South Platte River

July 26, 2008--State braces as drought worsens (Pueblo Chieftain)

State officials are bracing for the possibility of severe drought as a promising snowpack dwindles and summer monsoons miss the state. The impact is already being felt by farmers - 22 counties on the Eastern Plains have filed disaster declarations.

July 11, 2008--Record dry year in making (Rocky Mountain News)

The official weather site at Denver International Airport recorded just 3.26 inches of precipitation by Wednesday, National Weather Service hydrometeorologist Frank Benton said. That's a third less than the record set in the drought year of 2002, when 4.65 inches of precipitation was recorded by July 9.

July 11, 2008--Project could dry up farm land (Sterling Journal Advocate)

An organization called the Renaissance Enterprises Group, LLC is now actively purchasing water rights within Logan, Washington and Morgan Counties with the intent to dry up land, Manager Joe Frank told the board of the Lower South Platte Water Conservancy District at their meeting Tuesday.

June 10, 2008--EPA: Water transfers will not need permits (Denver Post)

The movement of billions of gallons of water around the country for drinking, irrigation and other uses will not require permits under the Clean Water Act, even though the water could contain contaminants, the Bush administration announced Monday.

May 3, 2008--Last-ditch effort to restart wells on Platte fails (Denver Post)

A last-ditch effort to help farmers along the South Platte River whose wells were shut off in a water-rights fight has died in the Legislature. The Legislature killed similar bills earlier in the session, which ends this week. The latest effort failed Friday when a Senate committee defeated it 4-3.

March 13, 2008--Roundtable gives approval for central Weld water project (Greeley Tribune)

Initial approval has been given to a project in central Weld County that would provide a new wildlife habitat, provide irrigation water for the Weld Re-1 School District and send water back to the South Platte River.

March 2, 2008--Farmers would rather lease rights than sell (Pueblo Chieftain)

A survey of South Platte River irrigators shows support for water leasing programs as an alternative to selling agricultural water to cities. “It’s amazing that water rights are private property rights, but the sale of them can have a public impact as well,” said James Pritchett, an agricultural economics researcher at Colorado State University.

February 22, 2008--Water, rural support top farm bill: Salazar (Fort Morgan Times)

U.S. Sen. Ken Salazar, D-Colo., said the new farm bill, which he believes will soon pass, will contribute to national conservation efforts. “It’s a major step forward for conservation in terms of renewable energy and in terms of nutrition,” Salazar said in an appearance at the Morgan County Rural Electric Association on Thursday.

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