In The News

October 21, 2014--On this day in 1940, the Mancos Project in Colorado approved (U.S. Bureau of Reclamation)

Settlement and irrigation of the Mancos Valley began about 1876. The natural flow of the Mancos River during the months of July, August, and September was very low, and the irrigation water supply for those months was inadequate. By 1893, when a state adjudication of water was made, late summer demands for irrigation water far exceeded the supply.


October 21, 2014--Upper Colorado River Basin precipitation report (Colorado Climate Center)

According to the Colorado Climate Center's most recent report, the majority of the Upper Colorado River Basin  had a well above average September for precipitation. The headwaters of the Green River saw widespread areas of above 300% of average precip for the month.


October 21, 2014--Phoenix officials launch effort against drought (Washington Times)

Phoenix officials are launching a new initiative to protect the city's water supplies against drought.


October 20, 2014--Article discusses nation's connection to water, pricing schemes, steps toward sustainable future (Water World)

In Los Angeles and Toledo and across the U.S., historic drought, water-quality threats heightened by warming waters and poorly maintained infrastructure are converging to draw public attention to the value of fresh, clean water to a degree not seen since Congress passed the Clean Water Act in 1972.


October 19, 2014--City’s smelly situation (Durango Herald)

Proposed sewer plant upgrades carry a price tag of $55 million, according to engineers hired to advise Durango City Council.In addition to the staggering estimate, the construction must be completed by December 2017 to meet state regulations for higher water quality.Currently, the plant is releasing more nitrogen and phosphorous into the Animas River than the new regulations allow.If the