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
The 1922 compact, which divided the flow of the Colorado River among seven western states, allocated 7.5 million acre-feet to the Upper Basin states of Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and New Mexico.
Colorado’s share amounts to 51.75 percent of 7.5 million acre-feet, or slightly more than 3.88 million acre-feet annually. Colorado diverts less than the state’s allotment, so, it would seem that we could tap the river for more. Continue Reading Lingering question: Is there still water to develop?
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
In a rapid, coordinated effort to prevent the U.S. Olympic Committee, and possibly the Olympic Training Center, from leaving Colorado Springs, the city is seeking to partner with one of four developer groups to provide new facilities for the organizations.
The city, according to multiple sources who would speak only on condition of anonymity, recently issued a confidential request for information to which it received four responses. The RFI asked developers to partner with the city to provide the USOC with additional athlete housing and a new headquarters building. Continue Reading City seeking to block courtship of USOC
City services and infrastructure are unsustainable at current levels.
That’s the conclusion drawn in the city’s 2008 budget, which for the third time during the last 10 years shows a decrease in spending from the previous year.
“It has become increasingly clear that the City’s current revenue structure is not sufficient to maintain current service levels and standards,” according to the budget. “A comprehensive examination of the City’s revenue structure and delivery of services must be completed.” Continue Reading Budget bombshell: City services unsustainable