in 2012, according to a report drawn from federal data. The most prevalent chemical — nitrates — causes algae growth that leads to dead zones in rivers and streams.


June 19, 2014--In arid West, water rights are like gold (Durango Herald)

After another winter of below average snowfall, the spring runoff has dropped to a trickle on the La Plata River with most of the irrigation ditches being shut down. Our winter snows are the lifeblood for most of the agriculture that occurs in Southwest Colorado.


June 19, 2014--Ceremony marks completion of Long Hollow dam (Durango Herald)

A ceremonial load of dirt was dumped Thursday to mark the end of construction of the Long Hollow dam here. The brief topping-out observation was attended by members of the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe, which helped fund construction, and Brice Lee from La Plata Water Conservancy District, which sponsored the project.


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