Archive

January 12th, 2007

January 5, 2007--Ritter Picks Natural Resources Chief (Den-AP)

Governor-elect Bill Ritter has appointed Harris Sherman, former head of the Department of Natural Resources, to return as executive director. Sherman served as head of the Department of Natural Resources from 1975 to 1980 under former Governor Dick Lamm.

January 11th

January 10, 2007--State Settles with Southern N.M. Farmers Over Water Meters (Farmington Daily Times)

The state engineer and disgruntled farmers have reached an agreement in a dispute over a state requirement for meters on groundwater wells. Eventually, meters will be used to enforce water rights. Under the settlement, the state will require meters on wells, but farmers who are working to comply won't have their wells shut off in the meantime. 


January 9, 2007--Gunnison Basin Snowpack Slightly Below Average (Montrose Daily Press)

The Gunnison Basin is currently at 91 percent of its 30-year average for this time of year. The snowpack levels normally hit their peak on April 12th. Althugh the snowpack was slightly below average, year-to-date precipitation in the basin is 116 percent of average.


January 10, 2007--Water Rountable Won't Lobby on Spending Bill (Montrose Daily Press)

The Gunnison Basin roundtable decided to abandon any attempts to lobby for the alteration of a spending bill that would forward $500,000 to the Colorado Water Conservation Board for the study of water projects around the state. The study would look at six projects, including one that would pump water out of the Gunnison Basin.


January 10, 2007--Tougher Standards OK'd for Stream Temps (Rocky Mountain News)

Fish that are jeopardized by overheated Colorado waterways are expected to gain a measure of protection under tougher standards for stream temperatures that were recently adopted. Colorado's Water Quality Control Commission approved the new standards after five years of often contentious debate among industrial groups, water utilities and environmentalists.


January 10, 2007--Dormant Yuma Desalting Plant to Get Restart (Tucson Citizen)

A $250 million deslating plant west of Yuma that has sat dormant since shortly after it was completed in the early 1990's is set to restart for a test run by June. The plant was built to reduce salt in agriculture runoff to help meet a water delivery treaty obligation with Mexico, but ran for only a six-month test in 1992-93. Since then, the U.S.


January 8th

January 2, 2007--States Face Flood of Water Issues (Headwaters News)

In New Maxico, Gov. Bill Richardson declared 2007 the "Year of Water." In Colorado, a proposed bill that would fund a feasibility study on a pipeline to ship water from the Blue Mesa Reservoir to the Front Range has at least one Western Slope water group up in arms.


January 7, 2007--Snowpack Only a Bit Ahead of Last Year (Denver Post)

Early-season surveys indicate statewide snowpack is only slightly higher than it was last year at this time, despite two recent blizzards that hammered much of Colorado. As of Monday, statewide snowpack was 96 percent of average, and was 94 percent of last year's readings on the same date.


January 5th

January 4, 2007--Water Ruling Stands: Feds decide not to appeal decision on Gunnison River (Rocky Mountain News)

The government has chosen not to appeal a federal judge's September ruling throwing out an agreement governing the amount of water flowing in the Gunnison River through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.


January 3, 2007--Agriculture Director Announces Retirement (Rocky Mountain News)

After eight years as head of the Colorado State Department of Agricultre, Commissioner Don Ament announced his retirement and will step down as agriculture commissioner on January 9th, when Governor-elect Bill Ritter wil be sworn in. Ritter has nominated John Stulp, a Lamar-area farmer and former Prowers County commissioner, as the new agriculture chief.