Friday, May 5, 2017

War of water words

Multistate Colorado River water pact hits Arizona snag

The Hoover Dam is seen May 3, 2017. (Miranda Alam/Las Vegas Review-Journal)


Las Vegas Review-Journal and Arizona Republic

Officials in Arizona have reached an impasse on a multistate agreement aimed at storing more Colorado River water in Lake Mead, but Southern Nevada Water Authority chief John Entsminger said he is confident the deal will get done. Despite signs of discord, Entsminger said the states are still “holding firm” to an agreement under which Nevada, Arizona and, eventually, California would voluntarily reduce use and leave water in Lake Mead.


Yellowstone River dam project comes up short

A federal agency targeted by President Trump for budget cuts has only about half the money needed to build a new Yellowstone River dam and a bypass channel meant to save an endangered fish, but it plans to begin construction anyway. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has already inked a $36 million contract to build the concrete dam and a channel in Montana.


Bill to shut coal plants draws surprising rebuke

Colorado Independent

A bill that seeks to give Colorado communities with coal-powered plants a soft landing if the plants are retired early got panned last week at a legislative committee hearing by some of the communities in northwest Colorado that it seeks to help. The Colorado Energy Impact Assistance Act also drew rebukes from one of Colorado’s most vigilant anti-coal activists.