South Park: The BLM is gearing up for expanded oil and gas activity

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From The Denver Post (Bruce Finley):

…Aurora Water, local authorities and conservationists are pushing back, demanding careful planning before any land is leased…

“We want to preserve our environment, our water quality, our air quality, our wildlife corridors, our wildlife and fisheries,” [Park County administrator Tom Eisenman] said. “Our economy is based on recreation.”

Aurora Water wants a 1-mile buffer around Spinney Reservoir, utility spokesman Greg Baker said. “We’re concerned about surface contamination,” he said.

The leases being considered for early next year would allow drilling on 2,850 acres, including land within a half mile of Spinney, the large reservoir that holds water for Aurora.

NGWA Conference on Great Plains Aquifers: Beyond the Ogallala — October 25-26

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Here’s the link to their registration webpage.

More groundwater coverage here.

Drought news: Reclamation expects Carter Lake to start dropping at least a foot a day to meet late summer demand

From email from Reclamation (Kara Lamb):

Drought demands are continuing. This week we saw demands come up along the Big Thompson River.

To help meet those demands, we dropped Pinewood and Flatiron reservoirs. We did this in order to postpone turning off the pump to Carter Lake as long as we could. We have reached that point. Today [August 24] at 3 p.m., we turned the pump to Carter off. C-BT water coming over from Granby and the West Slope is being delivered to project demands served off the Big T River below the mouth of the canyon. Without the pump to help slow the draw on Carter from the south, the water elevation will begin to drop more sharply than it has so far–most likely between a foot and a foot and a half a day.

The good news is: boat ramps remain in the water and will be functional for Labor Day weekend.

Click here for a screen shot of the river calls this morning on the South Platte River courtesy of Colorado’s Decision Support Systems.

National Weather Service — ‘Good day for racing’