Press Clippings

May 5, 2016--Students learn not to take water for granted (Pine River Times)

Fifth graders from around the region had primo weather for the annual Kids' Water Festival Wednesday at Fort Lewis College.


May 4, 2016--Senators formally request criminal probe of Gold King Mine spill (Denver Post)

Two Republican senators on Tuesday formally requested a federal criminal probe of the Gold King Mine spill, saying enough evidence exists to suggest laws might have been broken in the August disaster. John McCain, R-Ariz., and John Barrasso, R-Wyo., said in a letter to U.S.


May 3, 2016--Colorado lawmakers block future federal water grabs (Summit Daily)

Colorado lawmakers unanimously made federal water grabs almost impossible. The Colorado Water Rights Protection Act passed both the Colorado House and Senate without a single dissenting vote.


May 2, 2016--As Lake Mead sinks, states agree to more drastic water cuts (High Country News)

Three years ago, state hydrologists in the Colorado River Basin began to do some modeling to see what the future of Lake Mead — the West’s largest reservoir — might look like.


April 30, 2016--Heller, Reid announce adoption of measure to dddress Western drought conditions (PoliticalNews.me)

U.S. Senators Dean Heller (R-NV) and Harry Reid (D-NV) released the following statement after the Senate adopted the Reid-Heller Water Management Amendment to the Energy and Water appropriations bill.


April 29, 2016--Superfund management team lays out plans for 2016 (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials say by next month they intend to provide La Plata and San Juan counties a list of tasks it expects to complete in 2016 at the proposed Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site. “Next month, we could provide a more comprehensive briefing on 2016 activities, where we will collect data and figure out what questions that data will ans


April 28, 2016--EPA: La Plata County won’t get full reimbursement for Gold King (Durango Herald)

Environmental Protection Agency officials told dismayed La Plata County commissioners on Wednesday not to expect compensation for some Gold King Mine spill costs. For seven months, county staff has sunk several hundred hours into drafting a cooperative agreement asking the EPA to fund up to $2.4 million over 10 years for spill-related costs and preparation measures for future emergencies.&


April 27, 2016--Cadmium, lead, copper levels in Animas headwaters exceed Colorado limits (Denver Post)

Animas River headwaters contamination exceeds state standards for cadmium, copper, lead and other toxic acid metals draining from inactive mines, officials from the Environmental Protection Agency and Sunnyside Gold Corp. revealed Tuesday. Until now, federal pronouncements after the EPA-triggered Aug.


April 26, 2016--Colorado may need to put $100 million aside annually to do more with the same amount of water (Steamboat Pilot)

Would you be willing to pay an extra penny or two on every beverage container you purchase for the next 30 years or so, if it could assure Colorado will meet its future water needs? John Stulp, Gov.


April 26, 2016--Colorado senate passes abandoned mines cleanup bill (US)

Colorado’s Department of Natural Resources will soon be able to respond to emergency situations at more of the state’s abandoned mines. The Senate approved a bill Monday that allows the department to tackle situations threatening public safety or the environment at nearly any mine site. DNR’s Division of Reclamation, Mining and Safety had been limited to si


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