Tackling Colorado fracking issues requires ongoing dialogue

April 21, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

asdfg A fracking rig in Garfield County. @bberwyn photo

Keystone Policy Center calls for creation of new entity to resolve local control questions

By Bob Berwyn

FRISCO — Resolving issues associated with oil and gas development in Colorado requires an ongoing dialogue, according to the Keystone Policy Center, which last week urged Governor John Hickenlooper and state legislative leaders to continue the work of the oil and gas task force that tried to tackle the thorny question of local versus state control.

The Keystone Policy Center facilitated the efforts of the task force, which recently submitted a list of recommendations to the state in its final report. Some of recommendations could be addressed as part of the state budgeting process, while others may result in new rules from the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission.

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Standing on the Shoulders of Colorado’s Water Leaders

April 21, 2015

Originally posted on Your Water Colorado Blog:

11059322_887335507983780_2357387834280974179_n Cheryl Benedict facilitates the first Water Leaders session for the 2015 class.

It’s all about the interpersonal skills. The more senior you advance in an organization, the more important your emotional intelligence becomes—it’s a big predictor of success, and is especially true in the water profession, says Cheryl Benedict, Water Leaders facilitator.

Through the Colorado Foundation for Water Education’s Water Leaders program, mid-level water professionals have the opportunity to explore emotional intelligence and network with a cohort of others who live and work across Colorado. The 2015 class of Water Leaders met for the first time last month.

“Every class I’ve facilitated has been amazing,” Benedict says. “One of the consistent characteristics I’ve noticed about each of the participants is how cause-motivated and passionate they are about the water profession…Frankly, I’m smitten with the whole Water Leader group.”

11070223_887335551317109_6392486909950057439_n The 2015 class of Water Leaders

Last month, the 2015 Water…

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Study says global warming will bring drought to western U.S. sooner rather than later

April 17, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Historical water data not a good basis for planning; strategic planning and prompt action needed

Staff Report

FRISCO —The western U.S. will likely be one of the first places to experience unprecedented drought driven by climate change, according to new research by scientists with the Vienna-based International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis.

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Starting small, thinking big

April 17, 2015

Originally posted on Mile High Water Talk:

Ezzie Sauter Baca, water treatment technician (left), and Andrea Song, water treatment engineer (right), discuss an experiment using the pilot treatment plant’s replica filters. The filter tubes are filled with anthracite and granular activated carbon to strain out particles from the water. Ezzie Sauter Baca, water treatment technician (left), and Andrea Song, water treatment engineer (right), discuss an experiment using the pilot treatment plant’s replica filters. The filter tubes are filled with anthracite and granular activated carbon to strain out particles from the water.

Starting small, thinking big

Miniature treatment plant helps engineers reduce cost, footprint of new facility

By Jay Adams

How do you design a new water treatment plant that will cost several hundred million dollars and last more than 50 years — and make sure you get it right?

Start small.

One of Denver Water’s most important construction projects in three decades begins in a small room tucked away inside the 78-year-old Moffat Water Treatment Plant.

There, in a storage room 18 feet wide and 37 feet long, engineers and plant operators are running tests on a miniature version of a treatment facility that will eventually be the prototype…

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Storing Water Underground Holds Promise for South Metro

April 17, 2015

Originally posted on Your Water Colorado Blog:

Well ASR

By Eric Hecox

Last week I discussed the South Metro Water Supply Authority’s “all of the above” approach to solving the problems articulated in CFWE’s 2007 Citizen’s Guide to Denver Basin Groundwater. A critical part of our plan in creating a secure water future is storage. As we pursue surface water storage such as the Chatfield Reallocation Project and Reuter-Hess Reservoir, we are also pursuing the implementation of Aquifer Storage and Recovery (ASR) throughout the South Metro area.

ASR, as defined in the 2007 Citizen’s Guide, is the storage of water in a suitable aquifer through direct injection in a well when water is available and later recovery of the water from the same well when it is needed.

ASR has been successfully implemented in portions of the Denver Basin for more that 20 years. South Metro Water and several of our members are actively exploring options to broaden…

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Viewpoint: A silver lining on the California drought

April 14, 2015

Originally posted on Your Water Colorado Blog:

By Jennifer Riley-Chetwynd

As a Coloradan, I might be accused of a bit of schadenfreude when I say I am happy that California is experiencing a well-reported drought. People in our state have been known to bemoan the influx of Californians—every year it seems there are more Golden State license plates on our streets as more Angelenos and San Franciscans alike flock to our relatively cost-effective and crowd-free lifestyle. In the interest of full disclosure: While I’m a Denver native, my mobile phone still has a 310 area code, a legacy of having spent many years in Los Angeles.

It does not make me happy to see pictures of California reservoirs with bathtub rings hundreds of feet above the current water levels. And, as any skier would be, I was sad to see grass and rocks where there should have been snow behind California Gov. Jerry Brown announcing mandatory rationing

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Major water woes looming in the West

April 10, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Record low streamflows expected in many areas this summer

asfdg Precipitation for the 2015 water year- to-date is now below normal over most of the West except for some northwestern areas. The dry March has significantly affected this picture since a month ago, when far more of the West was near normal.

Staff Report

FRISCO —Federal water watchers say their April 1 readings show that precipitation thus far in the 2015 water year (beginning October 1, 2014) is now below normal over most of the West except for some northwestern areas and coastal Alaska.

Snowpack has declined significantly since last month throughout the West due to the warm and dry March. Only high- elevation areas in the Rocky Mountains and Interior Alaska retain somewhat near normal snowpack.

Streamflow forecasts have dropped since last month due to a lack of snow accumulation during March and an early snowmelt, with most regions now…

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