Posted on July 9, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
‘Deep Creek’s lower elevation intact ecosystem would contribute to diversity of the national Wild and Scenic River system …’
After seven years of study, the U.S. Forest Service says Deep Creek, in noerthwestern Colorado, is suitable for wild and scenic status.
FRISCO — The U.S. Forest Service says that Colorado’s Deep Creek, flowing out of the Flat Tops Wilderness Area, meets all the criteria for designation as a wild and scenic river.
The agency finalized its determination last month under a decision signed by White River National Forest Supervisor Scott Fitzwilliams, who explained that there no private lands within the Forest Service segment corridor, and that no existing water rights would not be affected by designation.
The Colorado Natural Heritage Program described Deep Creek as having one of the most pristine, intact canyon landscapes in Colorado, with several state and globally rare species.
“Deep Creek’s lower elevation intact ecosystem would contribute to diversity of the national Wild and Scenic River system,” Fitzwilliams wrote in the formal Record of Decision. Continue reading
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Posted on June 24, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
The steady drop in Lake Mead’s water level is a sign of the West’s long-term drought.
Some states may see water cuts in years ahead
FRISCO — Early summer runoff is surging high in the headwaters of the Colorado River, but far below, in the Nevada desert, the water is draining out of Lake Mead faster than the river can replenish it.
The giant reservoir this week hit a new all-time low level, dropping just below 1,075 feet above sea level — a warning sign that some states may have to curtail their use of Colorado River water in the years ahead. Continue reading
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Posted on May 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Tracking the Colorado water plan update via Twitter …
And who speaks for the critters?
Not much diversity in the CWCB meeting room at this remote semi-rural golf course clubhouse near Sterling. Continue reading
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Posted on May 21, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Smart water management and conservation can help reduce drought pressure in the West
Frost-tinged trees gleam in the morning light along the Blue River, a key Colorado River tributary north of Silverthorne, Colorado.
FRISCO — Efforts to conserve water in the drought-stricken Colorado River Basin and across the West got a major boost from the Obama administration this week. Federal resource managers this week announced a $50 million investment to improve water efficiency and conservation in California and 11 other western states. Continue reading
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Posted on May 20, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
In-depth coverage of the Colorado water plan is unfolding in a new series of stories for the Colorado Independent
Gotta love that Colorado River. Want to help save it? Conserve! @bberwyn photo.
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Colorado’s creeping water crisis isn’t as dramatic as a wildfire or a flood, but its consequences could be just as severe. State and federal water experts say the state will see a huge gap between supply and demand within a few decades, and possibly sooner if regional drought continues. Continue reading
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Posted on May 4, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Colorado River Basin snowpack and streamflow forecasts now similar to 1977, 2002 and 2012 drought years
Statewide snowpack is just half of average going into the crucial phase of runoff season.
Don’t miss this year’s State of the River.
FRISCO — Continued drought in the Far West, along with Colorado’s push to develop a first-ever statewide water plan, should be reason enough for Coloradans to take an interest in the state of the Colorado River.
One of the best chances to get a user-friendly update is at the annual State of River meeting, sponsored by the Blue River Watershed Group.
Hands-on water experts will explain how this year’s snowmelt will play out and how that affects operations of Dillon Reservoir and Green Mountain Reservoir — both for water deliveries downstream and for onsite recreational use.
To accommodate a bigger turnout, the State of the River presentation has been moved to the Silverthorne Pavilion (Tuesday, May 5, 6-8 p.m.) Continue reading
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Posted on April 17, 2015 by Bob Berwyn
Lake Powell expected to see about half of average inflow
By Bob Berwyn
FRISCO — Federal water managers downgraded their expectations for Upper Colorado River flows by several notches in the past few weeks, as warm and dry early spring conditions across most of the basin nibbled away at the mountain snowpack that sustains the river’s flows through the summer.
The Bureau of Reclamation today said they expect inflows into Lake Powell to be just 3.75 million acre feet during the key April to July runoff season. That’s just 52 percent of the 1980-2010 average and down 1.35 million acre feet from the projections of just a month ago, when the agency was hoping for 5.1 million acre feet of runoff. Continue reading
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