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- City of Durango Water Commission
- Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority
- Dolores Water Conservancy District
- Florida Water Conservancy District
- La Plata Electric Association
- La Plata Water Conservancy District
- Mancos Conservation District
- Mancos Water Conservancy District
- Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD)
- Pine River Irrigation District
- San Juan Water Conservancy District
- Southwestern Water Conservation District
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- Florida Project (Lemon Reservoir)
- Jackson Gulch Reservoir
- Long Hollow Reservoir
- Pine River Project (Vallecito Reservoir)
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November 30, 2013--After the kill, Part 1: Beetle epidemic changed the face of High Country forests (High Country News)
If mountain residents hope to keep building their homes and towns along the wildland-urban interface, they must understand that sudden, drastic change is inevitable and prepare their own properties as best they can.
November 25, 2013--Study helps water utilities prepare for, respond to wildfires (Water Research Foundation)
Water Research Foundation (WRF) completed a new study, “Effects of Wildfire on Drinking Water Utilities and Best Practices for Wildfire Risk Reduction and Mitigation” (project #4482).
October 28, 2013--Western flash floods, debris flows increase with worsening wildfire seasons (Water World)
Western U.S. states are facing an increase in flash floods and debris flows in the wake of longer and worsening wildfire seasons. These runaway torrents made of rock, mud and water can barrel down mountain channels with little or no warning and destroy roads, homes and anything else in their path.
It’s a place where summers are hot, long and smoky. Wildfires ignite in April and burn at their hottest in August. A place where the Northern Rockies, ravaged decades before by massive beetle kill, have begun to burn at four times the rate they used to. To some, this world of fire and heat might sound somewhat post-apocalyptic.
Starting in about a decade, Kingston, Jamaica, will probably be off-the-charts hot—permanently. Other places will soon follow. Singapore in 2028. Mexico City in 2031. Cairo in 2036. Phoenix and Honolulu in 2043.
Colorado has suffered through drought, wildfires and floods in the six months since Gov. John Hickenlooper ordered up a state water plan. While simply having a plan would not have prevented any of it, state response might have improved if a plan were in hand. “We know the plan isn’t a silver bullet.
Humanity may not be completely doomed just yet, but is well on the way to broiling itself to a crisp, according to the world’s leading climate scientists, who this week rolled out part one of their latest global climate change assessment in a Summary for Policymakers. The l
For the past few years the state has been in a drought and the last two summers it has experienced devastating wild land fires and record breaking temperatures. But that drought came to an end in a matter of days for parts of Colorado as rain pummeled the Front Range causing devastating flash flooding in 17 counties.
September 15, 2013--Severe flooding in Colorado linked to global warming (Environmental News Network)
According to local meteorologists, what happened in Colorado was made worse by climate change. How? To find the connection, we have to look back at the opposite of wet — the very, very dry weather that's become all too common in the Centennial State.
September 14, 2013--USDA, Coca-Cola sign 5-year partnership to help restore watersheds on national forest land (Washington Post)
The U.S. Department of Agriculture and Coca-Cola signed a five-year agreement Friday to restore watersheds that have been damaged or altered by development, wildfires and agriculture as part of an initiative to slow runoff and replenish groundwater on federal lands.