U.S. Bureau of Land Management

April 15, 2016--Dolores dispute (Telluride Daily Planet)

It’s an alphabet soup of acronyms: ACEC, NCA, BLM, SJCA. Beneath the dry crust of jargon lies an ongoing struggle between and among local stakeholders and federal agencies over the fate of the Dolores River.

May 7, 2015--Water attorney tapped for river study (Cortez Journal)

The phrase “implied water rights” for special designations on federal lands sent chills down the spines of local irrigators at a meeting discussing the legal ramifications on their potential below McPhee dam.

April 16, 2015--Mining plan seeks 3 billion gallons of water; leaders angry (Associated Press)

A mine in New Mexico says it needs to use 3.2 billion gallons of water over the next two years, upsetting leaders in a county of 64,000 who say it could jeopardize access to clean water for residents who already are being urged to conserve.

November 3, 2014--GOP candidates push hard for state control over federal lands (Colorado Independent)

Republicans aren’t just gunning for control of both houses of the State Legislature on Tuesday, they’d also like state government to take over millions of acres of federal lands in Colorado to increase logging, grazing, mining and oil and gas drilling.

Federal, State, and Local Legal Issues: Joint Land Management Plan

In response to the U.S. Bureau of Land Management (USBLM) and the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) Joint Land Management Plan, the Southwestern Water Conservation District has filed a protest to the USBLMportion of the joint plan and an appeal to the USFSportion of the plan which has already gone to a Record of Decision. The primary concerns are the by-pass standards or guidelines and the addition of two new fish species as outstanding remarkable values on the Dolores River. At issue are the flow criteria to be used in the evaluation of special use permits, which are the most restrictive in Colorado and possibly in the nation. These standards or guidelines would be very difficult, if not impossible, to achieve below reservoirs since most of the natural hydrograph is stored under the water rights.

August 11, 2014--In Idaho and across the West, aspen trees are disappearing (Idaho Statesman)

Groves of aspen - the tall, skinny trees with telltale white bark and fluttering, glossy leaves - are unmistakable in East Idaho. But look for the cone-shaped tops of conifers living among the smaller aspen, and juniper trees creeping closer to the perimeter of the grove. It's not an example of species diversity; it's a death sentence. The most widespread tree in North America is disappearing.

May 25, 2014--Animas cleanup (Durango Herald)

It may help to clarify some issues regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s participation with the Animas River Stakeholders Group and that agency’s potential to put Upper Cement Creek on the National Priorities List under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liabilities Act – aka Superfund.

February 12, 2014--Las Vegas water pipeline plan challenged over rural impact (Bloomberg Businessweek)

A Las Vegas water pipeline project from eastern Nevada that won U.S. government approval was challenged in court by environmental groups that said that it will deplete rural groundwater supplies.

January 13, 2014--Plans for Dolores River draw criticism (Cortez Journal)

Federal and state protection measures for the Lower Dolores River were sharply criticized by local officials Thursday during a regional water meeting in Cortez. But public land agencies and the Colorado Water Conservation board defended the decisions as part of their job to inventory special waterways and insure adequate flows on the river.

Federal Land Management Plan?

Many water managers in the state, including those in southwest Colorado, are concerned about recent actions taken by federal agencies regarding historical water use, permitting, and planning activities involving federal lands that could impact existing and future water rights in Colorado.

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