North Weld considers partial lifting of tap moratorium as more developers threaten legal action — The #Greeley Tribune

Water infrastructure as sidewalk art

Click the link to read the article on The Greeley Tribune (Christopher Wood I). Here’s an excerpt:

The district’s board of directors will consider a proposal to lift partially the moratorium that it imposed on Sept. 29, when it blamed the 1041 regulatory process in Fort Collins and Larimer County for potentially delaying the proposed NEWT III pipeline, which would extend from North Timberline Road in Fort Collins 5.3 miles eastward into unincorporated Larimer County.

The tap moratorium prompted the town of Severance to impose a moratorium on building permits.

The North Weld County Water District’s board of directors Monday will consider lifting the moratorium in four identified zones within the district — Zones 1, 2, 7 and 7B — but would still limit tap sales to 120 per year.

Jerry Sonnenberg says #Nebraska Governor Ricketts ignored his offer to talk about #SouthPlatteRiver #water rights: Gov. Polis calls for ‘thoughtful Nebraskans’ to work with #Colorado for mutual benefit — The #FortMorgan Times

Governor Clarence J. Morley signing Colorado River compact and South Platte River compact bills, Delph Carpenter standing center. Unidentified photographer. Date 1925. Print from Denver Post. From the CSU Water Archives

Click the link to read the article on The Fort Morgan Times (Jeff Rice). Here’s an excerpt:

Colorado State Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling, told the Journal-Advocate he’d reached out to Ricketts in January and offered to travel to Lincoln to discuss the issue. Apparently, however, Ricketts wasn’t interested.

“I reached out to Gov. Ricketts by phone, identifying myself and suggesting we talk,” Sonnenberg said. “I was immediately transferred to his scheduler and shared my contact information. I suggested we should talk and I was happy to meet him in Lincoln. I never received a return call.”

Other Colorado officials would be willing to work with Nebraska as well. Asked Friday whether Gov. Jared Polis would be willing to negotiate with Ricketts on the water issue, a spokesperson in Polis’ office gave the following statement:

“Gov. Polis will continue to aggressively defend our water rights for the Eastern Plains, our farmers and ranchers, and all of Colorado. Colorado will fight for our interests, uphold our obligations in good faith, and oppose attempts to divert Colorado’s rightful precious water resources. This canal to nowhere would clearly be a huge waste of Nebraska taxpayer money and is unlikely to ever be built. There remains time for thoughtful Nebraskans to avoid this boondoggle and focus on meaningful water policy working with partners like Colorado.”

Dry week across Pagosa Country — The #PagosaSprings Sun #SanJuanRiver #ColoradoRiver #COriver #aridification

Click the link to read the article on The Pagosa Springs Sun (Clayton Chaney). Here’s an excerpt:

As of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9, Wolf Creek Ski Area is reporting a total of 251 inches of snowfall for the season so far.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Water and Climate Center’s snow pack report, the Wolf Creek summit, at 11,000 feet of elevation, had 25.1 inches of snow water equivalent as of 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 9. That amount is 121 percent of that date’s median snow water equivalent and is up from last week’s reading on Feb. 2 of 24.1 inches of snow water equivalent. The San Miguel, Dolores, Animas and San Juan river basins were at 95 percent of the Feb. 9 median in terms of snow pack.

River report

According to the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), the San Juan River was flowing at a rate of 48.4 cfs in Pagosa Springs as of 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 9. Based on 86 years of water records at this site, the average flow rate for this date is 61 cfs. The highest recorded rate for this date was in 2015 at 116 cfs. The lowest recorded rate was 27 cfs, recorded in 1964.

Fly-fishing outfitters come together to support sustainable recreation on the Uncompaghre River — Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership #UncompahgreRiver

The Uncompahgre River in winter. The view is from a bridge over Trout Road in southern Montrose County, Colorado. By Jeffrey Beall – Own work, CC BY 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=87621239

From email from the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (Tanya Ishikawa):

This time of winter, as temperatures dip below freezing, minds can wander to white sand beaches and blue ocean waters, or summer plans for warmer days on mountain rivers and lakes. Two local fishing outfitters are offering a way to escape to those destinations through movies and a party, with all proceeds headed toward projects that benefit the Uncompahgre River.

RIGS Fly Shop (https://fishrigs.com/) in Ridgway and Telluride Angler (https://tellurideangler.com/) are celebrating all things fly fishing with an array of short films from destinations around the world, all while raising awareness and funds to support projects on the Uncompahgre River Watershed. Ticket sales for “A Benefit for the Uncompahgre River – 2022 Fly Fishing Film Tour” at the Ouray County 4H Events Center in Ridgway on Saturday, March 19 will fund sustainable recreation efforts of the nonprofit Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP).

“This benefit will be critical to funding sustainable recreation planning and projects along the Uncompahgre River. Donations and support from the local community are key for UWP to become successful with obtaining grant funding,” said UWP Sustainable Recreation Coordinator Dan Chehayl.

Sponsors are providing prizes, such as a Yeti cooler with custom art and fishing gear, to win in a variety of ways at the event. Ouray Brewery is donating beer, which will be sold to raise more funds for watershed projects. Food will also be available.

“The film festival is going to be a fun event this year. We’ll have some great films to watch and beer from Ouray Brewery. I’m really excited about an auction item we have up for grabs: a white Yeti Tundra 45 adorned with Em Yardley’s custom artwork!” added Chehayl.

The 16th annual Fly Fishing Film Tour upholds the national event’s tradition of firing up outdoor adventurers for the season ahead. The 2022 film lineup features locations including Costa Rica, Maryland, Belize, Louisiana, Alabama, Australia, Colombia, Colombia, and beyond. Audiences can view the incredible energy of a cicada hatch in action, follow a legendary spear fisherman across the endless atolls of Belize, watch as a mother passes her passion for fishing down to the next generation, and explore the history of one of the most legendary tarpon fisheries in the world at Casa Mar.

In addition to local sponsors, RIGS Fly Shop and Telluride Angler, the film tour’s national sponsors are Costa, Yeti, Simms Fishing, Trout Unlimited, Scientific Anglers, Ross and Abel Reels, Nokian Tyres, Adipose Boatworks and Oskar Blues Brewing. The local beer sponsor is Ouray Brewery.

On March 19, doors open at 6 p.m. and films start at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 online in advance or $30 at the door. The ticket website is: https://flyfilmtour.myeventscenter.com/event/A-Benefit-For-The-Uncompahgre-River-59256

For information on the Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership, go to https://www.uncompahgrewatershed.org/.

Fryingpan River downstream of Ruedi Reservoir. Photo credit Greg Hobbs