Colorado

July 30, 2014--Smarter urban water: How dammed Denver turned to ridiculing waste (Guardian)

“A lot of suburban water planners plan for yesterday,” says Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water District. But in Denver the national baby boomer vogue for suburban “ranchettes” with water-sucking lawns so big that you need a tractor to mow them is giving way to a millennial preference for downtown living in condos and lofts.


July 29, 2014--The importance of the Colorado Water Plan (ColoradoPols.com)

Most politicians from the Western Slope run on a platform of “not one more drop.” That’s because 80% of Colorado’s water falls on the western slope, yet 87% of the population lives on the other side of the Continental Divide.


July 25, 2014--Hugged a river today? July 25 is Colorado River Day (Public News Service)

The river that supplies water to much of the West and recreation to outdoor lovers has its own holiday. Today is Colorado River Day, and people are celebrating the river and reminding others of its importance to the region. State Rep. Joe Salazar, D-Thornton, is one of at least 40 elected officials who have signed a pledge calling on Gov.


July 25, 2014--Oil and gas companies look to deep aquifers for water (KUNC)

Applications to the state to use deep aquifer water for hydraulic fracturing are surging in Colorado. Before 2011 there were no applications for oil and gas use. Since 2011 though, property owners have applied to use 35,600 acre-feet of aquifer water for oil and gas development, according to the Colorado Division of Water Resources.


July 24, 2014--Colorado official: Rio Grande use appropriate (The Pueblo Chieftain)

For more than four decades, Colorado has followed the letter of the law that dictates how flows on the Rio Grande are divvied up with downstream neighbors New Mexico and Texas. But a New Mexico environmental group concerned with the survival of an endangered fish says that is not enough.


July 19, 2014--About the Ogallala (Kansas Agland)

The Ogallala Aquifer - a nearly 174,000-square-mile underground cache of water that spreads across parts of Kansas, Texas, Oklahoma, Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico, South Dakota, Texas and Wyoming - is one of the largest freshwater aquifers in the world.


July 17, 2014--Colorado's river basin users discuss statewide water plan (KUNC)

For the first time, water users from Colorado’s nine river basins are meeting to discuss their individual basin wide water plans. The users are presenting their assessments in Rangley, Colorado. Their goal is to create a comprehensive statewide water plan.


July 17, 2014--Lower Dolores study details native fish needs (Dolores Star)

A conceptual plan for aiding native fish on the Lower Dolores River was approved by the Dolores Water Conservancy District in June. The District has been negotiating with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, the BLM, Forest Service, and conservation groups on ways to improve native fish habitat below McPhee Dam.


July 16, 2014--CWCB considers basin reports (Pueblo Chieftain)

Plans that detail the needs of water users in each of the state’s eight river basins and the Denver metro area will be studied today by the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The board, meeting in Rangely, will spend the entire day looking at the plans, beginning with the Arkansas River basin.


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