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Water wars, warriors still changing history in West

Drive west to the mountains, the ski resorts and the picturesque towns of the Western Slope, or north to Denver and Wyoming, or east to the sprawling ranches and farms of the high plains, or southwest to New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. You’re not just traveling; you’re visiting enemy territory. “Whisky’s for drinking,… Continue Reading Water wars, warriors still changing history in West

Simple questions about our water

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As the Waldo Canyon fire made abundantly clear, we need to think about water in the arid high desert in which we live. That prompted me to ask Gary Bostrom, Colorado Springs Utilities’ chief water services officer, how much water we use. Two weeks later, I received an answer from Mark Murphy, who works in… Continue Reading Simple questions about our water

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Some northern Colorado cities are earning thousands of dollars selling municipal water for use in hydraulic fracturing or fracking. The Fort Collins Coloradoan reported Sunday that the town of Windsor sold more than 8.4 million gallons to the oil and gas industry for nearly $17,000 between Nov. 1 and March 1. The town sold no… Continue Reading Colo. cities profit by selling water for fracking

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Colorado snowpack up, but not enough

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Forecasters say February snowstorms helped increase snowpack in Colorado, but not enough to solve the state’s water problems. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that statewide snowpack increased to 81 percent of average, up 9 percentage points from the 72 percent of average recorded on Feb. 1. Forecasters say despite these gains, this year’s… Continue Reading Colorado snowpack up, but not enough

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SDS still offering contracts

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The Southern Delivery System could mean big business for local contractors, even though major portions of work have already been promised to out-of-state firms. Continue Reading SDS still offering contracts

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Ag is top water user of Arkansas River in Colo.

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More than 86 percent of the water diverted from the Arkansas River Basin in Colorado is used to irrigate crops, even though urban areas have been buying water rights for the past 60 years. The Pueblo Chieftain reported on its website Monday (http://bit.ly/psO3nR ) that the percentage is even higher in four counties east of… Continue Reading Ag is top water user of Arkansas River in Colo.

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A big party at the Pueblo Dam last month marked the start of construction of the Southern Delivery System But not everyone is celebrating. Government leaders in Pueblo are holding their breath, hoping that the controversy that plagued the project is gone for good. “But we’ll have to wait and see,” said John Cordova, chairman… Continue Reading Phase I construction of 62-mile SDS pipeline under way

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ITT splits into three companies

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ITT Corporation, which has a division headquartered in the Springs, has re-organized branches of its companies. The company is spinning off its water technology and creating a defense company. ITT’s core business will continue under the ITT Corporation name. It will also retain ITT Mission Systems, the group headquartered in the Springs, which performs satellite… Continue Reading ITT splits into three companies

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Two Rivers Water Co. says it is has acquired 1,500 acres of previously irrigated farmland in southern Colorado for $450,000. CEO John McKowen says the company is looking to produce organic alfalfa on the land using water from Orlando Reservoir and associated water rights that it bought in January for $3.1 million. McKowen said Tuesday… Continue Reading Two Rivers Water buys land in southern Colorado

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Denver Water and leaders from the Western Slope are poised to announce details of an unprecedented agreement to supply water to the Denver area while also recognizing water and environmental needs of western Colorado. Western Slope interests and Denver Water have been negotiating the Colorado River Cooperative Agreement for five years to try to balance… Continue Reading Water deal balances Denver, western Colo. needs

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