Water Storage

November 6, 2015--Water plan may emphasize storage (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Building a transmountain diversion in Colorado is one thing — 11 on a difficulty scale of 5 — but increasing water storage might be far easier, the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board said. The board is nearing completion of the state’s first water plan, which Gov.

October 27, 2015--Western Slope lawmakers cast careful eye on water plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

State lawmakers representing Western Slope constituents are viewing a nearly complete Colorado water plan with a mix of hope and fear. Eight of them addressed the Colorado Basin Roundtable Monday, with their thoughts not surprisingly mirroring those expressed by roundtable members and the Western Slope more broadly regarding the plan.

September 10, 2015--Lake expansion, renovation project complete (Telluride Daily Planet)

Ridgway’s water supply is in no danger of running dry thanks to the completion of a roughly $2 million expansion and renovation project at Lake Otonowanda. The project increased the town’s water storage capacity from 100 to 600 acre-feet (an acre-foot is the amount it takes to cover one acre to a depth of one foot) and restored a collapsed outlet, allowing the town to control w

June 2, 2015--Drought exacts heavy toll in West, senators told (Coloradoan)

Witnesses presented a bleak picture of the impact of ongoing drought in the West during a Senate hearing Tuesday, but there were a few rays of hope. First the bad news:

•Seventy-five percent of land in the 11 westernmost states are facing abnormally dry to exceptional drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

April 24, 2015--Colorado River water shortage: Rural areas would be hit harder than cities (Casa Grande Dispatch)

Arizona’s communities, industries, mines and Native American tribes aren’t likely to be affected during the next five years if federal officials declare a shortage on the Colorado River, officials said Wednesday.

March 11, 2015--Homebuilders’ biggest issues: Water, immigrant labor (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado needs to move quickly on high elevation water storage projects, homebuilders told U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., on Tuesday. New houses need new water taps, Bob Jenkins of the Colorado chapter of the National Homebuilders Association said in a meeting Tuesday with Tipton.

March 10, 2015--Long Hollow reservoir filling (Durango Herald)

Rain and snowmelt runoff have provided the first water for a reservoir on Long Hollow Creek near Redmesa, a long-planned storage unit that will help Colorado meet its contractual water obligation to New Mexico and indirectly provide water for irrigators in the southwest corner of La Plata County. Construction was completed in June 2014 on the Bobby K.

March 8, 2015--Changing the price of water may be the way to beat drought (Deseret News)

Drought across the West and Midwest is driving renewed concerns over water scarcity and the availability to meet demand in the future.

January 30, 2015--Unusually high temperatures, low snow pack could spell trouble for Utah’s water needs (Fox 13)

Five degrees for six months: Those are numbers that cause serious concern for Utah water experts. Brian McInerney, Hydrologist for the National Weather Service, said from August through January, northern Utah has averaged temperatures five degrees higher than normal. “Which is incredibly significant when you talk about snow pack,” McInerney said.

January 30, 2015--Scientists see shrinking California snowpack as a harbinger (Los Angeles Times)

State workers performed a California winter ritual Thursday, poking hollow aluminum tubes into Sierra Nevada meadows to measure the snowpack. In what scientists see as a harbinger, they didn't find much. "We will conceivably see more years like this in the future," said geologist Jeffrey Mount, a senior fellow at the Public Policy Institute of California.

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