Green with envy: The one step to help your yard look good all year.

May 28, 2015

Originally posted on Mile High Water Talk:

Green with envy: The one step to help your yard look good all year.

By Kim Unger

Spring is in the air! Thanks to the recent rain, flowers are blooming, trees are swaying in the breeze and the grass is a fantastic shade of forest green. This gift from Mother Nature won’t last, but with one simple step, you can make sure your new sod and flowers do. Soil may not be first on your mind, but it holds the key to a good-looking, healthy yard.

Denver’s native soils are clay-like or sandy, meaning they don’t hold water well. The best thing you can do before planting or adding new sod is to amend your soil by adding compost. Incorporating plant-based compost into your soil before you start those landscape changes will have long-term benefits, including healthy plants and lower water use.

Need a little help getting started?…

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Environment: New Clean Water Rule finalized, but the fighting is not over

May 28, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Big loopholes for industry, farms will continue to threaten water quality

Staff Report

FRISCO — After years of wrangling, the EPA has finalized a new rule intended to define which streams are covered under the Clean Water Act. The debate goes back more than a decade to a pair of court rulings that called into question whether smaller tributaries and seasonal streams are subject to federal regulations.

Yesterday’s announcement probably won’t end the fighting — Republicans in Congress have launched a bitter attack on the rule at the behest of big polluters like industrial farms and factories, and some national conservation groups like the Waterkeeper Alliance say the new rule is too weak, and rolls back protection for some streams that were previously covered.

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Tickets on Sale Now for The Great Divide Film Premiere

May 28, 2015

Originally posted on Your Water Colorado Blog:

great divideThe Great Divide, a feature length documentary exploring the historic influence of water in connecting and dividing an arid state and region, will premiere at the University of Denver’s Newman Center for the Performing Arts at 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2015. Tickets cost just $20.00 and are on sale now.  Proceeds will place the film in all public schools and libraries across the state. Can’t make the premiere? CFWE, with the Colorado Water Congress, is working with Havey Productions to take the film on tour around the state this fall. Stay tuned for dates to see the film in your corner of the state.


The Great Divide is being produced by the Emmy award-winning team at Havey Productions, in association with Colorado Humanities.  The crew has filmed in every corner of Colorado and all of its major river basins. Millions of people, billions of dollars and an enormous amount of…

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An open letter to Jay Z

May 26, 2015

Originally posted on Mile High Water Talk:

An open letter to Jay Z

Denver Water weighs in on the rap mogul’s recent comments about the price of water and how it relates to music

By Steve Snyder

LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 22:  Rapper Jay-Z performs onstage at the 2009 American Music Awards at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 22, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Jay-Z Rapper Jay Z performs onstage at the 2009 American Music Awards on Nov. 22, 2009, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)

Dear Jay Z,

First of all: Big fan! I’ve listened to your music for years; I’ve admired how you’ve become much more than an entertainer, and you have perhaps the coolest line I’ve ever heard, “I’m not a businessman, I’m a business, man.”

But recently, you made a comparison about water and music.  And since water is my business, I have to say, “Stick to your own business, man!”

I get what you are saying. Artists should be paid for the music they create. But to say that “water is free while music is $6” isn’t…

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Anglers invited to join citizen science effort

May 24, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

TroutBlitz helps conservation and restoration efforts

Fishing for cutthroat trout at Clinton Gulch Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado. Fishing for cutthroat trout at Clinton Gulch Reservoir, Summit County, Colorado.

Staff Report

FRISCO — It’s not always easy to gather good scientific data, especially in an era when political ideology drives policy, resulting in budget cuts that hamper government agencies.

That’s where citizen science can help, and Trout Unlimited wants anglers around the country to help record evidence of their trout catches both photographically and via mapping coordinates with the relaunch of TroutBlitz.

TU’s science team uses the data collected from anglers to learn more about native trout water, non-native trout proliferation and the health of entire watersheds.

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Colorado: Big flows expected in Blue River

May 24, 2015

Originally posted on Summit County Citizens Voice:

Good news for boaters

Staff Report

FRISCO — Late-season storms have helped boost snowpack in the Blue River to near last year’s level, promising healthy runoff and flows in Summit County, according to Denver Water.

The effects of the steady barrage of spring storms is already showing up the Lower Blue River, where flows are increasing due to increased releases from Dillon Reservoir, according to Denver Water, which won’t be diverting water through the Roberts Tunnel until mid-July at the earliest.

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EPA’s new WOTUS rule expected soon, amid pushback

May 22, 2015

Originally posted on Your Water Colorado Blog:

Photo with permission by John B. Kalla High-country wetland with Colorado aspens. Photo with permission by John B. Kalla via Flickr.

By Mark Scharfenaker

Wherefloweth the Clean Water Act Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule jointly proposed last spring by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers? The rule clarifies which waters are covered under the Clean Water Act, raising concerns over a potentially expanded federal jurisdiction over previously uncovered waterways, wetlands, and groundwater resources.

The Corps and the EPA have asserted the rules will save time and money in making jurisdictional determinations and provide better protection of the public’s water resources as the Clean Water Act intended, without affecting any new types of waters.

But after more than one million public comments, a questionable “campaign” by the EPA to promote the rule, a GOP-majority Congress aiming to make the agency start over, and the two-term Obama Administration winding down, this important rulemaking very well…

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