Water Rights

August 19, 2014--Colorado startup smooths flow of water-rights information in West (Denver Business Journal)

A startup company with its roots in mining and analyzing data about the oil and gas industry has turned its sights on another critical commodity: water in the West. Water, in Colorado and much of the west, is considered a property right, similar to land.


August 14, 2014--Oil and gas compromise puts final nail in coffin for public trust initiatives (Telluride Watch)

The last of 2014′s trio of Public Trust Doctrine initiatives died last week along with three other ballot initiatives that were pulled as a result of a compromise announced by Gov. Hickenlooper and Boulder Congressman Jared Polis.


August 9, 2014--Nestle creating life-threatening water shortage (Rim Country Gazette)

Imagine the swift and fierce government response if Al-Qaeda took a precious resource out of a delicate environment, sold it for profit and endangered 40 million people in the process.

August 2, 2014--Aurora trumps Western Slope in water rights case (Aspen Daily News)

Pitkin County and the Colorado River District are planning to appeal a judge’s ruling that gives the city of Aurora the right to use water from the upper Fryingpan River basin for municipal purposes, without a penalty for 23 years of “unlawful” water use.


July 31, 2014--Tipton, EPA fight over water rule (Durango Herald)

It appears Mark Twain was right when he wrote, “Whiskey is for drinking; water is for fighting over.” U.S. Rep.


July 30, 2014--Should wastewater utilities own the water they treat after its discharged? (Water Online)

Texas regulators appear to be shooting down an unconventional proposal by a utility to take ownership of the water it treats. The logic behind the original proposal, per the Texas Tribune: "Every year, the San Antonio Water System treats close to 33 billion gallons of wastewater and discharges it into the San Antonio River.


July 22, 2014--Drier than the Dust Bowl: Waiting for relief in rural America (Washington Post)

As rural America wilts, this is how those left working its powder-dry land get by: At the appointed hour, Chuck turns the head gate at the Fort Lyon Canal, sending water sluicing through ditches bordering the fields. He tracks up and down the rows, adjusting pipes and valves to make sure the water is flowing just right.


June 19, 2014--Forest Service changes stance on ski resorts, water (Grand Junction Sentinel)

A U.S. Forest Service rule aimed at assuring that ski areas don’t sell off their water rights was welcomed by Colorado’s two senators and panned by the office for the representative whose district includes several resorts.


June 19, 2014--In arid West, water rights are like gold (Durango Herald)

After another winter of below average snowfall, the spring runoff has dropped to a trickle on the La Plata River with most of the irrigation ditches being shut down. Our winter snows are the lifeblood for most of the agriculture that occurs in Southwest Colorado.


June 7, 2014--Family farmers: A vanishing breed (Cortez Journal)

The average age of farmers and ranchers in Montezuma County crept up to 59.5 years in 2012 from 57.6 in 2007, according to recently released agricultural census data. Dolores County saw a similar trend with its current average, 59.6 years of age. The state average hit 58.9 years in 2012, up from 57 years in 2007.


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