Archive - 2009

December 29th

December 28, 2009--Irrigation regulations draw protests across valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

Irrigators from one end of the Arkansas Valley to the other have lined up to intervene in a Water Court case over compact compliance rules proposed by State Engineer Dick Wolfe. A four-week trial for the rules is scheduled to begin Nov. 16 and, if approved by Chief District Judge Dennis Maes, the Division 2 Water Court judge, they would become effective on Jan. 1, 2011.

December 27, 2009--Ophir ready to embark on nearly $1 million water project (Telluride Daily Planet)

The tiny town of Ophir, which was settled by miners and saved by back-to-nature, self-sufficient types, has historically been hesitant to adopt new services. We’ll do it ourselves, the town collectively said, and if we can’t, we probably don’t need it.

December 25, 2009--Governments turn to cloud seeding (Durango Herald)

On a mountaintop clearing in the Sierra Nevada stands a tall metal platform holding a crude furnace and a box of silver iodide solution that some scientists believe could help offer relief from searing droughts. This is a cloud-seeding machine designed to increase rainfall by spraying a chemical vapor into the clouds.

December 24, 2009--Colo. gets $7.3 million for abandoned coal mines (Vail Daily)

Colorado will get $7.3 million in federal funds to seal abandoned coal mines and restore water and land affected by mining. The grant announced Tuesday is part of a total $369 million going to 28 eligible coal-producing states. The reclamation program is financed through fees on coal production and the grants are based on each state's past and current production.

December 24, 2009--What the state is studying... (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is pondering proposed pipelines to move water from most areas of the state to the Front Range in an attempt to meet future water demands. Not all will be built, and none has been officially endorsed. Nevertheless, the Colorado Water Conservation Board looked at them in a preliminary report released last June.

December 28th

December 24, 2009--Colorado population grew at fourth-highest rate in U.S. (Denver Post)

Colorado's estimated population surpassed 5 million for the first time as the state grew at the fourth- highest rate in the country amid the worst recession in decades. U.S. Census Bureau estimates released Wednesday showed the state's population hit 5,024,748 in July, adding almost 90,000 people from last year.

December 23, 2009--The San Miguel—Wild and Scenic? (Telluride Daily Planet)

Splashy Fall Creek where it tumbles toward the confluence near Sawpit, the lovely Dolores where it meanders through sinuous canyons, the San Miguel where it colors the desert lands of the West End with cottonwoods and water — all are wild and scenic rivers.

December 23, 2009--PAWSD gets $50,000 for water-saving program (Pagosa Sun)

The State of Colorado has awarded the Pagosa Area Water and Sanitation District (PAWSD) a $48,700 grant to help implement a critical portion of the district’s 2008 Water Conservation Plan.

December 23, 2009--Outlook bleak for South Platte River basin (Brighton Standard)

Four and a half years after the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act set up roundtables of water users and experts to study the state’s water resources and plan for water need through the mid-century, one of th

December 23, 2009--With supply limited, state targets water demand (Pueblo Chieftain)

Here’s the choice: Colorado can dry up 400,000 acres of farmland, build a couple more pipelines through the Rockies or put 5 million new residents of the state--plus most already living here - on permanent watering restrictions or shower schedules. Can’t make up your mind? You’re not alone.