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May 3, 2015--Rain-barrel measure could wash away in Colo. (Durango Herald)

A measure that would allow Coloradans to collect and store rainwater that falls on their roofs has hit a storm and could drown. Supporters say the bill has been held hostage by the Republican chairman of the Senate Agriculture, Livestock and Natural Resources Committee, who very publicly loathes even the concept of the legislation.

August 30, 2014--Five myths about California’s drought (Washington Post)

California is experiencing its third-worst drought in 106 years, resulting in idled cropland and soaring water prices. Since the state produces almost 70 percent of the nation’s top 25 fruit, nut and vegetable crops, California’s pain could soon hit the rest of the country through higher food prices.

February 11, 2014--Farmers told to prep for shortage (Pueblo Chieftain)

It's no secret to farmers that the Arkansas Valley usually is short of water. But future consequences of the shortfall are illustrated by actions that already have occurred in the South Platte River and Rio Grande basins. The coming crisis was discussed last week at the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium, which attracted about 200 participants.

January 26, 2013--Torrent of water bills in the Legislature (Cortez Journal)

The drought might be drying up streams across Colorado, but it has unleashed a torrent of legislation at the state Capitol. Legislators are considering changes to Colorado water law that would take the first serious legal steps toward encouraging conservation instead of maximum use of water. But their ideas are controversial. "We need the ability to respond to the drought," said Sen.

April 12, 2012--South Platte Roundtable: More urgent water planning needed; conservation complicated for basin (Fence Post)

More urgency is needed when it comes to planning new water-supply projects, and water conservation isn't the silver bullet to solve future shortages in the South Platte River Basin, where reused water is an essential supply source downstream. Those were two focal points of discussions at the four-hour South Platte Basin Roundtable meeting Tuesday night.

May 2, 2011--Court sides with Wyo. in water dispute with Mont. (Denver Post)

The U.S. Supreme Court sided with Wyoming farmers Monday in a water lawsuit that claimed they were taking too much water from a river system shared with neighboring Montana. The high court struck down one of four claims made by Montana in a 2007 complaint that said Wyoming was violating a 1950 agreement by depleting water from the Tongue and Powder rivers.

March 15, 2011--South Platte water study challenges notion that led to water well ban (Greeley Tribune)

A study of groundwater in the South Platte River Basin challenges the notion that water well along the river have reduced groundwater supplies. The study was done to try to maximize the use of water in the South Platte River Basin for everyone in the state, said Bob Longenbaugh, who has been in the water business for 50 years.

October 23, 2010--Lower Ark not happy with seep ditch policy (Pueblo Chieftain)

The Lower Arkansas Valley Water Conservancy District board has lingering concerns about whether seep ditches should be curtailed by the state engineer, following a meeting last month. “It has been OK for 100 years. It does not seem right.

December 13, 2009--Many opportunities for producing notable amounts of transferable water constrained (Greeley Tribune)

There is a perception that if only farmers would do a better job of conserving water, by lining canals or switching to a more efficient irrigation such as a center pivot or drip systems, we would have plenty of water to meet the anticipated (future) gap.

October 19, 2009--Study’s goal: What happens to water? (Pueblo Chieftain)

While it might not account for every drop in the river, an ongoing study will provide a more accurate picture of how much water is lost as it tumbles out of the mountains into fields. “My motivation is to try . . . to keep the river whole,” Engineer Russ Livingston told the winter water committee Friday at the group’s annual meeting.

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