Pilot October 23rd Water and Land Use Planning Session (Durango, CO)

The pressures of reduced water supplies intersecting with increased population and the need for adequate housing are prompting a more urgent look at the water and land use planning connection. To these ends there will be a pilot water and land use planning work session for land use planners, water utility personnel, local government officials, and other interested parties on October 23rd from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the La Plata County Administration Building (1101 East 2nd Avenue in Durango).

Book Review: The Water Knife, Paolo Bacigalupi, 2015

The following book review is provided by Laura Spann, with the SWCD:

What would happen if the American Southwest experienced a prolonged drought in the very near future? How would the metropolitan water managers of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Los Angeles respond? What does compact curtailment look like in a world where water is not just power but survival? From our distant worries, Paolo Bacigalupi extrapolates an apocalyptic future in which the Southern Nevada Water Authority “water witch” Catherine Case will do anything--including sending hitmen and air attacks on water treatment plants--to ensure no junior users get a drop more than their water rights dictate. Blue Mesa Dam is bombed by Lower Basin water magnates, annihilating the Aspinall Unit, flooding Delta, and sending the State of Colorado’s allocation downstream. Nothing is off limits.

Water Camp

After many years of thinking about it, the WIP is proud to announce the participation in and co-sponsorship of a children’s water camp. This is being done in conjunction with the Durango Nature Studies (DNS) and will be held the last week of July. Topics include, but are not limited to: aquatic species, conservation, river restorations, the importance of healthy watersheds, and water quality. For more information and/or to register contact DNS at (970) 382-9244 or visit their website at www.durangonaturestudies.org.

SAVE THE DATES: September 9, 10, 11 & 12 Great Divide Film Showings in Southwest CO

Tens of millions of people, billions of dollars of agricultural production, and an enormous amount of economic activity across a vast swath of America from California to the Mississippi River are all dependent on rivers born in the mountains of Colorado.  In a time of mounting demand and limited supply, the need for all citizens to better understand and participate in decisions affecting this critical resource is paramount.

The Great Divide, a feature length documentary film from the Emmy award winning team of Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities, will illustrate the timeless influence of water in both connecting and dividing an arid state and region.

SAVE THE DATE: September 25th--9th Annual Water 101 Seminar (Bayfield, CO)

Save-the-date for the 9th Annual Water 101 Seminar to be conducted September 25, 2015 in Bayfield. We are again fortunate to have Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs as the keynote speaker. The Seminar qualifies for six continuing education credits for Realtors and seven for lawyers, as well as contact hours for teachers, and .7 training units for water utility personnel. For more information and/or to register contact the WIP at (970) 247-1302.

Book Review: The Ordinary Truth, Jana Richman, 2012

The following book review is appreciatively provided by Laura Spann, with the SWCD:

The Ordinary Truth tells a fictional tale of Nevada’s very real water crisis through the eyes of a multi-generational Nevada ranching family in their come-to-Jesus moment. Urban and rural clash within the family, as daughter Katie is the public face of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, pitching the construction of a pipeline to pull water from her hometown of Omer Springs to serve thirsty Las Vegas. Her estranged mother Nell still ranches in Omer Springs.

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