Arkansas River Basin

October 2, 2008--Underground basin could boost water supplies (Colorado Springs Gazette)

It is possible to replenish the vanishing Upper Black Squirrel aquifer in eastern El Paso County to create Colorado's first underground storage reservoir, a state agency has determined. But that may be the easiest part in using the aquifer to help solve rural water supply problems, experts said Wednesday.

September 26, 2008--Basin gets a bonanza from imported water (Pueblo Chieftain)

Water imports from the Colorado River basin were about 35 percent above average this year, supplementing an otherwise dry year in the Arkansas River basin. The flows, generated by a big winter snowpack, sustained irrigated farming in the valley and helped fill municipal water reserves.

August 21, 2008--Super Ditch working to keep water in valley (Pueblo Chieftain)

The president of the Super Ditch, a water marketing group formed by farmers, Wednesday said the group will work to keep water in the Arkansas River basin, even though there have been conversations with Aurora.

July 13, 2008--Surface irrigation rules moving toward a solution (Pueblo Chieftain)

From the state’s point of view, pending rules for Arkansas River basin surface irrigators who improve their systems by installing sprinklers are primarily aimed at preventing depletions to Kansas.

July 5, 2008--Project aims to replenish aquifer (Denver Post)

Water users and the Colorado Geological Survey are working on a plan to replenish this disappearing aquifer, an ambitious project to pump underground 500,000 acre feet of water—six times what Colorado Springs Utilities customers use in a year—to create Colorado's first man-made underground storage reservoir.

June 30, 2008--Project aims to replenish aquifer (Colorado Springs Gazette)

The aquifer beneath the Upper Black Squirrel basin took a million years to form, as water rushing down from the mountains carved an underground lake with fingers stretching for miles beneath the eastern El Paso County plains. By some estimates, it could be depleted in less than 100 years.

June 13, 2008--Arkansas Basin to need more water yet (Denver Post)

By 2030, the Arkansas Valley's municipalities may face a water shortage twice as large as that estimated by the state in 2004, according to a new private survey.

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