Fall 2009

Top Stories

SENATOR WHITEHEAD!

Bruce Whitehead, Executive Director of both the Southwestern Water Conservation District and the Animas-La Plata Water Conservancy District, was selected to be the newest Senator from Senate District 6 representing Southwest Colorado.

Water History

1872 Mining Law Revisited

Although hardrock minerals are valuable natural resources, the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 1872 that permits their removal from federal lands is antiquated and according to many needs revision.

Water Law

Irrigation Well Shutdowns in Nebraska

Nebraska Governor Heineman's administration has suggested irrigation shutdowns in a large section of the Republican River basin during dry years to help send Kansas the water it is owed under a three-state compact, according t

Telluride and Idarado Settle Legal Battle

Blue Lake is the centerpiece of a plan years in the making to secure a clean and ample source of water for Telluride residents. The Town had intended to tap the lake, pipe the water down the basin, and then disperse it among the community and down the valley.

Water Quality / Conservation

Mercury Found in One-Third of U.S. Women, All Fish

According to a new analysis of government data for more than 6,000 American women, the level of inorganic mercury is now found in the blood of one in three American women.

Study Finds Water Pollution Originates at Home

New research from the University of California, Davis, found that pesticides and fertilizers from homes are a major and overlooked source of water pollution. According to the study, previous estimates may have underestimated water pollution from homes by up to 50 percent.

People & Organizations

April Montgomery Appointed to the Colorado Water Conservation Board

April Montgomery, a Southwestern Water Conservation District Board member since 2002, has been named to the Colorado Water Conservation Board by Governor Ritter. The seat was vacated by Bruce Whitehead when he became Senator.

John Ey Receives Prestigious Award

John Ey, Superintendent of the Florida Water Conservancy District, was nominated and received the prestigious John Campanius Holm award from the National Weather Service (NWS) on September 17th.

Lake Durango Water Authority

The sale of Lake Durango Water Company to the Lake Durango Water Authority (LDWA) for $2.45 million closed July 15th. The utility is committed to serve 1,435 taps.

Lake Nighthorse Update

The Animal-La Plata Water Conservancy District is in the process of soliciting bids to develop a master plan for recreation at Lake Nighthorse.

Colorado Division of Water Resources New Services

The Colorado Division of Water Resources (CDWR) has a number of new services available.

U.S. Geological Survey New Service

The U.S. Geological Survey launched a new site in August designed to provide a common repository for the large amount of water quality and sampling data that has been collected over the years by government entities, water districts, and energy companies.

Current Events

More on Dust

Scientists from a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been able to establish an accurate record of how human activities have increased the amount of dust falling on high country snowpack.

Bad News, Good News Water Project Funding

The bad news is that Colorado lawmakers have turned to savings accounts for dams, canals, and pipelines to cope with a budget crisis that's entering its third year.

Trillions of Western Mussels

The picture at left depicts quagga mussels removed from the Mississippi River lock and dam number 7 (2001). This invasive species has inundated waterways east of the 100th meridian.

Miscellaneous Facts

Virtual Water

Virtual water involves the imbedded water-related costs behind any product. If you are interested in the water footprint of different products, visit www.waterfootprint.org.