Colorado

July 3, 2016--Vail Daily column: Use it or lose it? (Vail Daily)

The “use it or lose it” feature of Colorado water law is often blamed for discouraging farmers and ranchers from taking efficiency and conservation measures that could benefit the environment or ease the supply and demand imbalance on the Colorado River.


July 1, 2016--Upper Animas River: A whitewater hidden gem (Durango Herald)

“I dare you to find a cooler trip,” Doug Ponce, a senior guide with Mountain Waters Rafting, challenged his customers before hitting the revered, if not notorious, rapids of the Upper Animas River. And he might be right. Just to reach the runnable stretch of the Upper Animas is an adventure, requiring those seeking a thrill to hop aboard the Durango & Silve


June 29, 2016--Forest Service restores wetlands in Falls Creek (Durango Herald)

The U.S. Forest Service has put the final touches on a project that effectively restores an almost 20-acre wetland in Falls Creek, adding a rich biodiverse area to the lush green valley northwest of Durango. “The life wetlands support are phenomenal,” said district ranger Matt Janowiak.


June 28, 2016--Colorado College focuses on Western water issues (Durango Herald)

An annual Colorado College project focusing on issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West is turning its spotlight on the governance of Western water, including the Animas River. On Monday morning, several student researchers and staff with the State of the Rockies Project took a flight from Durango to survey from above the Gladstone area and Gold King Mine, just north of Si


Animas River Monitoring and Results Presentation (Durango, CO)

07/07/2016 2:00 pm

Join the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment at the Powerhouse Science Center for Animas River monitoring and results information following the 2015 Gold King Mine mishap.

 


June 26, 2016--After years of drought and overuse, the San Luis Valley aquifer refills (High Country News)

The San Luis Valley in southern Colorado is an 8,000-square-mile expanse of farmland speckled with potato, alfalfa, barley and quinoa fields between the San Juan and Sangre de Cristo mountain ranges. Only about 7 inches of rain fall each year in the San Luis Valley. But while farmers and ranchers can’t depend on moisture above ground, they make up the difference beneath it.


June 23, 2016--New Mexico sues Colorado over Gold King Mine spill (Durango Herald)

New Mexico is suing the state of Colorado, saying its northern neighbor should be held responsible for the contamination from a massive mine waste spill last year as well as decades of toxic drainage from mines near the headwaters of a shared river. The New Mexico Attorney General’s Office and the state Environment Department announced late Wednesday that they fil


June 17, 2016--Drinking water in three Colorado cities contaminated with toxic chemicals above EPA limits (Denver Post)

Invisible toxic chemicals are contaminating drinking water for 80,000 people south of Colorado Springs, one of 63 areas nationwide where the chemicals, widely used to fight petroleum fires, have been measured at levels the EPA deems dangerous. These perfluorinated chemicals rank among the worst in an expanding multitude of unregulated contaminants that federal scientists are detecting in c


June 16, 2016--After dam release, river runs through the Lower Dolores (Durango Herald)

The opening of the lower Dolores River for the first time in five years was a joyous occasion for boaters who could swing the impromptu release.


June 15, 2016--Dolores River Festival rebounds; online sales help (Cortez Journal)

Nearly 2,000 music lovers met at Joe Rowell Park Saturday for the 13th annual Dolores River Festival after online ticket sales bumped up attendance. “We’re back up to our usual numbers,” said Scott Clow, president of Greater Dolores Action, the community organization that puts on the popular river celebration.


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