Thursday, March 24, 2016

Drought directive

White House calls for action plan on World Water Day

Durango Herald

Durango Herald

The Obama administration on Tuesday directed federal agencies to focus on building national long-term drought resilience policies, part of a renewed effort to solve ongoing water issues that especially impact Western states. The announcement was made as part of the White House Water Summit, held on World Water Day, and was designed by the administration “to shine a spotlight on the importance of cross-cutting, creative solutions to solving the water problems of today.”

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Denver will leave more water for fish in rivers

Denver Post

A state water judge has signed off on a deal between Denver Water and Grand County to leave 651 million gallons of water a year that otherwise would be diverted in headwaters of the Colorado River. That water would be left each year for the purpose of improving stream health once Denver completes its Moffat Project to divert more water under the Continental Divide to the Front Range.

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Supreme Court rules on Mont., Wyo. water fight

Missoulian

The U.S. Supreme Court weighed in Monday on a long-running water-rights fight between Wyoming and Montana, ruling that Wyoming shorted its neighbor to the north on Tongue River water for just two of the 15 years Montana had claimed. The judgment upholds the conclusion by a court-appointed special master that Wyoming is liable to Montana for reducing the volume of water available in the river at the state line in 2004 and 2006.

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