February 20, 2014--Town to develop water efficiency plan (Telluride Daily Planet)

Telluride may sit at the top of a watershed, but as the last two summers have proven, that does not make it immune to drought. Now, in an effort to establish efficiency measures, gain a comprehensive understanding of its water supply and meet a requirement set out in a 2012 water settlement agreement, the town is setting out to develop a water efficiency plan.

February 19, 2014--Colorado Water Plan draft calls for maintaining current ag output (Greeley Tribune)

More irrigated farmland will no doubt go out of production, but the economic impact of agriculture in Colorado must maintain its current levels in the future. That was put in writing by the Interbasin Compact Committee on Tuesday, as the group continued piecing together the language that could make up the official Colorado Water Plan.  T.

February 18, 2014--Uncertainty a big hurdle in Colorado climate planning (Kitsap Sun)

There has been no subtlety to Colorado’s struggle with extreme weather in a changing climate the past 2 years. Wildfires, drought and floods along the state’s Front Range urban corridor from Colorado Springs north to Fort Collins brought images of scorched homes, washed out highways and submerged oil fields to TV screens worldwide.

February 17, 2014--Delayed but not derailed (Durango Herald)

A turning point in the three-decade battle over Wolf Creek Pass is expected next month, when the U.S. Forest Service will declare its preference on a land exchange with a Texas developer who wants to build a resort village. B.J. “Red” McCombs has been trying since 1986 to build the Village at Wolf Creek at the base of Wolf Creek Ski Area.

February 16, 2014--Uncontrolled growth (Pueblo Chieftain)

WHAT IF Colorado’s water resources are sucked dry? It’s a question worth asking in light of frightening estimates that the state population could double over the next 30-35 years. Growth is something many states clamor after because services can expand and additional amenities can be provided as the number of taxpayers rise.

February 15, 2014--Poll: Coloradans oppose diverting water to big cities (GJ Daily Sentinel)

More than three-quarters of Colorado voters say they oppose diversions of water to heavily populated areas of the state, according to a survey conducted by Colorado College.

February 14, 2014--Drought earns Archuleta County disaster status (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) designated Archuleta County, along with fifteen other counties spanning the Colorado and New Mexico border, as contiguous disaster counties on Feb. 5. The USDA’s declaration came in response to losses suffered by farmers and ranchers in the area due to recent drought conditions.

February 14, 2014--San Juan forest names new forest supervisor (Pagosa Daily Post)

Kara Chadwick, Assistant Director for Forest Management for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington, D.C., will report to the San Juan National Forest as its new Forest Supervisor in April, 2014. Chadwick began her U.S. Forest Service career in 1985 working on fire and timber crews in Montana and Idaho for the Kootenai National Forest.

February 13, 2014--Water wars at the Colorado legislature: Bill ignites passions (Denver Post)

Three Republican lawmakers walked out of an ag committee hearing Wednesday morning in protest over the handling of a water bill scheduled to be heard Thursday after

February 13, 2014--Colorado Water Bank Project: Farmers & ranchers invited to discuss (CFWE)

The Colorado River Water Conservation District invites farmers, ranchers, and others interested in agricultural water use to a Colorado River Water Bank Ag Forum on Tuesday, March 4th. The forum will be an opportunity for irrigators to learn about the water bank concept, ask questions, and share their thoughts.

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