Colorado

October 29, 2014--First kokanee spawning at Nighthorse (Durango Herald)

From a platform tethered 100 feet offshore, members of a Colorado Parks and Wildlife team spawned kokanee salmon in Lake Nighthorse for the first time. Members of this first graduating class of kokanee were stocked as fingerlings in 2010. Stocking 75,000 kokanee each year since means spawning will occur annually.


October 29, 2014--Durango wastewater-plant repair deadline extends (Durango Herald)

The Durango wastewater-treatment plant will not have to make millions of dollars worth of improvements by 2017 to meet new clean water guidelines, after negotiations with the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.


October 27, 2014--Water official: Address Western Slope concerns (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope water official wants to make sure that even if a draft state water plan doesn’t solve conflicts over Colorado River basin issues, it at least fully acknowledges their existence. Dan Birch, deputy general manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District, made the request in an Oct. 10 letter to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.


October 23, 2014--Archaeologists to discuss water on PBS (Cortez Journal)

It’s no secret that the population of the American West uses a lot of water and goes to great lengths to get it where it’s most needed. The supply is finite, and the demand keeps growing. The story isn’t a new one.


October 21, 2014--On this day in 1940, the Mancos Project in Colorado approved (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Settlement and irrigation of the Mancos Valley began about 1876. The natural flow of the Mancos River during the months of July, August, and September was very low, and the irrigation water supply for those months was inadequate. By 1893, when a state adjudication of water was made, late summer demands for irrigation water far exceeded the supply.


October 19, 2014--City’s smelly situation (Durango Herald)

Proposed sewer plant upgrades carry a price tag of $55 million, according to engineers hired to advise Durango City Council.In addition to the staggering estimate, the construction must be completed by December 2017 to meet state regulations for higher water quality.Currently, the plant is releasing more nitrogen and phosphorous into the Animas River than the new regulations allow.If the


October 17, 2014--San Juan River Basin: Dry Gulch Project update (Coyote Gulch)

In the regularly scheduled meeting of the San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) on Oct.14, board chairman Rod Proffitt discussed the progress and tour of the Dry Gulch Water Storage Facility (Dry Gulch Project), concerns of the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) and the appraisal value of the Running Iron Ranch. In a letter of intent dated Sept.


October 17, 2014--Drilling approved for geothermal project (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The Pagosa Area Geothermal Water and Power Authority met early yesterday morning, and while the meeting itself lasted less than 10 minutes, the decision made marked a monumental milestone for a project decades in the making.


October 16, 2014--Desert drought dust ups avalanche danger in Colorado backcountry (Colorado Independent)

We all know what a blanket of fresh snow is supposed to look like — it’s the stuff of poetry. And for skiers and snowboarders, it’s the magic carpet that carries us beyond the edge of gravity, free-falling down mountainsides immersed in a spray of frozen crystals.


October 14, 2014--Small hydro on irrigation canals in Colorado (Mountain News)

In 1909, President William Howard Taft arrived in Montrose on a train to dedicate one of the federal government’s first reclamation projects. With aid of federal funds, a 5.8-mile tunnel was bored from the Black Canyon of the Gunnison River to divert water onto the fertile fields of the Uncompahgre Valley.


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