Summer 2010

People & Organizations

Barry Passes

Hamlet "Chips" BarryThe chief executive officer of Denver Water for 19 years, Hamlet ‘Chips’ Barry (66) passed away May 2nd. Barry was found under a tractor on his Hawaiian farm, less than a month after his retirement.

Brinton Retires

Scott BrintonAfter more than 30 years of public service, Scott Brinton, Assistant Division 7 Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources retired in May.

Brod New Power Authority ED

Mike BrodMike Brod was appointed executive director by of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority on February 1, 2010. Prior to his appointment as executive director, Mike was the Authority’s finance director for the last 15 years.

Crane National River Hero

Jeff CraneJeff Crane, executive director of the Colorado Watershed Assembly, was named a “National River Hero” at the recent National River Rally, hosted by the River Network.

Dominy Departs at 100

Floyd DominyCommissioner for the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation from 1959 to 1969, Floyd Dominy, died at the age of 100 on April 20th. Under his leadership the Colorado River was dammed at Glen Canyon to create Lake Powell.

Howard New ALP Manager

Russ HowardRuss Howard is the new General Manager for the Animas-La Plata Project. He and his wife came to Durango from Phoenix, Arizona where he worked for the Central Arizona Project (CAP) for 26 years.

King New Head of Department of Natural Resources

In May the Ritter administration tapped Department of Natural Resources Deputy Director Mike King to take over for DNR Executive Director Jim Martin, who was picked by the Obama administration in April to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Denver-based Region 8 office.

Law Retires

Dan Law, executive director of the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority, retired at the end of January. The Authority finances municipal water and wastewater infrastructure for governmental agencies around Colorado. Dan worked for the

La Plata-Archuleta Water District Tax Passed

The La Plata-Archuleta Water District soon will have money flowing into its coffers, even though it will be years before the first water flows through a pipe to southeastern La Plata and western Archuleta counties. Voters approved Issue A by a 734-616 vote May 3rd in a mail-in election.

Whitehead Appointed Chair of Agriculture Committee

Senate Majority Leader John Morse (D-Colorado Springs), appointed Sen. Bruce Whitehead (D-Hesperus) to chair of the Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee. Sen. Whitehead will take over the chairmanship for Sen.

PAWSD Water Supply Community Workgroup

The Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) is coordinating a community work group of self-selected representatives of stakeholders from a broad spectrum of the community to decide the future of water storage for the community. It is hoped that a series of recommendations will be made by this work group to the PAWSD Board this fall.

Current Events

Boat Inspections Now Mandatory in Colorado

Watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species are now mandatory in Colorado for both resident and non-resident motorized watercraft.

Lake Nighthorse to be Fenced

Eighteen miles of fence will be installed at Lake Nighthorse to control access to what is envisioned as the focal point of a water-oriented recreation area just southwest of Durango. "This is a land-management tool," said Tyler Artichoker, the first-fill engineer on the Animas-La Plata Project of which Lake Nighthorse is a part.

Ritter Forms Recreation vs. Private Property Rights Task Force

In June, Governor Bill Ritter announced an agreement to end the dispute between two commercial rafting outfitters and a private landowner along Colorado’s Taylor River that prompted a heated legislative battle this past session. The accord prompted the pulling of an estimated 24 different ballot measures on the issue from the November slate.

Southwest Basin Roundtable Tour

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s (CFWE) annual tour was successfully conducted June 9-11th in our own southwestern Dolores/San Juan river basin.

Four West Slope Roundtables Meeting

There was a four west slope roundtables meeting conducted in Grand Junction on May 10th. Representatives from the Colorado, Gunnison, Southwestern, and Yampa/White Roundtables met for the first time to discuss a variety of topics. Central among them, however, was the Colorado River Water Availability Study.

Water Quality / Conservation

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Three Conservation Bills Signed into Law

A new law in Colorado will help promote water conservation. Under a measure signed in April by Gov. Bill Ritter, water conservation requirements are being added to the state's plumbing code. The bill promotes use of water efficient plumbing fixtures and installation guidelines that meet or exceed national conservation guidelines.

Obama Takes Grass-Roots Approach to Conservation

President Obama plans to direct the federal government to foster community-based efforts to save the nation's rivers, coastlines, farms, forests and other outdoor spaces as part of a new approach to conservation.

Water Law

State Purchases Animas-La Plata Project Water

On June 7th Gov. Bill Ritter signed into law House Bill 1250--a construction-projects bill that authorizes the Colorado Water Conservation Board to purchase 10,400 acre-feet of water from the Animas-La Plata Project for $36 million. The state can now sell or lease water to water districts.

WIP News

H2O Jo and Flo Now Available for Loan

The Water Information Program is now the proud owner of their own H2O Jo and Flo, seven-foot inflatable water balloon. The purchase was made possible with a partial grant from the Colorado Non-Point Source Program.

Water History

Hoover Dam and the American Century

The following, by Michael Hiltzik, a columnist for the Los Angeles Time, is adapted from "Colossus: Hoover Dam and the American Century," released in June from Free Press and available for loan through the Water Information Program.

Miscellaneous Facts

Fire Season

Colorado and much of the Rocky Mountain West are looking at an "average" fire season this year, forecasters said in their first seasonal wildfire assessment.