Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

By Larry Morandi As the Colorado General Assembly reaches the mid-point of its 2018 session, here’s a sample of water bills that have passed the house and are in the senate for consideration. They address aquatic nuisance species, use of reclaimed domestic wastewater, deficit irrigation and alternative transfer mechanisms, and groundwater storage and recovery. Final … Continue reading Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

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Tom Ullmann Memorial Scholarship Established for Water Leaders Program

Tom Ullmann was a wonderful and brilliant man, a devoted husband, and a loving father to his three boys, Craig, Jason and Ryan—all of whom are engineers. Born in Longmont in 1947, he grew up on the family farm southwest of Johnstown. Tom graduated from the University of Colorado in 1965 where he earned a … Continue reading Tom Ullmann Memorial Scholarship Established for Water Leaders Program

Aquatic Nuisance Species

Aquatic nuisance species (ANS), plants and animals that invade lakes, reservoirs, rivers and streams, pose an increasing threat to Colorado’s water resources. The major threat is from zebra and quagga mussels invading water bodies across the state. Other nuisance species include New Zealand mudsnails and rusty crayfish. Colorado Parks and Wildlife has an inspection protocol … Continue reading Aquatic Nuisance Species

Alternative Transfer Methods in Action

In spring 2016, tests showed that groundwater used for drinking in Security, Widefield and Fountain had been contaminated with high levels of perfluorinated compounds or (PFCs). PFCs are thought to have been released during firefighting drills at Peterson Air Force Base, north of Security-Widefield, between 1970 and 1990. Over the past year, to avoid contaminated … Continue reading Alternative Transfer Methods in Action

The 2-Year Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill

  The Gold King Mine spill occurred two years ago on Aug. 5, 2015 in Silverton, Colorado. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was investigating the release of water from the mine and was hoping to remove material that had collapsed at the mine’s entrance. During removal, the loose material gave way, opening the mine … Continue reading The 2-Year Anniversary of the Gold King Mine Spill

South Platte Bike Tour June 2017

Each year, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education leads an urban waters bike tour through Denver. This tour is open to water professionals and citizens alike to learn about the South Platte Watershed and what is being done to make the 8-mile stretch of the river more user-friendly.  On my first day as a Colorado … Continue reading South Platte Bike Tour June 2017

Preventing Water Pollution Starts in Your Backyard

Agricultural runoff is a prominent source of excess nutrients in water sources, but this nonpoint source of water pollution can originate with excess fertilizer being used on urban landscapes as well. On April 13, 2017, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education was joined by Steve Lundt with the Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association … Continue reading Preventing Water Pollution Starts in Your Backyard

Change Brings Hope

By the Colorado Water Trust staff In October 2016, The Durango Herald carried a modest story sporting the headline, “Trout Discovered in Creek Long Devoid of Fish.”  In the southwest corner of Colorado, where abandoned mines and contaminated streams have long been a part of the otherwise magnificent mountain landscape, this is encouraging news—especially for a … Continue reading Change Brings Hope

The Runoff Conundrum

When a summer storm crosses the eastern plains, drowning farmlands in a deluge, more than water ends up flowing into Colorado’s rivers, lakes and streams. On April 13, 2017, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education was joined by Troy Bauder, with Colorado State University Extension, for a webinar in which part of the discussion centered … Continue reading The Runoff Conundrum