Colorado

August 14, 2014--Oil and gas compromise puts final nail in coffin for public trust initiatives (Telluride Watch)

The last of 2014′s trio of Public Trust Doctrine initiatives died last week along with three other ballot initiatives that were pulled as a result of a compromise announced by Gov. Hickenlooper and Boulder Congressman Jared Polis.


August 14, 2014--McPhee water available for hemp (Dolores Star)

The disconnect between Colorado legalizing marijuana and U.S. drug laws forbidding it continues to widen, including for irrigation uses from federally built reservoirs. A recent policy from the U.S.


August 13, 2014--Colorado's Water Plan (KRCC)

It’s been over a year since Governor Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the creation of a state water plan.  It won’t be a legal document, but the plan is expected to make recommendations that will guide future water planning and funding decisions.  The process is well underway, with a deadline to deliver a draft plan by this December.


August 13, 2014--Western Slope water users want conservation from rest of state (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Efforts to forge a state water plan to bridge the anticipated gap between supply and demand should focus on enhanced conservation efforts on the Front Range and shun any new transmountain diversions, according to a group of primarily Western Slope residents. In a meeting this week with


August 11, 2014--Yucca House National Monument access gets challenged by landowner (Denver Post)

Yucca House National Monument in far southwest Colorado is one of the smallest National Park Service units in the country in terms of visitor numbers. It hosts a number of ancient water reserviors. It also involves one of the more unusual journeys to get there.

August 8, 2014--Geothermal in Pagosa Springs (Mountain Town News)

Nobody doubts that the Colorado town of Pagosa Springs has hot water. It bubbles to the surface at around 140 degrees and in quantities sufficient to sustain a large commercial spa and several more public pools along the San Juan River.


August 7, 2014--CIRES report: Climate change in Colorado a synthesis to support water resources management and adaptation (Coyote Gulch)

In the past 30 years, Colorado’s climate has become substantially warmer. The recent warming trend in Colorado is in step with regional and global warming that has been linked to increasing atmospheric concentrations of greenhouse gases. Annual precipitation, which has high natural variability, has not seen a statewide trend over that period.


August 7, 2014--The ‘whoa’ in the state’s water woes (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed Senate Bill 23 — a bill designed to encourage water conservation on the Western Slope — because he thought it created a “polarizing” atmosphere at a time when the Legislature was attempting to build consensus around a state water plan. There were other factors.


August 6, 2014--The uphill journey of the greenback cutthroat trout (WestWord)

State and federal biologists have been trying to protect the greenback cutthroat trout ever since it was included on the first-ever Endangered Species Act list in 1973. But in 2007, a University of Colorado study cast doubt on whether the fish they'd been saving were actually greenbacks at all.


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