March 8, 2016--West Slope lawmakers push for more storage of water on East Slope (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A Western Slope lawmaker wants to help folks on the eastern side of the state store more water. Doing so not only would help serve the growing water demands of thirsty Front Range cities, but also take pressure off other areas of the state from transmountain diversions, said Rep. J. Paul Brown, R-Ignacio. Brown, along with Sen.

January 12, 2016--California drought: How will we know when it's over? (Mercury News)

Now that 2016 has gotten off to a wet start, with a series of El Niño storms drenching California in recent days, the question is turning up with increasing frequency at dinner parties and coffee shops:  "How will we know when the drought is over?" The answer, water experts say, is more complicated than you'd think. Simply put: The drought could end this year

December 28, 2015--University of Colorado scientists say reservoir evaporation a concern (Durango Herald)

 A focus should be placed on measuring and reducing reservoir evaporation in an effort to meet Colorado’s growing water supply demands, according to a study by the University of Colorado Boulder. The report, unveiled on Monday, focused on conservation, a popular theme touted by water managers across Colorado.

June 20, 2015--"Miracle May" rescues regional water prospects (Pine River Times)

A "miracle May" has turned around grim water supply prospects for the region, at least for this year, several speakers told the Upper Colorado River Commission Thursday in Durango. The commission has one representative from each of the four Upper Colorado River Basin states (Colorado, Wyoming, Utah, and New Mexico) and one federal representative.

May 15, 2015--Southwest reservoirs play catch-up (Durango Herald)

Colorado is slogging through a wetter-than-normal spring, with heavy rain restoring much-needed moisture to parched rangeland and sending some rivers over the banks. But the precipitation isn’t helping dry downstream states in the Southwest that rely on the Colorado River, which originates in western Colorado. The U.S.

March 11, 2015--Homebuilders’ biggest issues: Water, immigrant labor (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado needs to move quickly on high elevation water storage projects, homebuilders told U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on Tuesday. New houses need new water taps, Bob Jenkins of the Colorado chapter of the National Homebuilders Association said in a meeting Tuesday with Tipton.

March 10, 2015--Long Hollow reservoir filling (Durango Herald)

Rain and snowmelt runoff have provided the first water for a reservoir on Long Hollow Creek near Redmesa, a long-planned storage unit that will help Colorado meet its contractual water obligation to New Mexico and indirectly provide water for irrigators in the southwest corner of La Plata County. Construction was completed in June 2014 on the Bobby K.

January 30, 2015--Unusually high temperatures, low snow pack could spell trouble for Utah’s water needs (Fox 13)

Five degrees for six months: Those are numbers that cause serious concern for Utah water experts. Brian McInerney, Hydrologist for the National Weather Service, said from August through January, northern Utah has averaged temperatures five degrees higher than normal. “Which is incredibly significant when you talk about snow pack,” McInerney said.

January 30, 2015--Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger (Los Angeles Times)

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much. "We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

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