Public input sought on Gross Reservoir expansion

November 30, 2009

By Laura Snider Camera Staff Writer

Denver Water plans to make up almost half of its projected water shortfall in 2030 with water conservation methods, which is laudable, according to Drew Peternell, director of Trout Unlimited’s Colorado Water Project.

“I think Denver deserves credit for good conservation,” he said. “But more can be done.”

Peternell said Denver Water should look at other ways to meet its growing demand — including more water-reuse projects and agriculture water-sharing arrangements — before sucking more water out of tributaries to the Colorado Rivers, including the Fraser.

“The Fraser River is the river in Colorado that is the most heavily depleted,” Peternell said. “It’s just really beat up.”

Citizens urged to weigh in on Denver proposal to divert more water from Fraser River

November 30, 2009
By Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Grand County, CO Colorado

“Multiple water diversions have pushed the Fraser River to the brink of collapse,” said Kirk Klancke, president of the Colorado Headwaters Chapter of Trout Unlimited.

TU, the Colorado Environmental Coalition and a broad group of conservation organizations warn that a proposal to divert more water from the Fraser, a tributary to the Colorado River, poses a serious risk to the ecological health of the river system.

Denver Water looks for more mountain water

November 30, 2009
By Bob Berwyn
summit daily news

“Front Range residents must recognize the connection between our water use and the health of our rivers and streams, fisheries and wildlife habitat,” said Colorado Trout Unlimited director Dave Nickum. “We can’t continue to take and take from these rivers without accounting for our impacts. The glass is not even half full. It’s almost drained dry.”

Study shows possible coalbed methane effects

November 25, 2009

Craig Daily Press – By Collin Smith

An ongoing study into the possible effects of coalbed methane production in the Sand Wash Basin now shows the area has deep faults potentially connecting coal seams and near-surface water reservoirs.

This would mean activity in those coal seams could affect water resources used by local residents. Read more

McInnis, Maes promise an oil and gas rig in every pot if elected governor

November 25, 2009

The Colorado Independent – by By David O. Williams

The two remaining GOP gubernatorial candidates won’t even wait to see how new, environmentally tougher oil and gas drilling regulations work during an actual gas boom, according to the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel, instead promising to yank the regs as quickly as possible if elected.

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Oil and gas industry slams Salazar for yanking drilling leases near Utah parks

November 22, 2009

the Colorado Independent – by By David O. Williams 11/20/09 3:31 PM

Salazar, who outright pulled eight of the leases near critical national parks like Arches and Canyonlands and deferred 52 others for more study, said they were sold at the direction of Bush administration officials trying to push them through on their way out the White House doors. Read more

Debate continues over off-road vehicle use

November 22, 2009

Summit Daily News – by Bob Berwyn

Growth of motorized recreation spurs funding questions

A coalition of conservation and outdoor user groups wants to earmark specific portions of the $3.2 million pot for restoration and law enforcement, but some regional public land administrators, along with representatives of motorized groups, advocated the status quo….
 Speaking on behalf of Colorado Trout Unlimited, Dave Peterson said enforcement and restoration efforts haven’t come close to keeping pace with the growth in off-road use in recent years. Read more