In The News

July 29, 2016--Denver Water CEO calls for more flexibility in water management (Aspen Daily News)

Jim Lochhead, the CEO and manager of Denver Water, said Tuesday that building new dams in the Colorado River basin is not at the top of his to-do list. Nor, for that matter, is drying up farms to provide water for Colorado’s growing cities. But he says Colorado still needs to have hard conversations about how to flexibly manage its water.


July 28, 2016--Colorado River Lower Basin water users leaving nearly 500,000 acre feet in Lake Mead this year (InkStain)

Colorado River water use in Arizona, Nevada, and California this year is currently forecast at 7.006 million acre feet (source:pdf), well below the three states’ nominal legal entitlement of 7.5 mill


July 28, 2016--Forecasts complicated Dolores boating season, officials say (Cortez Journal)

A sporadic 12-day boating release from McPhee dam into the Dolores River in June was hampered by uncertain runoff forecasts after a late-season snowfall, reservoir managers said at community meeting Tuesday in Dolores. Boaters faced on-again, off-again announcements of whitewater releases from the dam, which complicated their plans for trips down the river.


July 27, 2016--The Colorado River’s unexpected carbon footprint (High Country News)

When water rushed over the dry riverbed of the Colorado River Delta for the first time in two decades, thousands of bubbles popped up in the sand. Alongside the bank, a group of scientists stood in awe, theorizing that oxygen and nitrogentrapped in the sediment were the cause.


July 26, 2016--Wildlife officials to poison invasive fish in East Fork of Hermosa Creek (Durango Herald)

Next week, Colorado Parks and Wildlife officials will be treating a two-mile section of the East Fork of Hermosa Creek as part of ongoing efforts to eliminate invasive fish species and restore native Colorado River cutthroat trout to the watershed. The section, which stretches from below Sig Creek Falls to just above the confluence on the main stem, will be treated with an organic p