Water Projects

January 31, 2014--California drought produces thirst for water – and political solutions (Merced Sun Star)

Big dams, bitter feuds and some political bombshells surface in a California water bill slated for lickety-split House approval next week. One new dam would be authorized for the Upper San Joaquin River. Another would get a green light to store Sacramento River water at a new Sites Reservoir. The existing Shasta Dam, already the state’s seventh largest, could grow taller.


August 22, 2013--Draft Colorado water plan eyes west slope rivers (Summit Voice)

A Front Range alternative for a statewide water plan ordered by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper is drawing fire, as watchdog groups charge that the draft version puts too much emphasis upping diversions from Western Slope rivers.


August 18, 2012--State losing ground in effort to fund needed projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

Budget raids on mineral severance trust funds have diverted millions of dollars from community water projects in Colorado. “We need to make sure the most water goes to the hottest fires," said Reeves Brown, executive director of the Colorado Department of Local Affairs.


August 15, 2012--Economist in Steamboat: Funding water projects will be challenging (Steamboat Today)

An overall demand for water will continue to rise, but securing the funding to increase water supplies will be difficult, a respected economist said Wednesday. “The real issue here with water is, ‘What are we going to do about it?'” Carl Steidtmann said.

July 5, 2012--U.S. House Appropriations Committee cuts funding for water programs in 2013 budget (Circle of Blue)

Last week, the House Appropriations Committee, which handles the federal budget process, approved a fiscal year 2013 spending bill with significant cuts for water infrastructure and water quality programs. Overall spending for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Department of the Interior, the U.S.


May 13, 2012--Colorado lawmakers return to work Monday for special session (CBS Denver)

Colorado lawmakers will return to work Monday for a special session ordered by Gov. John Hickenlooper. The civil unions bill will take center stage but lawmakers will also consider six other bills. The special session was sparked by House’s inability to take a vote on the civil unions measure before the regular session ended last Wednesday night.

August 15, 2011--New approach provides more cash to protect water (Wall Street Journal)

An innovative investment strategy is providing nearly $230 million more for low-interest loans and grants for local drinking water and wastewater projects. The state Environmental Facilities Corp. saved money over the last four years by more aggressively investing revenue from fees and by tweaking management practices. The strategy could soon be duplicated elsewhere.


August 9, 2011--EPA, USDA outline plan to help rural water systems (Wall Street Journal)

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced a national partnership to protect Americans’ health by improving rural drinking water and wastewater systems. Nationwide, small water and sewage treatment facilities with limited funding and resources face challenges due to rising costs and aging equipment and pipes.

August 8, 2011--Looking for gold in water projects (Pueblo Chieftain)

Somewhere in the murky depths of Colorado water, a pot of gold lurks. There have been plenty of private-interest attempts to wrest it free with the development of private water projects to serve growing municipal needs.


May 7, 2011--Groups suggest changes to Colorado water projects (Boulder Daily Planet)

Conservation groups and others urged Colorado wildlife commissioners Friday to tweak two major water providers` plans for lessening effects of pending reservoir projects, so th

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