Colorado

May 18, 2016--Trout Unlimited, MSI launch Animas River monitoring following Gold King spill (Pagosa Daily Post)

Trout Unlimited, Mountain Studies Institute and partners yesterday announced plans for a multi-year monitoring of the Animas River to gauge the overall health of the Animas River and whether the Gold King Mine spill in 2015 is impacting aquatic health in the world-class trout waters through Durango. “We’re lucky that our community’s Gold Medal trout fishery wasn&rsqu


May 17, 2016--EPA gives La Plata County a check for another $63,000 (Durango Herald)

In the ongoing quest that is pursuing reimbursement from the Environmental Protection Agency for Gold King Mine spill expenses, another $63,406 is coming to La Plata County. The funds are allocated to “direct expenses” related to the spill. “The good news is that we have $63,000 more than we had yesterday,” County Commissioner Julie Westendorff said.


May 17, 2016--What can the American Dipper tell us about the Animas River? (Durango Herald)

It was John Muir’s favorite bird. “He is the mountain streams’ own darling, the humming-bird of blooming waters, loving rocky ripple-slopes and sheets of foam as a bee loves flowers, as a lark loves sunshine and meadows,” he wrote in 1894. On and off for 30 years, Muir, regarded as America’s most influential naturalist, noted the American


Animas Watershed Partnership Spring Forum

06/02/2016 6:00 pm

The Animas Watershed Partnership (AWP) Spring Forum will continue the discussion of improving water quality in the Animas River with people in Colorado, the Southern Ute Tribe and New Mexico to keep the Animas healthy, productive and fun. The keynote presenters are Benjamin Nance and Dr.


May 14, 2016--Chances drying up for rafting the Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

Though early indications had some river enthusiasts hopeful the lower Dolores River would have enough water for rafting for the first time since 2011, all signs now point to another year of a lonely river. “We’re real close to the ‘It ain’t going to happen’ stage right now,” said Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy Distr


May 13, 2016--Colorado’s State Water Plan reflects changing attitudes towards western water management (National Law Review)

The completion of the state of Colorado’s Water Plan on November 19, 2015 reflects a growing trend in western water management away from conflict and towards collaborative discussion.


May 10, 2016--Silverton’s Gold King reckoning (High Country News)

On the morning of Aug. 5, 2015, a deep pool of acidic, metal-laden water was backed up behind debris in the Level 7 adit of the Gold King Mine on the slope of Bonita Peak, roughly 10 miles north of Silverton, Colorado.


May 8, 2016--Dolores water district unveils $8 million in upgrades (Cortez Journal)

There’s a reason farmers with the Dolores Project get on-demand, pressurized irrigation water delivered to the edge of their fields. Five automated, high-tech pumping stations do the heavy lifting of pulling water from canals and pushing it through pipes to farms.


May 7, 2016--“Prior appropriation is a doctrine of scarcity” — Greg Hobbs (Pueblo Chieftain)

If there was a message, it was: Water is everything and it starts here. Retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs held the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum captive for about an hour with a mix of photos that ranged from historic images to family photo albums and a collection of historic maps, which he once owned but has donated to the Supreme Court. His narrative wove a tale o


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