Colorado Water Conservation Board ends funding for task force studying proposal to divert water from Wyoming to Front Range
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — An oft-discussed proposal to build a 500-mile pipeline from Wyoming’s Flaming Gorge Reservoir to the Colorado Front Range may have taken a body blow this week, as the Colorado Water Conservation Board voted to cut off funding for a task force studying the plan.
Front Range developer Aaron Million has been touting the giant project as a way to alleviate pressure on the mainstem of the Colorado River and deliver water where it’s needed most.
SUMMIT COUNTY — Record high temperatures (94 degrees in Denver) and winds Monday fueled a new wildfire on the Colorado Front Range. The Stuart Hole Fire had grown to more than 200 acres by late in the day, burning in grasslands and ponderosa pine stands, according to Larimer County officials, who are updating information on the fire at the county website.
SUMMIT COUNTY — It didn’t take any lightning or beetle-killed trees for a spate of dangerous wildfires to break out across the Colorado Front Range, just a few weeks of unusually warm weather and a day of high winds, with a red flag fire warning in effect for large parts of Colorado. Fire news from official sources and from residents is streaming on Twitter at #CoFires.
Federal agency will do full emissions inventory, evaluate ozone impacts in permitting process
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Front Range residents will get better information about air quality impacts from gas drilling, as the Bureau of Land Management has agreed to do more studies before permitting additional energy development. The studies will include a full inventory of emissions anticipated during the next 20 years.
Aaron Million wants to build a pipeline to carry water from Wyoming to Front Range
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — Planning for a pipeline project that could deliver Green River water from Flaming Gorge Reservoir in Wyoming to the Colorado Front Range has been moving slowly, and now, Aaron Million, the project’s proponent, has said he wants to speed the process by switching the review and permitting process from the purview of the Army Corps of Engineers to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.
Million has been touting the pipeline for many years , but it’s not clear if the project is viable financially, or if it could deliver as much water as promised. The Corps of Engineers project page is online here.
La Niña conditions that bring warmer and dry conditions to the southern tier of states and in the southern and central Great Plains will increase significant fire potential, while persistent drought across parts of the southern and central U.S. and the mid-Atlantic seaboard will also up the potential for wildfires.
The fire center also says that fuels have been unusually dry across the southern tier of states, expanding areas of “above normal” significant fire potential westward across across southern New Mexico and into southeast Arizona and northward into the Colorado Front Range central plains. Increasing fuel dryness is also expected to expand northward from Florida to the southern and mid-Atlantic seaboard. A warmer-than average February prevailed across parts of the intermountain west and the mid-Atlantic states. Near normal or colder than typical temperatures were observed elsewhere. Continue reading “Spring wildfire potential high across southern U.S.”→