March 6, 2014--Farmers optimistic about 2014 (Pueblo Chieftain)

Farmers are as certain as farmers can be that this year will be better than the last. All indications at a still early point in the growing season are pointing toward more favorable conditions than farmers have seen in the last three years.

March 5, 2014--Snow piles up in high country (Pueblo Chieftain)

Winter is growing whiter and whiter in Colorado’s high country, brightening the outlook for a healthy spring runoff. While the normal peak snowpack isn’t typically reached until mid-April, Colorado continues to push the total above that peak already.

March 5, 2014--Spruce beetle epidemic expands in 2013 (Telluride Daily Planet)

U.S. Forest Service officials and others are concerned after a new survey shows increasing spruce beetle activity in southwest Colorado. According to the aerial survey, which was conducted in the summer of 2013, spruce beetles were detected on 398,000 acres in Colorado, which includes 216,000 acres of new beetle activity.

March 5, 2014--Sides agree to innovative Fraser River deal to help slake Denver Water thirst (Colorado Independent)

Ranchers, anglers and big-city water bosses raised a white flag in Colorado’s long-running water wars this week by setting aside bullying and threats of lawsuits and permit appeals.

March 5, 2014--Water Bank Proposed on Western Slope (KREX)

The Colorado River District traveled to Montrose and Palisade Tuesday to speak with irrigators about the possibility of a water bank on the Western Slope. The new concept would increase security for the Upper Colorado River Basin water supplies and reduce the potential negative impacts of persisting drought conditions.

March 3, 2014--Drought unleashes a plague of tumbleweeds (

Water-starved Colorado is becoming fertile ground for unexpected — and tough-to-eradicate — pests. They roll across the eastern plains, some as large as ostriches, prickly flotsam that are as much a piece of Western history as stagecoaches and dust devils. There is even a song about them.

March 2, 2014--Making every drop of water count (Durango Herald)

It is well-known that water availability across the Western United States is a big problem, affecting farmers, ranchers, cities and everyone in between. There have been fights in the Colorado Legislature over lawn watering and ski area water rights. And the federal government continues to place great importance on providing adequate water supplies for the future.

February 28, 2014--Drought watchers see mostly good news, bad here and there (Rocky Mountain PBS)

With the winter of 2013-14 winding its way toward the first day of spring on March 20, Colorado’s climatologists and wat

February 26, 2014--Reservoirs are above average but water efficiency is still important (9 News)

Every week the snowpack is doing better and better with each storm contributing from a couple of inches to a feet of snow at a time. The statewide snowpack in the last two weeks has jumped up 7 percent from 108 percent of average to 115 percent of average.

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