- About WIP
- Participating Entities
- Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District
- City of Durango Water Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Conservation District
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Empire Electric Association
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Archuleta Water District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
- U.S. Bureau of Reclamation
- Regional Water Projects
- Animas River Stakeholders
- Animas-La Plata Project
- Cloud Seeding Program
- Dolores Project (McPhee Reservoir)
- Dry Gulch Reservoir (Pending)
- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
- Rio Blanco Restoration Project
- River Protection Work Group
- UMETCO (Urivan) Water Rights
- Water Information
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Water, or the lack thereof, is one of the defining challenges of the 21st century. As temperatures rise and droughts become more frequent, the threat of dwindling water resources worries not just environmentalists and governments but companies and their investors, too. Nearly every industrial sector, from food and beverages to mining to pharmaceuticals, depends on water for its operations.
The drought might be drying up streams across Colorado, but it has unleashed a torrent of legislation at the state Capitol. Legislators are considering changes to Colorado water law that would take the first serious legal steps toward encouraging conservation instead of maximum use of water. But their ideas are controversial. "We need the ability to respond to the drought," said Sen.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack designated 30 Colorado counties as part of a primary natural disaster area due to a recent drought. This disaster incident period began Nov. 1, 2012 and is continuing.
January 26, 2013--Chinese firms and Gulf sheiks are snatching up farmland worldwide. Why? (Washington Post)
The world’s population is soaring past 7 billion. Food prices keep spiking every few years. Freshwater supplies in plenty of areas are dwindling.
The U.S. share of insurance losses from worldwide catastrophes more than doubled in 2012 as Superstorm Sandy lashed the Northeast and the nation suffered its worst drought since the 1930s. The U.S. accounted for about 90%, or $65 billion, of $72 billion in global losses, according to the Impact Forecasting unit of Aon, the London insurance broker.
After a devastating year for crops and wildfires in Colorado, 2013 so far has seen weak snowpack and little reason to be optimistic for critical snow and rain during the crucial period of March, April and early May. Without some relief, Colorado risks more wildfires, another crop disaster and a stalled state economy.
Plants can adapt to extreme shifts in water availability, such as drought and flooding, but their ability to withstand these extreme patterns will be tested by future climate change, according to a study by U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) scientists and their cooperators.
January 22, 2013--Obama pledges climate change action in inaugural address (Environmental News Network)
In an inaugural address founded on the U.S. Constitution, President Barack Obama today indicated that in his second term he will act to forestall climate change by developing sustainable energy sources.
All indications are that farmers will very likely have to cope with another hot and dry growing season in 2013. This prospect is especially troubling to irrigators in the South Platte River Basin where mountain snowpack is low and likely to remain that way -- and many reservoirs are still empty or near so. We all hope that the weathermen are wrong.
January 16, 2013--Report: Climate change already affects American people, economy (Boulder Daily Camera)
A new report warns that climate change driven by human activity already is affecting the American people and economy, with more frequent and intense heat waves, heavy downpours and, in some places, floods and droughts.