Friday, April 21, 2017

Put to the test

Bill to check school water for lead advances in Colorado


Denver Post

A bill that aims to test the water supply of aging Colorado public schools for lead over the next three years is advancing in the state legislature, despite worries that cleanup costs will hurt already cash-strapped schools. House Bill 1306 authorizes the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment to establish a grant program to test for lead in drinking water in public schools that use public water systems. The bill is now at the House Appropriations Committee.


Nevadans may face deadline to prove water claims

Las Vegas Review-Journal

People with vested claims to water will have 10 years to submit proof of their claim or risk losing them under a bill unanimously approved by the Nevada Senate. Senate Bill 270 deals with so-called “vested” rights initiated by putting water to beneficial use before state law set regulations for surface water use in 1905, artesian groundwater in 1913 and percolating groundwater in 1939.


Water release should delay Lake Mead shortage

Associated Press

The federal government said it plans to release an above-average amount of water from Lake Powell this year, but it's less than many hoped after a healthy snow season across much of the West. The Bureau of Reclamation said it will release 9 million acre-feet from the reservoir, which should be enough to delay a widely expected shortage in Lake Mead.