In The News

July 3, 2014--Durango water rights in danger (Durango Herald)

State officials alerted the Durango City Council on Tuesday of two ballot initiatives that could impact the city’s water rights.

July 3, 2014--Drought disaster for S.W. Colorado (Durango Herald)

Severe drought conditions spurred the U.S. Department of Agriculture to issue disaster designations for 10 counties throughout Southwest Colorado and San Luis Valley, including La Plata, Montezuma and San Juan counties. The designations mean that local farmers and ranchers will be eligible for financial assistance from the Farm Service Agency.

July 2, 2014--Talks aim toward consensus (BC Democrat)

Farmers participating on a water panel during the joint summer meeting of the Colorado Cattlemen’s Association and the Colorado Livestock Association said efforts at building consensus seem to be bearing fruit. “Environmental groups are starting to recognize what agriculture does for society,” said Carlyle Currier, of Molina.

July 2, 2014--Water plan efforts leading to draft (Fort Morgan Times)

Efforts to develop the first statewide water plan have just wrapped up the first year of work, with the December 2014 deadline for a draft to the governor looming. The Colorado Water Plan draws upon a decade of work by the state's eight basin roundtables, the Interbasin Compact Committee and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB).

July 1, 2014--Initiatives 75 & 89 granted signature collection (Colorado Water Congress)

Initiative 89 (Local Government Regulation of Environment) was cleared today for signature collection. The Denver Post reports that 100 petition gatherers are busy collecting signatures prior to the August 4 deadline.