Water Policy

April 5, 2014--Building a resilient water portfolio (National Geographic)

While most water plans have a dominant component, dependence on a single strategy is risky. Climate change, population growth, and other 21st-century challenges can adversely impact regions with few water options. Rather, we should think in terms of a water portfolio.


February 23, 2014--Can California avoid a ‘shock to trance’ approach to water policy? (New York Times)

Forecasters predict heavy rains will sweep in from the Pacific Ocean over much of California late next week. The state’s extreme drought will be far from over, but the shift from parched days to downpours illustrates on a short time scale one factor explaining why it’s hard to change deeply ingrained and wasteful approaches to water policy.


February 5, 2014--Grass-roots water plan (Pueblo Chieftain)

Some Colorado lawmakers want the final say on how the state uses its limited water resources. Senate Bill 115 has been introduced and elected officials from both political parties have signed up as sponsors. The measure, if approved, would give the Colorado Legislature the authority to adopt a state water plan.


February 2, 2014--Lawmakers want last word in water policy (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill, SB115, giving the state Legislature that authority was introduced this week and has sponsors from both parties in both houses. It also calls for public hearings at basin roundtables in order to provide more public input. “We think the state Legislature makes the laws,” said Sen.


August 4, 2013--Climate change, water issues attract presidential attention (Water World)

References to water issues saturated President Barack Obama's speech in late June about his climate change initiative. The announcement referred to the effects of global warming on water availability, flooding and droughts. It discussed the issues of changing water cycle intensity and the increasing frequency of hydrologic extremes.


Hickenlooper Orders Colorado Agencies, Including Roundtables, to Create Water Plan

Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order on May 15th directing the state to work on a new Colorado Water Plan to determine how to secure enough water supplies to meet urban and rural demands.

Colorado Water Congress Summer Conference (Steamboat Springs, CO)

08/21/2013 8:00 am
08/23/2013 5:00 pm

The Colorado Water Congress (CWC) Summer Conference and Membership Meeting takes place annually, the third week of August for two and half days at a Colorado resort location.  Mark you calendar, the 2013 conference is scheduled for August 21 to 23 at the Sheraton in Steamboat Springs.


June 25, 2013--Clearing Up Confusion On Future of Colorado River Flows (Science Daily)

The Colorado River provides water for more than 30 million people, including those in the fast-growing cities of Las Vegas, Phoenix and Los Angeles. Increasing demand for that water combined with reduced flow and the looming threat of climate change have prompted concern about how to manage the basin's water in coming decades.


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.


June 12, 2013--Water policy, regulatory factors addressed at ACE13 (AWWA)

Public officials and water utility professionals spent Tuesday at AWWA's Annual Conference and Exposition in Denver getting a step up on the key policy and regulatory factors affecting community water service.


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