Colorado

July 14, 2014--Deer declining across Colorado and West (Denver Post)

Bouncy, big-eared icons of the American West, deer are declining rapidly across Colorado and other states — forcing difficult decisions. The causes vary from energy development to hard winters and aren't always clear. But dwindling numbers already have driven cutbacks on deer hunting, reducing potential funds for land conservation.


July 12, 2014--West-Slope Colorado towns restore local flows, even as thirsty front-range lawns drink from their rivers (National Geographic)

When residents in Denver, Colorado Springs and other cities on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains turn on their sprinklers to irrigate lawns, they rarely think about the fate of fish in the headwaters of the Colorado River on the other side of the Continental Divide.


July 10, 2014--Western Slope counties look to protect water resources (Summit Daily)

“No more water across the Divide” is the rallying cry of the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan. The second draft of the plan was released July 1, and over and over it calls for a stop to diversions of water from the Colorado River Basin under the Continental Divide.


July 9, 2014--Water plan would weigh new diversion projects (Post Independent)

Though Colorado River Basin water users strongly urge against any new trans-mountain diversions to the East Slope as part of a draft plan for the basin released last week, a key part of the process to create a state water plan recognizes a need to eventually have that discussion.


July 5, 2014--Norwood makes large strides in water (Telluride Daily Planet)

The Town of Norwood continues to make headway in water quality and availability. This past February, Norwood completed a major upgrade to the water treatment plant. “We just completed a big project that we did last year. We’ve added a filter to the water treatment plant to help with water quality.


July 4, 2014--Web page urges Lake Nighthorse protest (Durango Herald)

A Facebook page is promoting a protest at Lake Nighthorse Saturday, but it’s unclear who is behind the page and if people will show up. The page said the goal of “Occupy Nighthorse” is to have Lake Nighthorse open to recreational use by residents.


July 3, 2014--Durango water rights in danger (Durango Herald)

State officials alerted the Durango City Council on Tuesday of two ballot initiatives that could impact the city’s water rights.


July 3, 2014--Drought disaster for S.W. Colorado (Durango Herald)

Severe drought conditions spurred the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue disaster designations for 10 counties throughout Southwest Colorado and San Luis Valley, including La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. The designations mean that local farmers and ranchers will be eligible for financial assistance from the Farm Service Agency.


Annual Children’s Water Festival

The 19th Annual Children’s Water Festival was successfully conducted on May 7, 2014 at Fort Lewis College. This was the largest festival to-date, with more than 900 fifth graders attending from 44 classes in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin. Classes came from Aztec, Bayfield, Cortez, Dolores, Dove Creek, Ignacio, Mancos, Pagosa Springs, and Silverton. More than 100 volunteers, in the form of student guides as well as presenters, made the festival possible. Most of the presenters represented area natural resources and water-related agencies. Thank you volunteers and the Southwestern Water Conservation District--the annual sponsor of the festival for an educational, fun, and successful day and event!


Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop

Complete with a pair of bald eagles closely flying overhead, the 3rd Annual Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop was successfully conducted June 26th and 27th in the Cortez/Dolores area. The workshop was partially funded with a grant from the SWCD. The Water Information Program cosponsored the event with Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association. The workshop was well received by all participants, as one comment illustrates: “I have been to a lot of workshops, so I am really particular about the ones I choose to attend. Forests-to-Faucets was excellent. Well done.” The goal of the two day intensive, in-the-field workshop is to provide tools and resources for teachers to help them educate their students about various water issues and topics. The workshop qualified for one continuing education credit for educators from Adams State University, as well as 11 contact hours. Thank you everyone who participated and helped!


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