June 5, 2014--Colorado snow pack is nearly double its normal amount, feds say (Denver Post)

Colorado's wet spring and winter are paying big dividends for the state's snow pack and reservoirs in northern parts of the state, but southern areas are still below normal, federal officials said Thursday. The statewide snow pack is almost double that of normal conditions for this time of year — and more than triple in the South Platte basin.

June 5, 2014--Governor signs geothermal bill in Pagosa (Pagosa Springs Sun)

Gov. John Hickenlooper traveled to Pagosa Springs last Friday, May 30, to sign a bill designed to boost geothermal energy use in Colorado. House Bill 14-1222, sponsored by Rep.

June 5, 2014--Snowpack in Southwest Colorado all but gone (Durango Herald)

The snowpack in the watershed emptied by the Animas, San Juan, Dolores and San Miguel rivers is fading fast, the last report of the year by the Natural Resources Conservation Service shows. The only basin with less snowpack than the four-river watershed as of June 1 was the Upper Rio Grande.

June 5, 2014--Water bill dead as Hickenlooper vetoes second Democratic bill in two days (Fox News)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed his second Democratic bill in two days, a measure that would have incentivized water conservation on the Western Slope, FOX31 Denver was first to report.

June 4, 2014--Droughts may bring benefits to Colorado (Durango Herald)

Growing demand from dairies and the droughts in California and Texas may spur demand for local alfalfa. “I think we are looking at, if not a stable, a rising market for alfalfa,” said Terry Frankhauser, executive vice president of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association.

June 2, 2014--Whitewater Park makes waves (Durango Herald)

The Whitewater Park in-stream construction that began Nov. 2, 2013, is finished and open for river. The features include eddies, flow deflectors, and four bank-to-bank drop features that create large rapids, said Scott Shipley, Olympic paddler and designer of Durango’s Whitewater Park.

June 2, 2014--Raging Animas River keeps first-responders busy (Durango Herald)

While considerably less than the record high of 8,120 cubic feet per second of 1920, the Animas River measured at 4,910 cfs Sunday morning, enough to keep some professional guides searching for smoother sailing.

June 1, 2014--Conservation, efficiency key to water plan (Soapbox)

This year’s epic snow will continue to provide benefits long after the ski lifts shut down for summer. Healthy rivers are essential to Colorado’s multibillion-dollar agriculture, recreation, tourism and business economies, not to mention the Colorado River’s impact on the 36 million people who rely on it for drinking water.

June 1, 2014--Bureau building consensus around lake (Durango Herald)

The Bureau of Reclamation would like to provide an update to the community regarding recreation at Lake Nighthorse as part of the Animas-La Plata Project. Currently, we are working with all Animas-La Plata Project partners and stakeholders to reach consensus regarding development and management of recreation at Lake Nighthorse.

June 1, 2014--Governor signs bill aimed at streamlining hydro development (Montrose Daily Press)

Gov. John Hickenlooper on Saturday signed into law a bill designed to streamline development of new small hydropower in the state. House Bill 1030 was sponsored by Montrose’s representation in the Legislature: Rep. Don Coram, R-Montrose and Sen. Ellen Roberts, R-Durango, in addition to Sen. Gail Schwartz, D-Snowmass and Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs.

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