Colorado

March 1, 2016--Story of the Dolores: American whitewater’s work to restore flows to the River of Sorrows (Canoe & Kayak)

Since the late 1980s, when McPhee Dam started diverting the water out of the Dolores River in Colorado, it’s been a long haul to protect and restore this paddling gem of the Southwest.


February 29, 2016--Superfund cleanup sought for Gold King, other mines (Denver Post)

Silverton and San Juan County officials seeking a Superfund cleanup at the Gold King and 45 other leaking inactive mines are trusting EPA promises that they'll get priority. They say they've negotiated for months with the Environmental Protection Agency and feel the EPA role causing the Gold King disaster means local needs will be met. Gov.


February 28, 2016--Colorado water officials discuss statewide tap fee (Aspen Daily News)

State water officials at the Colorado Water Conservation Board are looking for $100 million a year from a new and reliable source of public funding to help build water projects and programs in Colorado over the next 30 years. “A dedicated statewide funding source of some kind, outside of existing funding, is probably going to be needed in order to make some of this reality,” Ti


February 27, 2016--New Mexico, Navajo Nation prepare for spring run-off carrying heavy metals (NMED News)

While temperatures warm and the high altitude snowpack in Colorado’s Southern Rockies & San Juan Mountains begins to melt, Animas/San Juan watershed communities are getting ready for the re-disturbance of toxic heavy metals in their primary water source. The U.S.

February 26, 2016--Settlement reached over rights to Animas River water (Durango Herald)

A settlement over diversion and storage rights to Animas River water was rubber-stamped this week, ending more than two years of negotiations and laying the groundwork for regional entities to develop water projects. The decree, signed by Chief District Judge Gregory Lyman, effectively divides a large water right between the Animas-La Plata Project and the Southwestern Water Co


February 25, 2016--Headwater forest health important to water plan: Committee (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado’s water plan overlooks an important element: forest health, especially in the headwaters areas, a Club 20 committee said Thursday. A supplement to the next phase in the water plan should discuss wildfires and their effects on water quality and forest health, the committee said during winter meetings in Grand Junction. The committee recommended the full board consider th


February 24, 2016--Future of Animas River Stakeholders Group uncertain (Durango Herald)

After more than 20 years leading the cleanup of mine waste in the Animas River basin, the future is a bit of a mystery for the Animas River Stakeholders Group now that a Superfund listing is officially in the works. “I think it’s really just up in the air,” said Peter Butler, a coordinator with the group. “We don’t know at this point.


February 23, 2016--After years of opposition, Silverton oks Superfund plan (Colorado Public Radio)

Silverton and San Juan County leaders voted unanimously to pursue Superfund status on Monday to clean up the Gold King and other inactive mines in the area. The plan includes 46 mines and two settling areas. “I think history has been made.


February 19, 2016--Silverton, EPA to consider 46 mining sites in potential Superfund cleanup (Denver Post)

ilverton leaders have agreed with the Environmental Protection Agency to consider 46 abandoned mines and mine-production sites that dot its surroundings for a potential Superfund cleanup, documents released Friday show. The locations are in three basins that drain into the Animas River and have long been blamed for contaminating the waterway with heavy metal runoff.


February 18, 2016--Young farmers in La Plata County face expensive, dry future (Durango Herald)

For a farmer in La Plata County, the future looks parched and costly. Working the land has never been easy or necessarily profitable, but a recent study illustrates how water scarcity and land prices make farming in Southwest Colorado unattractive to the next generation. National Young Farmers Coalition, a network promoting sustainable farming and ranching practices with two Co


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