In The News

August 5, 2014--To protect hydropower, utilities will pay Colorado River water users to conserve (High Country News)

Here’s a sure sign that your region’s in drought: you stop paying your utility for the privilege of using water, and the utility starts paying you not to use water instead. Outlandish as it sounds, that’s what four major Western utilities and the federal government are planning to do next year through the $11 million Colorado River Conservation Partnership.


August 5, 2014--It’s not just Ohio—poisonous algae blooms now plague 20 US states (ABC 6)

The source of northern Ohio’s water the scarcity comes from further north: the green slick covering Lake Erie. It may look no more pernicious than a wheat-grass smoothie, but this bloom of green-blue algae, or cyanobacteria, is toxic enough that it can damage humans livers and other organs (pdf, p.9) and sometimes kill pets.


August 4, 2014--Fracking without fresh water (High Country News)

In 1913, a Toronto lawyer named David Fasken bought 220,000 acres of ranchland in west Texas, sight unseen. He intended to subdivide the land, on the arid Llano Estacado, into farm plots. But he abandoned that idea once he saw how little water there was.


August 4, 2014--The west's drought goes underground (Bloomberg View)

Seven Western states have just received an overdraft notice from nature's water bank, written in red ink, all caps. It turns out that three-fourths of the H2O they've been using during the American West's record drought (14 years and counting) has been drawn from their precious savings account: not the Colorado River itself but aquifers below ground.


August 4, 2014--Company offers creative option for conserving water (KJCT 8)

Water conservation concerns are constantly a hot topic on the Western Slope, but one Grand Valley company is offering a way to have a green lawn that can survive without wasteful watering.