Aurora city council to decide fate of Columbine Ditch

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From The Denver Post (Carlos Illescas):

Developer Bobby Ginn had entered a contract with the Pueblo water board to purchase 1,337 acre-feet of water from the Columbine Ditch near Leadville. But Aurora has a right-of-first refusal, and the city is partnering with the Climax molybdenum mine to purchase the water for a total of $30.4 million, said Greg Baker, spokesman for Aurora Water. Climax will pay about a third of that…

Paul Fanning, spokesman for the Pueblo Board of Water Works, said he had not yet heard of Aurora’s intentions to purchase the water. He said that when Ginn signed a contract to purchase the water, Aurora had 60 days to match it. “I know Aurora has been working on it,” Fanning said. “But until that happens, we have an accepted approved contract with the Ginn organization.”

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1000 posts on WordPress

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The post below is number one thousand since I came over here to WordPress. WordPress is good, productive, software.

It’s appropriate that the thousandth post here would be about wastewater since I spent so many years at Denver Wastewater. I’ve switched careers recently and now I’m at the upstream end of a house.

Thanks to all you water nuts that read Coyote Gulch my hits are way up over the old Radio Userland weblog.

Fruita: City Council moves on funding new wastewater treatment plant

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From the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel (Le Roy Standish):

on Tuesday, funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act were tapped to help get construction going on the wastewater treatment plant, 1480 U.S. Highway 6&50. The federal dollars are making a low-interest — 3.5 percent — loan of $5 million available to Fruita, which will allow construction to start as the 2013 deadline to have the new plant online looms. “This is the single largest construction project in the history of Fruita and it is mandated by the federal government,” Fruita Mayor Ken Henry said. The low-interest loan is being provided by the Colorado Water Resources and Power Development Authority. An injection of stimulus money from Washington is allowing the authority to offer the low-rate loan, said City Manager Clint Kinney…

The longer-term loan will be in the neighborhood of $25 million and have a 2 1/2 percent interest rate, Kinney said. Before the influx of stimulus money, the interest rate was close to 5 percent, he said.

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Precipitation (storage) news: San Juan River seeing increased flows

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From The Durango Herald:

[Wednesday, July 8] Declining river flows in the San Juan Basin are leading the Bureau of Reclamation to increase water releases from Navajo Reservoir to 800 cubic feet per second…The increase goes into effect today at 4 a.m…”We’re releasing what’s required for irrigation,” about 610 cubic feet per second, [Vallecito Reservoir Superintendent Hal Pierce] said. Lemon Reservoir was releasing water at 175 cubic feet per second Tuesday.

From the Cortez Journal (Kristen Plank):

McPhee Reservoir is sitting at an active capacity of 217,000 acre-feet, with a maximum capacity of 229,000 acre-feet. The result is an approximate 12,000 acre-feet decrease, or an almost 3-foot drop in elevation, said Mike Preston, general manager of the Dolores Water Conservancy District…

In June, McPhee sat completely full until the 10th. Last year, the reservoir stayed full until July 19. “The reservoir did not stay full as long (this year) because we didn’t have the snowpack that we did in 2008,” Preston said. “But since the water usage was more moderate because of the cool, cloudy weather, we are only about six days ahead of where we were in 2008.”[…]

“The good news is that we filled this year for the second year in a row,” Preston said. “We are in good shape to meet all of our allocations for 2009…

Jackson Gulch Reservoir is also in good shape for the season, said Mancos Water Conservancy District Superintendent Gary Kennedy. The reservoir’s active capacity sits at 10,000 acre-feet and is roughly 200 acre-feet from full now. The reservoir was very close to full for July 4, which Kennedy said is unusual for this time of year.

Colorado Weed Awareness Week July 12-18

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From the Craig Daily Press:

Gov. Bill Ritter declared this week as Colorado Weed Awareness Week in an effort to raise awareness about the issue. “Noxious weeds threaten the integrity of Colorado’s lands,” said Kelly Uhing, Colorado state weed coordinator. “Together, we can effectively and appropriately control weed infestations and minimize the threat weeds pose to agriculture, Colorado’s natural heritage and our quality of life.”

There are 71 weeds on Colorado’s noxious weed list. The most aggressive and widespread weeds are Canada thistle, field bindweed, leafy spurge, Russian knapweed and yellow toadflax…

To protect Colorado’s lands, the Colorado Department of Agriculture has helped communities form partnerships and coordinate weed management activities. Uhing also has distributed $350,000 in grants each year to assist counties, municipalities and others in their weed management efforts. Moffat County recently received a grant to pay for 85 percent of the cost to hire a two-man crew to eradicate yellow starthistle, a weed that is particularly poisonous to horses. For more information on CDA’s noxious weed management program, including photos and lists of noxious weeds, visit http://www.colorado.gov/ag/csd.

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