February 11, 2014--Farmers told to prep for shortage (Pueblo Chieftain)

It's no secret to farmers that the Arkansas Valley usually is short of water. But future consequences of the shortfall are illustrated by actions that already have occurred in the South Platte River and Rio Grande basins. The coming crisis was discussed last week at the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium, which attracted about 200 participants.

February 11, 2014--Ranching, water issues take center stage (Cortez Journal)

Local politicians and public lands officials covered a variety of issues, rules, and new laws during the Southwest Colorado Livestock Association annual meeting at the Cortez Elks Club Saturday morning.

February 9, 2014--Groundwater bill dies in committee (Greeley Tribune)

A bill that was expected to draw plenty of attention from water users and officials across northeast Colorado did just that, but on Friday, it was ultimately killed.

February 9, 2014--Mancos without potable water; school closes; bottled water needed (Mancos Times)

Mancos residents were left without water after pumps failed Saturday morning at the water treatment facility. Residents within the town limits may be without water for the next 48 to 72 hours as crews work to restore it, said Andrea Phillips town administrator. Rural Mancos water users are unaffected.

February 8, 2014--Schwartz sponsors bill to challenge water plan (Aspen Times)

State Sen. Gail Schwartz is co-sponsoring a bill that requires the Colorado legislature to approve a statewide water plan now under development by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and nine regional water groups. Senate Bill 14-115 would trump an executive order issued by Colorado Gov.

February 7, 2014--Colorado records above-normal snowpack for second consecutive month (Summit Daily)

A significant storm across Colorado during the last week of January was enough to boost the snowpack numbers for the month to above average. The Natural Resources Conservation Service of Colorado, a division of the U.S.

February 7, 2014--Ellen Roberts’ bill to limit lawn size gains traction (Durango Herald)

An idea crafted in Durango to save water by limiting the size of suburban lawns survived its first test Thursday. The bill, dreamed up by local water engineer Steve Harris, has grabbed the attention of homebuilders, local governments, water suppliers and farm advocates.

February 6, 2014--Colorado augmentation project begins pumping (Imperial Republican)

With the go-ahead from Kansas, Colorado began pumping water from their northeast Colorado augmentation project. The Compact Compliance Pipeline (CCP) started delivering water to the North Fork of the Republican River on Friday, Jan. 17, according to Deb Daniel, manager of the Republican River Water Conservation District (RRWCD) in Wray, Colo.

February 6, 2014--Tipton: Red tape impedes water storage (Valley Courier)

In a House Natural Resources Water and Power Subcommittee hearing, Congressman Scott Tipton (RCO ) stressed that federal red tape is blocking needed water storage projects, impeding prudent supply management, and jeopardizing agriculture production, environmental protection and flood control. "The importance of prudent water su

February 5, 2014--Grass-roots water plan (Pueblo Chieftain)

Some Colorado lawmakers want the final say on how the state uses its limited water resources. Senate Bill 115 has been introduced and elected officials from both political parties have signed up as sponsors. The measure, if approved, would give the Colorado Legislature the authority to adopt a state water plan.

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