Colorado

January 28, 2007--Don't Waste the Money (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] State water officials and Western Slope lawmakers are looking at a water appropriations bill that could lead to a study examining the possible availability of water in Blue Mesa Reservoir for transmountain diversion to the Front Range...Any such study would be a complete waste of tax dollars until another important issue regarding the Gunnison River--the quantification of water rights


January 27, 2007--Mercury Levels Prompt Health Warning (Cortez Journal)

Elevated levels of mercury have been found in fish in five Colorado reservoirs including Horsetooth, Horseshoe, Totten, Purdy and Trinidad...There are several debates regarding where and how the mercury is getting into fish, but the most likely source is power plants...At least 44 states have been conducting mercury sampling and all are finding elevated mercury levels...The EPA has directed states


January 27, 2007--Water Manager: Climate Change to Ebb State's Flows (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

The science that says water supplies in Colorado will shrivel with the onset of climate change is nearly a sure bet. A slate of scientific studies have led water managers to conclude the state can no longer look to the past to predict the future when it comes to forecasting water supplies. The Rocky Mountains will simply get drier in the long run.


January 26, 2007--Can There Ever be Fair Value for Water? (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

[EDITORIAL] Water rights in Colorado could get special legal protection from condemnation under a bill introduced in the state Legislature. It's not hard to understand why the measure has gathered support form a variety of interest groups.


January 27, 2007--Water Tops State's Priorities (Cortez Journal)

Gov. Bill Ritter told the Colorado Water Congress that conservation will be the top priority as the state tries to solve its water problems, and that conservation has to include agriculture. Then look at recycling projects and sharing agreements between cities and farmers. And, as a last option, build more reservoirs.


January 25, 2007--Water-Quality Bill Clears Panel (Denver Post)

A proposal to strengthen state water-quality law that has failed at the Capitol the past six years won initial approval, with lawmakers predicting this is the year it finally will survive.


January 24, 2007--State Begins Impact Study of Drilling on Water Rights (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Colorado Geological Survey is beginning a six-month study of the Raton and Piceance basins to determine whether water from coal-bed methane drilling is connected to surface water supplies. There are rules that make oil and gas production exempt from state water rights. The purpose of this study will be to see if coal-bed methane drilling is an injury to other water rights.


16th Annual Colorado Agricultural Outlook Forum--Denver, CO

02/21/2007 8:00 am
02/21/2007 5:00 pm

"From Colorado to the Clouds: Agriculture and a Changing Global Climate," state and national experts focus on Colorado's changing world. Register on-line.


January 23, 2007--Tapping Used Water (Denver Post)

The city of Aurora is working on a $754 million Prairie Waters Project to extract water from the South Platte River, treat it and pipe it to customers--a process that will increase Aurora's water supply by 20 percent. "This is the wave of the future," said Glenn Bodnar, drinking-water specialist for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


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