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September 12, 2014--Conservation, urban interests clash at water board meeting (Post Independent)

The importance of green lawns to maintain quality of life and urban home values was heard alongside that of maintaining river flows for the Western Slope’s recreation-based economy in comments to the Colorado Water Conservation Board Thursday.

September 11, 2014--State water plan must include recreation economy (Post Independent)

The Colorado State Water Plan isn’t final yet, but it’s kicking up a lot of resistance here on the Western Slope. And for good reason. The plan, still in its draft stage, could spell trouble for the vibrant recreation economy of many Western Slope communities. Much of the plan continues to rely on outdated and, frankly, extravagant uses of water in our arid state.

September 11, 2014--Coloradans want Congress to eye conservation (Colorado Springs Independent)

The Wilderness Society notes a new poll of 11 Western states that "shows strong support for taking action on legislation that would reinvest a portion of rents and royalties from renewable energy development on public lands to conservation activities." That legislation is the Public Lands Renewable Energy Development Act (H.R. 596/S.

September 11, 2014--Letter of intent moves Dry Gulch talks forward (Pagosa Springs Sun)

The San Juan Water Conservancy District (SJWCD) held a special meeting on Sept. 8 for the consideration and discussion of a Letter of Intent to structure future discussions with Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) and the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) regarding the proposed Dry Gulch Reservoir.

September 10, 2014--Carbon dioxide concentration surges: Record greenhouse gas levels impact atmosphere and oceans, WMO report finds (Science Daily)

The amount of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere reached a new record high in 2013, propelled by a surge in levels of carbon dioxide. This is according to the World Meteorological Organization's annual Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, which injected even greater urgency into the need for concerted international action against accelerating and potentially devastating climate change.