A request to move water out of basin for the Republican River compliance pipeline will be in front of the Sandhills Ground Water Management District January 24


From The Yuma Pioneer (Tony Rayl):

The hearing will be held Tuesday, January 24, at 10 a.m. at the Wauneta Fire Hall, located north of Wray, at 50002 U.S. Highway 385. The [Republican River Water Conservation District] is seeking to send water from the Sandhills district down a pipeline to the North Fork of the Republican River, where it will flow east into Nebraska and then into Kansas. It part of Colorado’s efforts to come into compliance with the 1942 Republican River Compact.

More Republican River coverage here and here.

Water Division 1 Ditch and Reservoir Symposium March 14 and 15


From email from Water Division 1:

The attached document [click here to download the document] describes a conference Water Division 1 is sponsoring on water related topics in mid-March in Loveland, Colorado. As you can see from this document, the presentations are on a wide variety of topics that cover both South Platte specific issues and topics that apply statewide as well. The demonstrations of water related products also provide a unique opportunity to see a variety of products at a single location. (Note that there is a $10 registration discount for registrations received before March 1.)

More South Platte River basin coverage here.

More than half the speakers at Longmont City Council’s annual open forum addressed hydraulic fracturing concerns


From the Longmont Times-Call (Scott Rochat):

They praised the city’s 120-day moratorium on drilling applications, urged the adoption of tough regulations such as a 1,000-foot separation between wells and occupied buildings, and deplored the amount of water used in hydraulically fracturing a well to get at hard-to-reach deposits — an estimated 5 million gallons to start the well, and still more when a well is “re-fracked.”[…]

Asked for their own comments on drilling, both [Councilwoman Sarah Levison] and Councilwoman Witt said they didn’t consider the moratorium — which runs through April 17 — to be enough time for the city to revise regulations. Witt said that what the city really needed was an energy master plan, but she could see that taking two years: far longer, she said, than any moratorium the city could practically issue…

[Councilman Brian Bagley], in turn, urged the audience to go to the Legislature with the same passion. With wells in Firestone and unincorporated Boulder and Weld County, he said, the city just doesn’t have the jurisdiction to solve the problem by itself. “It’s like being in court and saying ‘I want a divorce’ and being told ‘Sorry, this is municipal court — we do traffic tickets, you need to go to district court,'” Bagley said. “I wish I had a better answer for people. But we’ll do the best we can.”