Elk tags, oil and gas hot issues

September 24, 2008

Charlie Meyers / Denver Post

‘What follows are two morality plays that seemingly haven’t the slightest shred of connection, as different as truth and lie.


Western & Colorado Water Project Staff Notes

September 23, 2008

September 2008


We continued to participate in the “visioning” exercise that Colorado’s Inter-Basin Compact Committee is doing around what the state’s water future will look like. http://ibcc.state.co.us/


The first printed copies of the WWP’s 10th Anniversary Report, Water, People, Fish arrived in time for us to distribute to Board and annual meeting attendees. Additional copies will arrive soon and information will be available on CTU’s website and National’s Western Water conservation page.



We completed the white paper about the next generation of TU’s Conservation Success Index (CSI) and made a presentation with the task force’s recommendations to TU’s Board of Directors. More information on this will be forthcoming and expect to see some changes on the CSI website as a result of this effort as well.



Excellent news on the hiring front! The Colorado Water Project hired Greg Espegren to be its aquatic specialist. Formerly, Greg was with the Colorado Division of Wildlife and the Colorado Water Conservation Board. And, after a thorough search of an excellent pool of candidates, we’ve filled the WWP Communications Director position with Randy Scholfield, the editorial writer for the Wichita Eagle newspaper and an avid TU member and angler, who was previously an organizer with the Great Plains Earth Institute and a teacher after having been awarded a PhD in English.


TU and the other parties to the Colorado water court proceedings to quantify the Black Canyon reserved water right are engaged in mediation. The lawyers have reached agreement on a proposed decree. The parties’ principals are now reviewing.


We met with the proponents of expanding Rio Grande Reservoir. The proponents claim that expanded storage capacity could be used to improve late season flows in the Rio Grande River. We are evaluating the expansion and will be providing input.



The Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) has released its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on Colorado Springs’ Southern Delivery System (SDS). We have prepared draft comments on the EIS. We have also been discussing mitigation measures with the BOR and Colorado Springs: http://www.sdseis.com/


The Army Corps of Engineers released its Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the Northern District’s Northern Integrated Supply Project (NISP). We submitted comments on the EIS in September. http://www.ncwcd.org/project_features/nisp_main.asp



We will be reviewing Denver’s Federal Energy Regulatory Commission license application related to expanding Gross Reservoir on South Boulder Creek. Comments are due at the end of September.


Fraser Valley water officials optimistic about device that vacuums sediment from streams

September 21, 2008

Environmental report for Chimney Hollow shows possible effects of reservoir southwest of Loveland

September 19, 2008

By Pamela Dickman
Loveland Reporter-Herald

‘The 90,000-acre-foot reservoir near Carter Lake (southwest of Loveland) would store water from the Windy Gap project for Front Range communities.’


Feds defend BLM’s Roan Plateau drilling plan

September 19, 2008

The government, in response to a lawsuit filed by a coalition of 10 environmental groups [including CTU] in July, denied allegations that the BLM’s plan for natural gas development on the Roan Plateau violated the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), court documents show.


River Rehab

September 19, 2008

by David Halterman – Durango Telegraph

‘Now that river levels have dropped, monsoon season is over, and tuber sightings are as rare as ants teeth, the banks of the Animas River have been calling for a bit of attention. Well, they got it last Saturday morning as local volunteers came out to cash in on a little river karma while tidying up the shoreline. Organized by Ty Churchwell of Trout Unlimited….”


What’s the rush on oil shale?

September 19, 2008

Denver Post Opinion

A premature plan to open vast Western energy reserves to development (if states approve) could cost taxpayers trillions….