Colorado

May 10, 2016--Silverton’s Gold King reckoning (High Country News)

On the morning of Aug. 5, 2015, a deep pool of acidic, metal-laden water was backed up behind debris in the Level 7 adit of the Gold King Mine on the slope of Bonita Peak, roughly 10 miles north of Silverton, Colorado.


May 8, 2016--Dolores water district unveils $8 million in upgrades (Cortez Journal)

There’s a reason farmers with the Dolores Project get on-demand, pressurized irrigation water delivered to the edge of their fields. Five automated, high-tech pumping stations do the heavy lifting of pulling water from canals and pushing it through pipes to farms.


May 7, 2016--“Prior appropriation is a doctrine of scarcity” — Greg Hobbs (Pueblo Chieftain)

If there was a message, it was: Water is everything and it starts here. Retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs held the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum captive for about an hour with a mix of photos that ranged from historic images to family photo albums and a collection of historic maps, which he once owned but has donated to the Supreme Court. His narrative wove a tale o


May 6, 2016--Forum explores new potential use of Dolores River (Cortez Journal)

A documentary screening about the Dolores River was followed by a lively forum about the issue of low flows below McPhee Dam. “River of Sorrows” was commissioned by the Dolores River Boating Advocates to highlight the plight of the Lower Dolores River. The new film, which is for sale on the DRBA website for $10, had several showings April 30 at the Sunflower Th


May 5, 2016--Students learn not to take water for granted (Pine River Times)

Fifth graders from around the region had primo weather for the annual Kids' Water Festival Wednesday at Fort Lewis College.


May 4, 2016--Senators formally request criminal probe of Gold King Mine spill (Denver Post)

Two Republican senators on Tuesday formally requested a federal criminal probe of the Gold King Mine spill, saying enough evidence exists to suggest laws might have been broken in the August disaster. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a letter to U.S.


May 3, 2016--Colorado lawmakers block future federal water grabs (Summit Daily)

Colorado lawmakers unanimously made federal water grabs almost impossible. The Colorado Water Rights Protection Act passed both the Colorado House and Senate without a single dissenting vote.


April 29, 2016--Superfund management team lays out plans for 2016 (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials say by next month they intend to provide La Plata and San Juan counties a list of tasks it expects to complete in 2016 at the proposed Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. “Next month, we could provide a more comprehensive briefing on 2016 activities, where we will collect data and figure out what questions that data will ans


April 28, 2016--EPA: La Plata County won’t get full reimbursement for Gold King (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials told dismayed La Plata County commissioners on Wednesday not to expect compensation for some Gold King Mine spill costs. For seven months, county staff has sunk several hundred hours into drafting a cooperative agreement asking the EPA to fund up to $2.4 million over 10 years for spill-related costs and preparation measures for future emergencies.&


April 27, 2016--Cadmium, lead, copper levels in Animas headwaters exceed Colorado limits (Denver Post)

Animas River headwaters contamination exceeds state standards for cadmium, copper, lead and other toxic acid metals draining from inactive mines, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Sunnyside Gold Corp. revealed Tuesday. Until now, federal pronouncements after the EPA-triggered Aug.


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