#Snowpack #Runoff news:

Westwide SNOTEL map May 27,  2016 via the NRCS.
Westwide SNOTEL map May 27, 2016 via the NRCS.

From the Fort Collins Coloradoan (Alicia Stice):

Running just above 6 feet, the river is still comfortably below its 10-foot flood level in Fort Collins, though flows remain well above average for this time of year. Thursday, the Poudre River gauge in Fort Collins recorded 1,930 cubic feet per second, almost three times the average for the site. Late-season snowfall has meant a higher-than-usual snowpack this year, which can cause the river to rise quickly. The South Platte River Basin is at 139 percent of the average snowpack for this date, Huse said.

Colorado cities, counties to lobby state on climate change

#ClimateChange

Summit County Citizens Voice

New organization to push for more aggresive steps to curb greenhouse gases

Is Colorado a hotspot for global warming? Is Colorado a hotspot for global warming?

Staff Report

Nine Colorado cities and counties are forming a new group that aims to push the state to take more aggressive action to slow climate change.

The new group, Communities for Climate Action, will lobby the state government and participate in state agency proceedings to to represent local interests in climate protection, energy efficiency, and clean energy, according to Stephen Saunders, president of the Rocky Mountain Climate Organization, which is administering the new organization.

Saunders said the coalition’s goals could include support for pro-climate bills in the State Legislature, advocating for an effective state plan to comply with the federal Clean Power Plan and lobbying Gov. John Hickenlooper to urge more aggressive state climate actions.

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When it comes to water, this ‘Wells’ runs deep

Mile High Water Talk

As a key voice in the state water plan, Patti Wells is shaping the conversation by challenging the norm.

By Steve Snyder

Water in its purest form is devoid of color. But in Colorado, people tend to see water issues in terms of black and white.

That’s where Patti Wells comes in.

“I love punching holes in stereotypes,” Wells said.

In addition to her role as general counsel for Denver Water, Wells was recently reappointed to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, a state agency tasked with creating policy direction on water issues.

As a member of the conservation board, Wells was an active contributor to the recently completed Colorado Water Plan. In the discussions, she challenged some long-held beliefs and stereotypes about water use, to make sure all voices in the discussions were heard.

Patti Wells (far left) at her reappointment to the Colorado Water Conservation Board. Patti Wells (far left) at her reappointment to the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

“I…

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Latest News – May 21

Leadville Today

All Aboard! Specials and Packages on the Rails

Next Saturday, May 28 the Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad‘s (LCSR) will blow the whistle on its 28th year in business. So “All Aboard” to catch up with what’s happening on the Leadville train.

The Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad track crew worked hard to clear all of the snow off the train tracks earlier this month. Opening Day is one week from today, May 28. Photo: LCSR The Leadville, Colorado and Southern Railroad track crew worked hard to clear all of the snow off the train tracks earlier this month. Opening Day for the 2016 summer season is one week from today, Saturday, May 28. All Aboard! Photo: LCSR


Spac_50Daily train rides will begin over memorial Day Weekend, with an afternoon ride leaving at 1 p.m. until June 18, when things kick into high gear with two-a-days, departures at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

This year, there are more packages and special rides than ever. If you and your family/group are looking for some Rocky Mountain adventure, take your pick from the “Raft and Rail”…

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April marks 12 consecutive months of record high global temps

Summit County Citizens Voice

Record high readings on 3 continents

April 2016 global warming map Global heat wave continues in April 2016.

Staff Report

April’s average global temperature registered at 1.98 degrees Fahrenheit above the 20th century average, marking the 12th month in a row with a new record high temperature.

It’s the longest such streak since record-keeping started in 1880, according to NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information, which released its monthly State of the Climate report this week. The average global temperature for the year-to-date (January to April) is also the warmest on record, and by such a large margin that most climate experts expect 2016 to end up as the warmest year ever for planet Earth.

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Water Manager and Restoration Specialist, Heather Dutton

Your Water Colorado Blog

This Friday, May 20th, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education will celebrate water education and water leadership at its annual President’s Award Reception.  Each year, CFWE honors recent work by a young Colorado professional with the Emerging Leader Award. This year CFWE will recognize Heather Dutton, the new manager of the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District with this award. Join the celebration later this week. Register here to attend this Friday at 6 pm at Space Gallery. We’ll enjoy refreshments, a famous game of “Wine Toss,” exciting new activities, and a fun evening with friends.

By Justice Greg Hobbs

heather_dutton_webHeather Dutton, the newest manager of the San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District, glories in the heritage of the Rio Grande River. She’s a fifth-generation daughter of the Valley’s farming and ranching community, like her father Doug, who farms in the center of the Valley. A 2008 graduate of Colorado State University, she double-majored in…

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A hard act to follow: After tackling a toilet, now what?

Mile High Water Talk

‘Use Only What You Need’ campaign turned heads about conservation. Today’s water challenges demand more of the same.

Denver Water’s 2015 campaign, "You Can't Make This Stuff" won for Best Street Furniture/Transit/Alternative Campaign in the 2016 Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s OBIE awards. Denver Water’s 2015 campaign, “You Can’t Make This Stuff” won for Best Street Furniture/Transit/Alternative Campaign in the 2016 Outdoor Advertising Association of America’s OBIE awards.

By Ann Baker

Maybe it was the time a giant toilet ran across Mile High Stadium to a stunned crowd, getting tackled by a security guard as the scoreboard blared: Stop Running Toilets.

Or maybe it was when professional landscapers and horticulture professors wrote disgruntled letters about billboards and radio spots that joked, “Grass is Dumb.”

At some point in the past decade, Denver Water’s signature orange box asking customers to Use Only What You Need became advertising legend in the metro area, winning countless awards, prompting dozens of requests to buy the rights for the campaign, and even eliciting interest for use on…

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