Colorado Department of Natural Resources

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

DNR Director Resigns

In mid-December Mike King, Executive Director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources (CDNR), stepped down from his position. He had led the CDNR since 2010. King plans to take a new job with Denver Water as the Director of Planning. In this new position, he will oversee their climate change preparations, demand and supply management, environmental compliance, long-range planning for raw water and treated supplies, water rights, and watershed management. In a press release from Governor Hickenlooper’s office, he praised King for all the work he’s done during his administration, including helping to devise a statewide water plan and merging the department’s parks and wildlife divisions.

December 19, 2015--State official who clashed with EPA over mine spill resigns (Associated Press)

Colorado's top environmental official is stepping down, months after he clashed with federal authorities over a massive spill of toxic wastewater from an inactive mine in southwest Colorado. Mike King's resignation was announced Thursday. The executive director of the Colorado Department of Natural Resources had led the agency since 2010. King clashed with the U.S.

December 10, 2015--Disagreement between state and EPA over Gold King Mine spill lingers (Durango Herald)

Additional details released this week by the Environmental Protection Agency concerning the Gold King Mine spill continue to highlight the state’s possible role in the disaster. The EPA released further details on Tuesday evening, hours before a congressional panel on Wednesday morning would interrogate Interior Secretary Sally Jewell on her department’s role in investig

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.

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