Upper Ark completes second round for the deployment of satellite telemetry stations

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From The Mountain Mail (Ron Sering):

The stations measure surface water levels and, in some places, localized weather conditions. Information is transmitted via the Geostationary Operational Environmental Satellite system, which in turn relays it to computers in the district office. Jord Gertson of Source Water Consulting, contractor for the work, recently completed Chaffee County installation of stations at North Fork and Cottonwood reservoirs, Rainbow Lake, Cottonwood Creek, and North Fork of the South Arkansas River. An additional station at Lester Atterbury gauge in Fremont County, will measure augmentation water acquired by the district from the Bureau of Land Management.

Gertson plans to install five additional stations by Nov. 30. Four final stations are slated for installation next year and during 2011.

More Arkansas Basin coverage here and here.

National League of Cities: Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Steering Committee annual fall meeting

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Here’s a release from the National League of Cities (Carolyn Berndt):

The Energy, Environment and Natural Resources (EENR) Steering Committee took several steps toward addressing this year’s work plan at its fall meeting in Aurora, Colo. With a full agenda, the committee, led by Chair Claude Mattox, councilmember from Phoenix, focused on: sustainability and climate change; water infrastructure and supply; and product stewardship and waste reduction.

In addition to approving two existing resolutions on climate change, the committee approved new policy language relating to renewable energy and infrastructure siting.

Several speakers informed the discussion. Corey Buffo from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency spoke about a green building code initiative to provide local governments with building code information. Joe Goffman from the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee provided an update on the status of climate change legislation in the Senate. Finally, Anders Riel Muller from Baltic Sea Solutions in Palo Alto, Calif., spoke about a new partnership to visually map local climate change initiatives.

After hearing from two speakers on different legislative proposals for funding the nation’s water infrastructure needs, the committee amended and approved an existing resolution on water infrastructure. Mark Pifher, director of Aurora Water, also spoke to the committee about Colorado water law, the Colorado River compact and the Aurora Water reuse plan.

Additionally, the committee approved new policy language on electronic waste and a new resolution relating to product stewardship.

Finally, the committee heard from Mike McHugh from Aurora Water about the impact of the mountain pine beetle on Colorado and western forests. Bark beetles were a priority policy issue for the committee in 2008. The committee approved new policy language relating to invasive species.

The committee voted to update and renew current NLC resolutions on water infrastructure, sustainability initiatives, climate change, climate change adaptation, bark beetles and environmentally friendly shoreline systems. Additionally, the committee voted to incorporate a recurring resolution on the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program into existing policy.

Aurora Councilmember Brad Pierce hosted the EENR meeting. A number of related field visits were held throughout the meeting, including a visit to the city’s new municipal center, the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Plains Conservation Center and the Peter D. Binney Water Purification Plant.

The EENR Policy and Advocacy Committee will meet at the Congress of Cities in San Antonio to review policy recommendations. The committee will meet on Wednesday, November 11, and welcomes conference attendees at the meeting.

Fort Morgan: Northern Integrated Supply project information meeting September 16

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From The Fort Morgan Times:

Representatives of the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District will give a presentation and answer questions about the Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP) at a meeting in Fort Morgan Wednesday. The meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Country Steak-Out. Scheduled to attend from Northern are Eric Wilkinson, general manager; Alan Berryman, assistant general manager, engineering division, and Brian Werner, communications and records department manager. Also slated to be at the meeting are Pat Merrill, Fort Morgan city manager; Mark Kokes, manager of Morgan Quality Water District, and Don Ament, former state legislator and former state commissioner of agriculture.

More NISP coverage here and here.

BLM to offer first ever Colorado geothermal lease in Chaffee County

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From the Denver Business Journal:

[The November 12 sale is] the first time the BLM has offered a parcel specifically for geothermal power development in Colorado. Typically, the BLM’s lease sales offer parcels intended for oil and gas development. The agency will offer for lease a parcel sized at 799.2 acres for subsurface federal mineral rights. The parcel is in Chaffee County, near the Mount Princeton Hot Springs Resort west of Buena Vista.

More coverage from the Salida Citizen (Trey Beck). From the article:

Geothermal resources, such as steam and hot water, are used directly to heat buildings and in greenhouses and aquaculture, and indirectly to generate electric power. Half of the nation’s geothermal energy production occurs on federal land, much of it in California and Nevada, and 90 percent of potential geothermal resources are located on public lands as well, according to the BLM. The earth’s crust may be slightly thinner in Colorado between Leadville and Paonia, a phenomenon known as the Aspen Anomaly, making this region more promising for geothermal development.

Chaffee County stands to benefit materially from the Mount Princeton lease, as geothermal lease revenues and royalties are shared with the states and counties where the leases are located, with 50 percent going to the state and 25 percent to the county. A competitive auction of lease parcels for geothermal energy resources on federal public lands in California, Nevada and Utah earlier this year generated a top per-acre bid of $3,800. Bidding for the Mount Princeton lease will start at $2 per acre.

More geothermal coverage here and here.