In The News

March 29, 2016--Difficulties arise in efforts to save water for Powell (Post Independent)

A recent Bureau of Reclamation report projects that Western river basins, including the Colorado Basin, are likely to experience a 7-27 percent decline in spring streamflows during this century. The bureau’s 2016 SECURE Water Act Report to Congress, which can be found at 


March 28, 2016--Reclamation releases Draft Environmental Assessment for Lake Nighthorse recreation plan (U.S. BOR)

The Bureau of Reclamation has released a draft environmental assessment for the Lake Nighthorse Recreation Plan. 


March 27, 2016--EPA appoints Gold King Mine Superfund manager (Durango Herald)

Water sampling and community coordination will be the first items of business for Rebecca Thomas, the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly appointed remedial project manager for the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. Thomas has done remedial work on Superfund sites in Libby, Montana, which endured asbestos contamination, and the California Gulch and Kennecott Copper Mine


March 26, 2016--Hickenlooper: 'Time is now' to move on West's leaking mines (Denver Post)

Over a recent Sunday breakfast, Gov. John Hickenlooper, fellow Western governors and chiefs of key federal agencies put their heads together on the problem of leaking inactive mines. It has stymied Western leaders for decades. But during that Feb.


March 25, 2016--Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park owner ordered to shut down sewage pond (Durango Herald)

After more than a decade in violation of the Clean Water Act, state officials have ordered Lightner Creek Mobile Home Park to shut down its sewage lagoon, which is seeping a mixture of feces, urine and bath water into its namesake creek. “They have been a longtime problem for the division,” said Mike Harris, a manager for the Colorado Department of Public Heath and Environment&