Colorado

March 22, 2016--Lessons in water management (Durango Herald)

Created in 1941 by the Colorado General Assembly, the Southwestern Water Conservation District encompasses Archuleta, Dolores, La Plata, Montezuma, San Juan, San Miguel and parts of Hinsdale, Mineral and Montrose counties. As board president, I would like to share some lessons learned in the past 75 years, ones we’ll carry through the next 75. Lesson No.


March 20, 2016--Is rainwater just a drop in the bucket? (Denver Post)

Rain barrels are in the news again in Colorado, the only state in the U.S. where collection of rainwater is illegal. House Bill 1005, now before the Senate, is an attempt to change that.


March 14, 2016--East slope water officials join west slope water study (Aspen Daily News)

A big question in Colorado is how much water is left to divert and use from the Colorado River before levels drop too low in Lake Powell to make hydropower and deliver water downstream.


March 13, 2016--Western Slope interests not sold on latest flex bill (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill that would allow half of a farmer’s water to be transferred for one year to other uses passed the House agriculture committee 8-5 Monday. The bill, HB1228, was opposed by Western Slope water districts and legislators as unnecessary, expensive to farmers or ranchers and potentially harmful by allowing water that could be used within the state to flow out. Former state Sen.


March 12, 2016--SWSI 2016 to look at variability in future supply (Pueblo Chieftain)

Still gazing at the ripples cast by Colorado’s Water Plan, the Colorado Water Conservation Board is getting ready to dive into another wave of the future. The board is preparing to update the Statewide Water Supply Initiative, which first outlined projected water needs of the state in 2004 and was updated in 2010. The document now serves as the technical basis for


Southwest Basin Roundtable Meeting (Durango, CO)

04/13/2016 3:00 pm

The Southwest Basin Roundtable (SBR) meeting will be conducted at 3:00 pm on April 13, 2016 at the Durango Public Library (1900 East 3rd Avenue). A social hour will begin at 2:30 pm. For more information on the SBR visit the SWCD website.


March 8, 2016--West Slope lawmakers push for more storage of water on East Slope (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope lawmaker wants to help folks on the eastern side of the state store more water. Doing so not only would help serve the growing water demands of thirsty Front Range cities, but also take pressure off other areas of the state from transmountain diversions, said Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio. Brown, along with Sen.


March 7, 2016--Former Colorado state Sen. Jim Isgar dies at 64 (Durango Herald)

Standing on his deep roots in La Plata County, former state Sen. Jim Isgar may have made his largest mark on the state’s agricultural community. Two months shy of his 65th birthday, he died in Denver on Friday after a 4½-year battle against a rare form of leukemia. Isgar had a background in water before he was appointed to the Senate in 2001 to finish the term of former Sen.


March 5, 2016--San Juan Clean Water Coalition to hold launch party Monday (Durango Herald)

Six months before the Gold King Mine blowout, a grass-roots movement prompted elected officials in Southwest Colorado to propose a site-specific good Samaritan legislation for counties within the San Juan Mountains. The idea was to implement a pilot program that would provide adequate protections for parties undertaking remediation projects in the hopes the legislation could spread


March 4, 2016--Future of the Colorado River Basin (Arizona State University)

The Colorado River provides water for nearly 40 million people in seven western states, irrigating millions of acres of farmland, and generating thousands of megawatts of electricity. And though an official declaration of water shortage on the Colorado River has never been declared, and that careful planning has ensured Arizona and Colorado are well-supplied with water, residents need to k


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