A year after the city of Steamboat Springs was grappling with the potentially enormous cost of improving its stormwater system, the city has started to revamp its stormwater maintenance program without busting its budget or assessing property owners a new fee to help cover the cost.
"What it comes down to, is that local communities want to be treated with dignity and respect if water from their basins is moved out and they no longer have that water for their own uses." — Jeff Devere, Rangely resident
State water plan meeting affords a chance to speak directly to a state legislator about Colorado's future water supply.
The predators become the prey when fishermen like Craig Preston cast into Stagecoach Reservoir southeast of Steamboat Springs. “I think it’s the big-fish allure,” Preston said. “The chance of catching that monster.” And the big fish are definitely out there. The official state record pike was pulled out of Stagecoach in 2006 by Thornton resident Tim Bone, who was using Powerbait with the intention of catching trout.
The newest study deems it likely that trout and other species of fish travel up Trout Creek from the Yampa River to spawn.
The precautionary advisory to boil drinking water was issued May 30 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment as the Yampa River flowed over its banks and inundated the Tree Haus water system.
“Currently Lake Mead and Lake Powell are 42 percent full. Does that make us nervous? Yeah that makes us very nervous.” — Eric Kuhn, general manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District.
Senate Bill 23, which provided incentives for Western Slope water efficiency measures, will have to be reworked and revisited in another legislative session.
Streamflow forecasters say the total volume of flows in the Yampa in Steamboat Springs in June and July will be 118 percent of average, and maybe more if precipitation is abundant.
The timing of the host for the 2014 Yampa River Basin Tour, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, could not have been better.
Rising Yampa River mixes with domestic water raising doubts about drinkability in Steamboat suburb of Tree Haus
Tree Haus resident Greg Forney said he was told to expect that it would be about a week before the boil warning is lifted, and expressed full confidence in metro board.
Group seeking more Northwest Colorado representatives
The Wednesday meeting of the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable brought in government and industry representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to Craig’s American Legion Post 62 to discuss, among other things, the Basin Implementation Plan for the region.
Officials say the near-term forecast for the Steamboat Springs area is free of water and fire restrictions, and most of Routt County is not experiencing any drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Moffat County, a majority of the county is experiencing just abnormally dry conditions.
Opponents of Senate Bill 23 have warned that transfers to the Colorado Water Conservation Board could harm upstream users.
Senate Bill 23 is on its way to the Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk thanks to some legislative maneuvering, but the bill dealing with changes to water law on the Western Slope has divided interested organizations and prompted warnings that its consequences could be much broader than intended.