Republican River Basin: Republican River Compact compliance update

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From the Yuma Pioneer:

The decision is nonbinding, as is all abritration between the three compact states, which includes Colorado, so the battle possibly will continue in court. In a decision released last Tuesday, June 30, arbitrator Ken Dreher ruled Nebraska will not have to shut down wells as Kansas sought, but did deem Nebraska’s future plans for compliance to be insufficient.

Here’s the link to the final decision from the Republican River Water Conservation District website.

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FIBArk recap video

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Here’s some video of this year’s FIBArk Hooligan Race and Boater X from Kevin J on Vimeo via the Salida Citizen.

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Chaffee County: Xerces Society is pushing for endangered status for the Susan’s purse- making caddisfly

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From The Pueblo Chieftain (Tracy Harmon):

The Susan’s purse-making caddisfly is found only in Trout Creek Spring area of Chaffee County and in High Creek Fen in Park County.

The petition was submitted by the Xerces Society, Center for Native Ecosystems, WildEarth Guardians and Western Watersheds Project. It asserts that grazing, logging and other activities affect Susan’s purse-making caddisfly habitat.

Here’s the link to the petition. Here’s the link to the federal rule-making webstie where you can deposit your comments.

Here’s the release from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

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Australia: Bundanoon in New South Wales outlaws bottled water

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Circle of Blue (Nadya Ivanova):

In the remote picturesque Southern Highlands of Australia, a small town leads by water example. The citizens of Bundanoon in New South Wales voted by a significant majority to ban the use of bottled water, making Bundanoon the first bottled water-free town in the country, The Daily Telegraph reported Wednesday.

Circle of Blue is also pointing to two studies of the bottled water industry. The GAO, “released a report that concluded that FDA consumer safety rules are less strict than the comparable EPA protections required for tap water,” according to Connor Boals writing on the website.

The other group concluded that bottled water is no safer than most municipal supplies and there is no way to know because the EPA rules for water providers do not apply to bottled water.

And then they’re running this article recapping yesterday’s House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee hearing about labels on bottled water.

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Weld County: Powertech acquires more land for uranium development

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Powertech is still buying property in Weld County for their proposed in-situ uranium mining operation. Here’s a report from the Northern Colorado Business Journal. From the article:

Powertech Uranium Corp. has entered into two agreements to purchase an additional 3,585 acres in Weld County, expanding its uranium resources near Nunn. The pending purchases add adjacent parcels to the 3,677-acre Centennial project, bringing the total surface land holdings to 7,262 acres. The option agreements include associated water, mineral and lease interests, the company announced…

In June, Powertech announced that an original estimate of 9.7 million pounds of inferred uranium resources within the project had been increased to 11.5 million pounds. The additional properties would bring the inferred resources to 12.8 million pounds.

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Woodland Park: Radium in supply cause for concern?

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From (Stephanie Wurtz):

People living at the Alpine Village Mobile Home Park in Woodland Park get their water from three wells. But state testing shows their water isn’t safe for anyone to drink. “We have to look toward cancer, bone cancer,” says one woman who lives in the park. Cancer is one risk listed in a letter from the Colorado Division of Water Resources, warning the family about their well water…

A representative from Alpine Village says he’s very aware of the problem and engineers are trying to determine how the radium is getting into the water. He says the issue should be resolved within 60 days. He says the water is safe to drink. A state enforcement order requires Alpine Village management to fix the water problem. But the woman NEWSCHANNEL 13 talked with isn’t going to wait and says her family is moving out in the fall. Torres says the liver will naturally flush the Combined Radium out of the system. He says the family needs to get regular blood tests, to make sure levels are returning to normal.

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Carbondale: Tap fees to rise?

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From The Aspen Times (John Stroud):

An increase in tap fees for new development is being proposed to pay for an update of Carbondale’s 14-year-old water and wastewater master plan. The revised plan would analyze the impact of anticipated future development over the next 20 years and help determine how soon a new sewage treatment plant and water system upgrades will be needed to keep up with growth. Town trustees, at some point in the near future, will formally consider a proposed increase of $11.41 to the existing tap fee for each new single-family residence, or equivalent, to pay for the study. The estimated cost to update both the water and wastewater models included in the plan is about $23,800. In the meantime, the town is prepared to spend more than $1.7 million over the next couple of years on upgrades to the existing sewage treatment plant, designed to keep it properly functioning for the remainder of its 9- to 16-year life expectancy.

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