Colorado

July 10, 2016--Gold King Mine spill-related legislation inches forward (Durango Herald)

In the last year, Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., as well as Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Rep.


July 8, 2016--Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine (Cortez Journal)

After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed site is on about 80 acres just north of Rico. Its leaking St.


July 8, 2016--Hickenlooper backs $380 million Denver Water project to divert Colorado River water (Denver Water)

Colorado leaders on Wednesday formally backed Denver Water’s $380 million project to nearly triple the capacity of a Front Range reservoir and divert more water from the Colorado River Basin. Denver Water’s Moffat expansion project, 13 years in the making, “aligns with the key elements of Colorado’s Water Plan,” Gov.


July 7, 2016--Colorado funding cuts make reservoirs more vulnerable to invasive species (Summit Daily)

While state funding has started drying up, a noted disturbance remains quite fluid. Two problematic varieties of freshwater shellfish — the zebra and quagga mussel — are always of concern at area water bodies where they are an aquatic nuisance species, or ANS.


July 6, 2016--RRCC offers degree in water quality management (Lakewood Sentinel)

This fall, Red Rocks Community College makes Colorado history by offering a bachelor of applied science degree in water quality management technology. Red Rocks is the first community college in the state to offer a BAS degree, the result oftwo years of work by college faculty. “The accreditation to offer a BAS will expand the learning opportunities for the students,” said


July 4, 2016--Agriculture community also affected by oil and gas slowdown (Greeley Tribune)

When the South Platte River flows high, Chuck Sylvester doesn’t get nervous. He grew up on the river. His family’s farm has been in LaSalle for 150 years. High water, low water — he’s seen it all more times than he can count. But he’s only seen the water rise higher than the doorknob of his garage once.


July 3, 2016--Vail Daily column: Use it or lose it? (Vail Daily)

The “use it or lose it” feature of Colorado water law is often blamed for discouraging farmers and ranchers from taking efficiency and conservation measures that could benefit the environment or ease the supply and demand imbalance on the Colorado River.


July 1, 2016--Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem (Durango Herald)

“I dare you to find a cooler trip,” Doug Ponce, a senior guide with Mountain Waters Rafting, challenged his customers before hitting the revered, if not notorious, rapids of the Upper Animas River. And he might be right. Just to reach the runnable stretch of the Upper Animas is an adventure, requiring those seeking a thrill to hop aboard the Durango & Silve


June 29, 2016--Forest Service restores wetlands in Falls Creek (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service has put the final touches on a project that effectively restores an almost 20-acre wetland in Falls Creek, adding a rich biodiverse area to the lush green valley northwest of Durango. “The life wetlands support are phenomenal,” said district ranger Matt Janowiak.


June 28, 2016--Colorado College focuses on Western water issues (Durango Herald)

An annual Colorado College project focusing on issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West is turning its spotlight on the governance of Western water, including the Animas River. On Monday morning, several student researchers and staff with the State of the Rockies Project took a flight from Durango to survey from above the Gladstone area and Gold King Mine, just north of Si


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