Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018

Mining water

Aurora Water hopes 'innovative' approach will secure more water, address defunct Colorado gold mine issues

London Mine in the mountains south of Breckenridge in Park County, Colo.

Aurora Sentinel

Denver Post & Aurora Sentinel

Aurora Water officials are pursuing a $125 million purchase of underground water at the London Mine complex as a new water source to sustain the Colorado Front Range development. It may seem odd, given that discharges from that mine have contaminated the watershed for years, but utility officials have a plan. By lowering the underground reservoir's clean water and keeping it from reaching the mine tunnels, Aurora could prevent further degradation of streams and get up to 5,400 acre-feet of fresh water.

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Salt Lake City and Utah turf battle over water

Deseret News

Utah's capital city is no stranger to state leaders writing bills that some Salt Lake City officials consider an encroachment on their local authority. In past years, state vs. Salt Lake City battles have brewed on a variety of issues, from billboards to golf courses. This year, it's land and water.

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How beer and barley will save Western rivers

Outside

When Kim Schonek, the Verde River projects manager for the Nature Conservancy, went on a kayaking trip but ended up having to walk thanks to low water levels, she knew she had a problem. That got Schonek thinking about crop conversion, water-saving barley, and industries that might be motivated to save rivers. Eventually, she came up with a plan to keep the river flowing with the help of beer — an idea that, if it works, could help revive imperiled riparian areas throughout the Southwest.

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