July 16, 2016--Why water management in the Upper Colorado River Basin is so different from the Lower (InkStain)

In the Lower Colorado River Basin water management is a fundamentally distributive task. Water is released from Lake Mead in bulk and then distributed outward at a relatively small number of diversion points, tightly measured and well understood.

July 15, 2016--House measure 
would protect 
rights to water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A measure by U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., that would protect state-issued water rights against federal taking is included in an appropriations measure now headed to the Senate. Passage of the Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations Act of 2017, H.R.

July 11, 2016--Fishermen get good news about Animas River after mine spill (CBS News)

Wildlife officials shared some good news, saying their testing shows the fish survived with no evidence of die-offs. But the problems are far from over. “Hopefully it brought some awareness to that, and hopefully they start to clean some of that stuff up so that it will still hold fish for a long time,” fisherman Max Westheimer said.

July 10, 2016--Gold King Mine spill-related legislation inches forward (Durango Herald)

In the last year, Sens. Michael Bennet, D-Colo., and Cory Gardner, R-Colo., as well as Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Cortez, and Rep.

July 8, 2016--Pollution control systems added to Rico Argentine mine (Cortez Journal)

After last year’s Gold King Mine blowout near Silverton, which dumped 3 million gallons of heavy metals into the Animas River, eyes turned to the Rico Argentine mine. The long-closed site is on about 80 acres just north of Rico. Its leaking St.

July 8, 2016--Hickenlooper backs $380 million Denver Water project to divert Colorado River water (Denver Water)

Colorado leaders on Wednesday formally backed Denver Water’s $380 million project to nearly triple the capacity of a Front Range reservoir and divert more water from the Colorado River Basin. Denver Water’s Moffat expansion project, 13 years in the making, “aligns with the key elements of Colorado’s Water Plan,” Gov.

July 7, 2016--Colorado funding cuts make reservoirs more vulnerable to invasive species (Summit Daily)

While state funding has started drying up, a noted disturbance remains quite fluid. Two problematic varieties of freshwater shellfish — the zebra and quagga mussel — are always of concern at area water bodies where they are an aquatic nuisance species, or ANS.

July 6, 2016--RRCC offers degree in water quality management (Lakewood Sentinel)

This fall, Red Rocks Community College makes Colorado history by offering a bachelor of applied science degree in water quality management technology. Red Rocks is the first community college in the state to offer a BAS degree, the result oftwo years of work by college faculty. “The accreditation to offer a BAS will expand the learning opportunities for the students,” said

July 4, 2016--Agriculture community also affected by oil and gas slowdown (Greeley Tribune)

When the South Platte River flows high, Chuck Sylvester doesn’t get nervous. He grew up on the river. His family’s farm has been in LaSalle for 150 years. High water, low water — he’s seen it all more times than he can count. But he’s only seen the water rise higher than the doorknob of his garage once.

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.

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