A recent United States Supreme Court Ruling has made it easier for individuals and companies to challenge federal agencies when it comes to regulating their private property. The ruling stems from a case where a family owned business in North Dakota was prevented by federal agencies from harvesting peat moss on one of their properties. The Continue reading
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A bill that would help Coloradoans remain in control of their water rights was signed by Governor John Hickenlooper yesterday. House bill 1228 allows water rights holders to temporarily transfer up to half of their water without Continue reading
It is now legal for Coloradans to collect and use rainwater on their property. Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill into law late last week, that allows anyone to collect rainwater on their property. The legislation barely made it through the legislative session in what turned out to be a Continue reading
Rain barrels could soon be allowed once again in Colorado. The state Senate’s Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee passed a bill yesterday repealing the rain barrel ban. Democrats were finally happy with the language of the bill after steps were taken Continue reading
The Colorado State Legislature is diving into the issue of the public collection of rain water again this year. A bill that would allow homeowners to collect 110 gallons of runoff from their roofs into rain barrels has passed a House committee vote. Similar legislation was presented last year, but it died before it got to the floor for a vote. Colorado is Continue reading
The Large amounts of snow this winter will make for a wet spring and could make flooding an issue. It is always a possibility that melting snow combined with heavy spring rains may present problems with flooding in northwest Colorado. That means, if you Continue reading
The Moffat County Fuller Center for Housing is continuing work on their ongoing project this weekend. The current project is at 731 Yampa Avenue. The Center has put out the call for Continue reading
The Town of Crested Butte has been notified by the EPA of a spill estimated at 2,000 gallons or less of water and gray-colored sediment from a holding pond at the Standard Mine. According to the EPA, a contractor had been dewatering the pond containing un-mineralized sediment from drilling operations and water from the lower mine adit. The contents had been treated to a neutral PH of 7. The treated water from the sediment pond was being discharged into Elk Creek as part of a planned maintenance activity. A vacuum truck siphoning clear water from the surface of the pond accidentally dipped into gray-colored sediment leading to the accidental discharge of sediment and gray-colored water into Elk Creek. The discharged material contained a mixture of PH-neutral rock slurry and water from the mine. Based upon the size and content of the spilled material as understood from the EPA, the flow levels downstream, and the 10 million gallon storage reservoir at the Town’s treatment plant, the Town Department of Public Works has determined that any impact to the Town’s drinking water would be negligible. The Town has also hired an independent contractor to perform additional testing to ensure that there is no negative impact to the Town watershed or drinking water. Work on the holding pond is now complete. The Town is communicating and working closely with the EPA on this issue. The EPA has additionally contacted the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, Gunnison County and the Coal Creek Watershed Alliance. The Town is also in contact with these agencies.
The water providers in the Steamboat Springs area – the City of Steamboat Springs, the Mt. Werner Water District, the Steamboat II Metro District, and the Tree Haus Metro District – have lifted the mandatory water restrictions enacted in April.
Fish Creek Reservoir is currently at 80% capacity, which is a level that is consistent for this time of Continue reading
Another win for northwest Colorado, as the Interior Department has found that the Greater Sage Grouse does NOT warrant protection under the Endangered Species Act. The Obama Administration says the decision was made in light of the powerful conservation effort being administered by state and local land managers. A Continue reading
Volunteers are needed September 19th to help expand the popular hiking and biking trail system adjacent to Meeker. Work will include maintaining the popular China Wall Trail above Meeker and constructing the new East Ridge Trail. The project is in observance of National Public Lands Day, and offers the public a chance Continue reading