Archive - 2012

December 30th

Communities in the Basin That Are Gone

Have you ever wondered about the communities in the Dolores/San Juan River Basin that no longer exist? In Archuleta County and the Pagosa Springs area alone, some of those include:

Water in the West Art Show

In an effort to raise awareness about vital water issues, the WIP, in conjunction with the Durango Arts Center (DAC), conducted a month-long Water in the West Art Show and information series. This kicked-off on August 10th with a juried water art exhibit.

Water 101 Seminar

The October 26th 7th Annual Water 101 Seminar was another huge success. The Seminar was cosponsored with the San Juan Citizens Alliance and we were again fortunate to have Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as the keynote speaker.

Save-the-Date: 2013 Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Workshop in Pagosa Springs in June

The WIP, in conjunction with the Mountain Studies Institute and the San Juan Mountains Association, will be conducting their second Forests-to-Faucets Teacher Training Workshop in June 2013 in Pagosa Springs. This will be an opportunity for K-12 teachers to earn one continuing education credit from Adams State University.

Roundtables Mini Conservation Summit

In early December representatives from the State’s Basin Roundtables met in Silverthorne to discuss methods to increase conservation efforts. This has been a point of contention between the Front Range and Western Slope.

Global Acidity Increasing

You’ve heard about acid mine drainage and ocean acidification, but the problems don’t end there.

Ritter Promotes Conservation

According to a Pueblo Chieftain article, former Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is promoting a campaign to substantially reduce water use in the Colorado Riv

U.S. , Mexico Sign Water Sharing Pact

After five years of effort, the United States and Mexico signed an agreement for new rules on sharing water from the

New EPA Interpretation May Yield Higher Water Quality via Mine Cleanup Efforts

There are about 7,300 abandoned hard-rock mines in Colorado and a large percentage of them now drain toxic substances.

150th Anniversary of Homestead Act

If you live by a river or creek, chances are pretty good that your property was once part of the 1862 Homestead Act.