Colorado

June 11, 2014--Conservation groups go after Hickenlooper for water bill veto (Colorado Independent)

Governor John Hickenlooper is drawing backlash for vetoing a bill that conservationists say would have prompted farmers to update their irrigation systems and kept more water in Colorado’s Western Slope streams without asking anyone to forfeit water rights. Hickenlooper said that the final version of the bill, SB 23, lacked sufficient support from agricultural and water groups.


June 10, 2014--Farmers cope with drought as Texas-New Mexico fight over Rio Grande water (KHOU Houston)

As the drought drags on in the southwest and Texas moves forward with a lawsuit against New Mexico over Rio Grande water, farmers face another difficult irrigation season.  “It’s pretty tough to try to farm with just a little river water,” said Keith Deputy, a 3rd generation farmer. The depleted Rio Grande is at the center of the lawsuit. The U.S.


June 10, 2014--Will the Public Trust Doctrine issue make the ballot this fall? (Coyote Gulch)

Water initiatives that could have a significant impact on the San Luis Valley are still awaiting Colorado Supreme Court decisions before moving forward to the November ballot box.


June 10, 2014--Severe water shortage in West fails to stop fracking at gas wells (NBC News)

Critics of fracking, may have hoped drought-ridden states might be inclined to shut down the oil and gas extraction method that uses huge amounts of water. But just last month, in the midst of the worst drought in California's history, the state Senate killed a bill that would have put a moratorium on the state's use of hydraulic fracturing.


June 8, 2014--Local communities value McPhee, Dolores (Durango Herald)

The story titled “McPhee puts a plug in Dolores” (Herald, May 29) treats one of the most valued resources in Montezuma and Dolores counties in a manner that is judgmental and completely lacking in context.


June 8, 2014--Telluride may conserve water even in non-drought years (Telluride Watch)

With greatly expanded supplies of treated municipal water coming online at the end of this year when the Pandora Water Treatment Plant is scheduled to open, the Town of Telluride is considering the implementation of new water conservation measures.

June 7, 2014--Family farmers: A vanishing breed (Cortez Journal)

The average age of farmers and ranchers in Montezuma County crept up to 59.5 years in 2012 from 57.6 in 2007, according to recently released agricultural census data. Dolores County saw a similar trend with its current average, 59.6 years of age. The state average hit 58.9 years in 2012, up from 57 years in 2007.


June 6, 2014--McElmo Flume secures funding for stabilization (Cortez Journal)

It has been a long road, and there is still a ways to go, but the first step toward bringing the remaining section of the McElmo Flume back to life has a green light. The last piece of the puzzle for the initial stabilization phase of the project fell into place this week said Linda Towle, chairwoman of the Cortez Historic Preservation board.


June 6, 2014--Hermosa watershed bill inching forward (Durango Herald)

It’s not exactly screaming through Congress, but the Hermosa Creek Watershed Protection Act is still alive and kicking, backers and aides to two key congressional leaders say.


June 5, 2014--Colorado water community expresses disappointment in Senate Bill 14-023 veto (Business Wire)

Governor Hickenlooper today vetoed Senate Bill 14-023 (SB 23), an important water conservation bill crafted over the course of a year in close partnership with diverse water interests, including the Governor’s own water policy experts.


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