EPA launches new website about nutrient pollution


Here’s the link to the shiny new EPA website about nutrient pollution.

Thanks to the Colorado Environmental Coalition Twitter Feed (@coenviroco) for the heads up.

More water pollution coverage here.

Colorado Water 2012: Fix Those Leaks!


Here’s a new post from Your Water Colorado Blog highlighting Fix a Leak Week. From the post:

The EPA has declared Fix a Leak Week, March 12 through 18, 2012 because leaks waste a tremendous amount of water. Fix a Leak Week is an annual reminder to check household plumbing fixtures for leaks, this week and all year long. Several cities in Colorado are sponsoring activities to celebrate Fix a Leak Week.

More conservation coverage here.

March 12 – 18 is National Groundwater Awareness Week


Here’s the webpage from the National Ground Water Association:

Now well into its second decade, Groundwater Awareness Week spotlights one of the world’s most important resources — groundwater.

Who should be “aware” of groundwater? Quite simply, everyone.

Groundwater is essential to the health and well-being of humanity and the environment. Whether you’re on a public water system or a private well, whether you are a health care official, policymaker, regulator, an environmentalist or a groundwater professional, you can get involved in protecting this vital resource.

You can find more information on groundwater and water well stewardship by going to NGWA’s Web site for well owners, www.wellowner.org.

Here’s the link to the USGS Groundwater webpage. Here’s a link to the USGS publication What is Groundwater?.

The BLM has scheduled open houses in Saguache and Alamosa for comments on potential geothermal leases


Here’s the link to the announcement from the U.S. Bureau of Land Management.

Geothermal Energy Leasing Environmental Assessment

The Bureau of Land Management welcomes your comment on an environmental assessment (EA) to amend the 1991 BLM San Luis Resource Management Plan (RMP) for geothermal energy leasing on BLM-managed lands. The Colorado Geological Survey recognizes the potential for geothermal energy in the San Luis Valley. Currently, there are no geothermal energy leases on BLM lands in the Valley.

Public comment on this EA opens March 12, 2012 and closes April 10, 2012. BLM is also hosting two open house meetings: Tuesday, March 20th from 4 – 7 p.m at the Saguache County Road and Bridge Building and Wednesday, March 21st from 4 – 7 p.m. at Adams State College (McDaniel Hall)

Thanks to the the Associated Press via The Denver Post for heads up.

More geothermal coverage here and here.

Snowpack news: Storage may obviate the effects of the expected below average streamflow forecast


Click on the thumbnail graphic for an ogive of the statewide snowpack (from the Natural Resources Conservation Service), which has flat-lined over the past few days.

From 9News.com (Tara Meyer):

The Natural Resources Conservation Service reports that Colorado’s snowpack is 81 percent of average, as of March 1. At the beginning of February, the snowpack was only 72 percent of average. Although February snowfall helped increase the snowpack significantly, the state is well behind last year’s totals. The March 1 measurement is 71 percent of last year’s snowpack on the same date.

From The Mountain Mail (Mike Campbell):

The Arkansas, Upper Rio Grande and Colorado river basins improved with 86, 83, and 75 percent of average, respectively [for March 1]. Colorado snowpack increased to 81 percent of average – up 9 percent…

The Yampa and White river basins snowpack is up 14 percent for 47 percent of average. The North Platte basin was at 80 percent. The basins of San Juan, Animas, Dolores and San Miguel rivers were 86 percent of average…

For most water users, reservoirs throughout the state are above or near average, she said, which should help with late-summer shortages.

Loveland: Sales to water haulers for hydraulic fracturing is on the increase


From the Loveland Reporter-Herald (Tom Hacker):

Green-thinking cities including Loveland that own the Platte River Power Authority electric utility are pressing for conversion of its generating plants from dirty coal to clean-burning natural gas. PRPA policy represents but a tiny portion of the forces driving production of natural gas, a $9 billion Colorado industry that has been pushed ahead by improvements in a technology called hydraulic fracturing, or “fracking.” The technology, more akin to mining than drilling, requires water — and lots of it.

As gas producers expand their operations into the western fringe of the Wattenberg field in Larimer and Boulder counties, their demands for water reach into municipalities up and down the Front Range, Loveland among them. “We’re not selling as much as other providers, because we’re further away from most of the activity,” said Loveland water resources engineer Greg Dewey. “But it has become a significant source of income for us.”[…]

…the dominant supplier of water to the industry, Fort Lupton-based A&W Water Service Inc., sends its tanker trucks to Loveland on a regular basis to load water at designated city hydrants to take to drilling sites. On Friday, two truck crews were tapping a metered hydrant just north of the roundabout at Sculptor Drive and First Street, each drawing 6,200 gallons of treated water into their tanks. The water was destined for a drilling site just north of U.S. 34, a quarter-mile east of the Larimer-Weld county line for Petroleum Development Corp…

Loveland water manager Dewey said A&W and other suppliers draw about 2 million gallons monthly, a tiny fraction of what other municipalities in the region provide. They pay at the rate of $1 for 300 gallons, more than twice what Loveland homeowners pay for their usage. And, the industry’s purchases from Loveland make scarcely a dent in the city’s supply. “We want to make sure we have adequate supplies for our residents first,” Dewey said. “We see this alternative as a way to maintain service to our customers at reasonable rates.”

More oil and gas coverage here and here.

The Colorado River Roundtable has funding available for projects that will address environmental and recreational water needs involving the Colorado River and its tributaries


From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent:

The Colorado Basin Roundtable (CBRT) is looking to help fund projects that will address environmental and recreational water needs involving the Colorado River and its tributaries. Funding for these projects would be from the roundtable’s Water Supply Reserve Account, which is administered by the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

As much as $2 million may be available for competitive grants statewide. Although there is no limitation to grant requests, typical grants are about $200,000. CBRT hopes to identify up to five projects for near-term funding and implementation, and other projects may be considered for long-term prioritization.

The CBRT is sponsoring an informal workshop to help potential project applicants with the funding process. It takes place from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on March 15, in the Blue River Room of the North Branch Library in Silverthorne. Interested parties should prepare a short project summary based on criteria that can be found on the Colorado River District website at www.ColoradoRiverDistrict.org or by calling Jacob Bornstein, CWCB (303-866-3441) or Lane Wyatt, CBRT (970-468-0295, ext. 116).

More IBCC — basin roundtables coverage here.

Colorado Water 2012 — Justice Hobbs to discuss his book ‘Living the Four Corners: Colorado Centennial State of the Headwaters’ Wednesday in Pueblo


From The Pueblo Chieftain (Gayle Perez):

Hobbs is scheduled to speak from 3 to 4:20 p.m. in the Library and Academic Resource Center, Room 109. Hobbs’ presentation is part of the ongoing Colorado Water 2012 series of speakers being hosted by CSU-Pueblo. The series is free and open to the public.

Here’s the link to the book store page from the Continuing Legal Education Inc. page.

More Colorado Water 2012 coverage here.