Colorado

October 16, 2014--Desert drought dust ups avalanche danger in Colorado backcountry (Colorado Independent)

We all know what a blanket of fresh snow is supposed to look like — it’s the stuff of poetry. And for skiers and snowboarders, it’s the magic carpet that carries us beyond the edge of gravity, free-falling down mountainsides immersed in a spray of frozen crystals.


October 14, 2014--Small hydro on irrigation canals in Colorado (Mountain News)

In 1909, President William Howard Taft arrived in Montrose on a train to dedicate one of the federal government’s first reclamation projects. With aid of federal funds, a 5.8-mile tunnel was bored from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River to divert water onto the fertile fields of the Uncompahgre Valley.


October 14, 2014--18,000 Coloradans call on water board for strong conservation and efficiency in state water plan (Groundfloor Media)

More than 18,000 people across Colorado have sent messages supporting smart water policies such as increased conservation and efficiency to be prioritized in the first-ever Colorado State Water Plan. Set in motion through an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the plan will determine how water is managed across Colorado for decades to come.


October 11, 2014--No easier answers for water supply, growth (Pueblo Chieftain)

It’s probably wise to expect a little pain when you grab the bull by the horns.So, the Arkansas Basin Roundtable this week wrestled the question of new development, land use policies and local control to the ground, only to find that it jumped back up to torment.


October 11, 2014--Western Colorado’s water safe for now (Post Independent)

Perry Cabot, a Grand Junction resident, is a doctor of agricultural engineering and land resources. While currently employed by Colorado State University’s extension office in Grand Junction, he’s working hard to gain insight into one of Colorado’s biggest issues — water and its impacts on agriculture.


October 11, 2014--How will Colorado’s water plan address West-East water transfers? (Post Independent)

As the first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan nears completion (it’s due in December), many who have participated in its development remain anxious about what will and won’t be in it — particularly in relation to the potential for more West Slope water to be transported east to serve growing cities on the Front Range.


Another Successful Water 101 Seminar!

The 8th Annual Water 101 Seminar was conducted in beautiful Telluride this year and was another success. Including presenters there were nearly 70 in attendance. In addition to the Water Information Program, the seminar was cosponsored with EcoAction Partners, San Miguel Watershed Coalition, and the Town of Telluride. It qualified for six (6) continuing education credits (CECs) for lawyers, seven (7) CECs for realtors, and new this year—teacher education credits and contact hours, as well as training units for Colorado water utility personnel.


West Slope: Water and Energy Collision Course?

According to a July High Country News article, if you thought fracking was a water-guzzling method to get the oil and gas flowing from shale, then you should check out oil shale retorting.


PRID Installs New Bubbler System

The Pine River Irrigation District (PRID) recently installed a bubbler system at Lake Vallecito. The system prevents freezing around the rubber seals of the flood gates and the gates themselves.

La Plata Archuleta Water District

The La Plata Archuleta Water District (LPAWD) recently signed a contract with the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) to purchase 2,500 acre-feet (AF) of water from the Animas-La Plata Project over a 40 year period.

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