#Snowpack news: #Colorado, where all basins are average or above

Click on a thumbnail graphic to view a gallery of snowpack data from the Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Meanwhile, here’s what things look like westwide.

Westwide SNOTEL February 9, 2016 via the NRCS.
Westwide SNOTEL February 9, 2016 via the NRCS.

8 trends and takeaways from this year’s Water Congress

Mile High Water Talk

What I heard from the water pros: collaboration, climate change — and the state water plan recited as a poem.

By Katie Knoll

Call me a water nerd, but I love going to the Colorado Water Congress annual convention every year.

But it can be exhausting. Three days of networking and catching up with professional colleagues (and friends) can wear a girl down, but it’s totally worth it.

Harold Miskel, recipient of the 2016 Aspinall Water Leader of the Year Award, is joined by past winners, including Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead. Photo credit: Colorado Water Congress.

The convention is devoted to education and conversation on all things water. It begins with a full day of educational workshops, followed by two days of informational seminars led by the top minds on water from around the state. And it’s all rounded out with a sprinkling of federal and state legislative affairs…

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Increase in Vail-area mountain lion sightings may be caused by humans feeding other wildlife

Summit County Citizens Voice

dfgh Mountain lions are roaming through residential areas around Vail. Photo courtesy CPW.

‘We have lions in the area, and in fact, they have been here for quite some time with very few incidents …’

Staff Report

Colorado wildlife managers say recent sightings of mountain lions around Vail may be the result of humans feeding prey animals, especially foxes. A string of recent lion sightings have a common thread, according to long-time district wildlife manager Bill Andree.

At each location where lion conflicts have been reported, there have also been red foxes present. Andree said it’s possible that people are feeding foxes or allowing trash and other attractants to be available. That can be a major catalyst for serious interactions with mountain lions, he cautioned.

This week, a man walking his dog near Buffehr Creek Road north of Interstate 70 in Vail told wildlife officers that he witnessed his pet come…

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Denver Water: United in orange

Mile High Water Talk

And proud to be the official water provider of the Denver Broncos.

By Jimmy Luthye

Did you hear?

There’s some sort of Super Bowl thing happening this weekend. And rumor has it, your Denver Broncos have fought and clawed their way to America’s biggest game, featuring millions of dollars in advertising, one of the craziest media circuses on the planet, and a sure-to-be classic Coldplay/Beyonce/Bruno Mars concert at halftime. Because, why not?

We’re not claiming credit for the Broncos’ success, because that would be absurd. We are, however, proud to say our water consistently quenched the thirst of this phenomenal group of athletes on their way to the Super Bowl. Like Adam Sandler before us, we knew how important it was to keep them hydrated with that high-quality H2O.

They’re in the hands of the Bay Area, now. And with that, we have one simple request of the water providers in…

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Colorado lawmakers want to beef up state climate plan

Summit County Citizens Voice

sdf Global temperatures are rising inexorably. A state climate plan with teeth could ensure that Colorado is doing its part to meet the goals of the 2015 climate agreement reached at the COP21 talks in Paris.

Proposed House Bill 1004 would require state to set measurable targets and report progress annually to lawmakers

By Bob Berwyn

Colorado climate activists and their allies in the State Legislature want to add some teeth to a climate plan released last year by the Hickenlooper administration. The plan acknowledges the impacts and establishes a vague framework for addressing global warming in Colorado, but was criticized for lacking measurable targets.

2015 was by far the hottest year on record for the globe, breaking the record set in 2014. It was the third-warmest year on record for Colorado. The year also saw a modern record set for wildfires, as well as the most widespread bloom of…

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Ending a Rocky Mountain ‘Family Feud’

#ColoradoRiver

Mile High Water Talk

New environmental alliance aims to let no voice go unheard in protecting the Grand County waterways.

By Jimmy Luthye

Not so long ago, it looked like the water feud between the Front Range and the West Slope might carry on forever — a Rocky Mountain version of the Hatfields vs. McCoys, or the Montagues vs. Capulets.

Williams Fork Reservoir in Grand County.

“The traditional approach was for the West Slope and the East Slope to just fight with each other,” Denver Water CEO/Manager Jim Lochhead recently told Lance Maggart of Grand County’s Ski-High News. “We would litigate and argue. But there is no benefit to the environment from us just arguing.”

Now, as 2016 kicks off, the conflict appears to be receding, though the issues remain. Water is simply too precious a resource for there not to be concerns over where it all goes, and to whom.

But something has…

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Study says there’s little chance recent record global temps are due to natural variability

Summit County Citizens Voice

‘Natural climate variations just can’t explain the observed recent global heat records, but man-made global warming can …’

asfdg Record-warm global temperatures are not due to natural variability.

Staff Report

It’s no accident that 13 out of the 15 warmest years on record have all occurred during the current century, according to climate researchers, who said there’s an “extreme likelihood” that the recent spate of warmth is caused by human-made climate change.

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