On Aug. 13, northern Colorado rancher W.D. Farr died at the age of 97. His passing marked the end of an era.
Bill Farr was the last of his generation of visionary “water buffalos” — men who saw that the Front Range could not flourish and grow without undertaking enormous transmountain water diversions from the Colorado River. A near-contemporary of California’s William Mulholland, Farr brought the same drive and determination to obtaining water for the parched cities and farms of northern Colorado. Continue Reading Springs seeking solutions beyond Colorado River for water supplies
Here’s an excerpt from a recent article in the New York Times.
“As struggling newspapers across the country cut back on investigative reporting, a new kind of journalism venture is hoping to fill the gap.
“Paul E. Steiger, who was the top editor of The Wall Street Journal for 16 years, and a pair of wealthy Californians are assembling a group of investigative journalists who will give away their work to media outlets. Continue Reading Interesting investigation into a new old-media proposal
“the Southwest appears to be entering a new drought era … even several of the wetter runs yield increasing drought due to the overwhelming effect of the heat-related moisture loss.”
Nolan Doesken, CSU Climatologist and Klaus Wolter, NOAA Continue Reading Water supply not likely to increase
In 1850, Los Angeles was a tiny Spanish pueblo, relying on the Los Angeles River for its water supply.
The river’s water was distributed by the kind of communal system — dams, waterwheels and ditches — that still exists in parts of Colorado’s San Luis Valley. Continue Reading Mulholland’s moxie made L.A. – for better or worse
I spent much of last weekend in Denver, watching the Rockies and the Broncos.
You won’t be surprised to learn that the Rockies’ win was far more enjoyable than the Broncos’ loss — but, taken together, the events had a certain similarity. Continue Reading Lessons to be learned from watching grown men play
Los Angeles receives water through the Metropolitan Water District, which operates the 242-mile-long Colorado River Aqueduct and delivers water to 20 different municipalities in Southern California.
In 2001, California, which had long used more than its 4.4 million acre-feet allotment granted by the Colorado River Compact of 1922, agreed to end its overuse. As part of the deal, the MWD accepted lower priority rights to Colorado River water than those of agricultural users. Continue Reading Calif. may have squandered its water future
As the Economic Development Corp.’s Mike Kazmierski is fond of pointing out, Colorado Springs has many competitors — not only cities in the Midwest and the Rocky Mountain region, but cities across the nation and in dozens of foreign countries.
In a global economy, companies and the entrepreneurs who create them have virtually limitless choices for locales, chock full of welcoming local governments, available capital and skilled work forces. Continue Reading Bringing up the rear
Are Phoenix water providers, policymakers and the business community prepared for a future of radically curtailed water supplies?
The Phoenix Water Department has prepared contingency plans for a “Water Crisis,” which would be declared when “… emergency supply and use reduction programs are insufficient to meet water demand.” Continue Reading Phoenix appears to have little concern about water
For a desert community, where summertime temperatures routinely exceed 115 degrees, Phoenix uses water with a profligacy that has long astonished newcomers.
Flying into the city, the grays and browns of the desert landscape are transformed into blues and greens. As if it were a finely wrought brooch of turquoise and lapis lazuli, the city seems to be defined by the deep, startling green of golf courses bordered by the shimmering blue of thousands of swimming pools. Continue Reading Pools, golf courses define the Phoenix-area lifestyle
Of all the states that divided the waters of the Colorado River in 1922, Arizona may have cut the best deal — at least it seemed so at the time.
But 85 years later, because of the state’s explosive growth, the ongoing drought and the state’s junior rights to its allocated water, the deal might not be so good after all. Continue Reading Ariz. would bear brunt of water restrictions