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February 13, 2014--Water wars at the Colorado legislature: Bill ignites passions (Denver Post)

Three Republican lawmakers walked out of an ag committee hearing Wednesday morning in protest over the handling of a water bill scheduled to be heard Thursday after


January 30, 2014--Anxiety builds over state water plan (Durango Herald)

After eight years of talking about water, Coloradans are back to fighting about it. Gov. John Hickenlooper’s call to develop a state water plan is the talk of the Colorado Water Congress’ annual convention this week, as people try to figure out what it is and whether it will be an aid or a threat.


June 14, 2013--Hickenlooper legal adviser James Eklund named director of Colorado Water Conservation Board (Boulder Daily Camera)

James Eklund, a legal counselor to Gov. John Hickenlooper and former assistant state attorney general, has been named the new director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. The 15-member board and the executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources named Eklund to the post.


May 16, 2013--Hickenlooper directs Colorado agencies to create water plan (Denver Business Journal)

The state will start work on a new "Colorado Water Plan" to figure out how to secure enough water supplies across the state to meet urban and rural demands, according to an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper. The governor on Wednesday directed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to start work on the draft plan.


April 12, 2013--State legislator loses water fight with Forest Service bigwigs (Cortez Journal)

Lobbying from the very highest level of the U.S. Forest Service has scuttled a state representative's bid to keep the federal government from claiming water rights at ski areas. Rep. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, said he expects his House Bill 1013 to die without a vote in May, when the Legislature adjourns for the year.


March 25, 2013--Colorado gets new state forester (Summit Voice)

Colorado’s new state forester and director of the Colorado State Forest Service may be moving here from Pennsylvania, but his forestry roots are pure Colorado. Mike Lester is a CSU alumnus and spent time with the Rocky Mountain Forest and Range Experiment Station.


December 5, 2012--Missouri River pipeline mulled to ease Front Range's water woes (Denver Post)

Importing water from the Missouri River to Colorado's semi-arid Front Range has emerged as an option western states are considering to deal with increasing overuse of the Colo


Mitchell New CWCB Water Supply Planning Section Chief

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is pleased to announce that Rebecca (Becky) Mitchell is the new Water Supply Planning Section Chief, a position formerly held by Eric Hecox.


March 29, 2012--Colorado: Headed for drought? (Summit Voice)

A drought outlook for Colorado issued March 28 offered a gloomy outlook for the spring and summer unless weather conditions turn around drastically in the next few weeks. Even worse, state water experts said there’s still a greater than 40 percent chance that La Niña could stretch into a third year.


Good Samaritan’s Still Gridlocked

As mountain snow melts, toxic acid laced with dissolved metals such as arsenic, cadmium, copper, and zinc are fouling Colorado watersheds. Among the casualties: state environmental officials also have listed 32 sites along the Animas River in critical condition. The source of the contamination is abandoned mines—about 500,000 across the West, at least 7,300 in Colorado.


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