Irrigation Efficiency

March 15, 2013--Is irrigation efficiency the answer to Western water woes? (Grand Junction Free Press)

Agriculture accounts for over 85% of water use in Colorado. As our region's long-term supply and demand balance looks more and more out of balance, lots of people are eyeing that water: for urban supplies, for healthier rivers, and for better river-based recreation.

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.

LPEA Receives USDA Grant

The La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) was awarded a $100,000 USDA-Rural Development Grant last fall to help members save energy and explore renewable energy options.  The funds are designated to assist rural small businesses, specifically irrigators and water companies, with energy audits and renewable energy development. 

LPEA Irrigation Workshop: System Efficiency (Durango, CO)

11/10/2011 8:30 am
11/10/2011 3:00 pm

La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) Irrigation Workshop: System Efficiency. For more information and/or to register contact Sue Maxwell at (970) 382-7170.

Irrigation System Created Saving 20 percent of Water per Harvest

Neiker-Tecnalia (the Basque Institute of Agricultural Research and Development) has been working with Arson engineering company in the creation of an irrigation telecontrol system which will enable saving up to 20 % of water for each harvest, compared to traditional irrigation methods. With this technology, known as Aquarson, the programming of the irrigation shifts and the consumption of water are controlled in a centralized way, enabling a management based on hydraulic and energy criteria which increase the efficiency of use of the irrigation system.

Beetle Kill

Beetle KillRick Cables, a regional forester with the U.S. Forest Service in Golden, said the bark beetle problem has reached epic proportions.

Boat Inspections Now Mandatory in Colorado

Watercraft inspections to prevent the spread of invasive aquatic species are now mandatory in Colorado for both resident and non-resident motorized watercraft.

Barry Passes

Hamlet "Chips" BarryThe chief executive officer of Denver Water for 19 years, Hamlet ‘Chips’ Barry (66) passed away May 2nd. Barry was found under a tractor on his Hawaiian farm, less than a month after his retirement.

Lake Nighthorse to be Fenced

Eighteen miles of fence will be installed at Lake Nighthorse to control access to what is envisioned as the focal point of a water-oriented recreation area just southwest of Durango. "This is a land-management tool," said Tyler Artichoker, the first-fill engineer on the Animas-La Plata Project of which Lake Nighthorse is a part.

Brinton Retires

Scott BrintonAfter more than 30 years of public service, Scott Brinton, Assistant Division 7 Engineer of the Colorado Division of Water Resources retired in May.

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