Senate Bill 23 veto reopens conversation on water efficiency measures

Senate Bill 23, which provided incentives for Western Slope water efficiency measures, will have to be reworked and revisited in another legislative session.

Yampa River should see above average total flows through July

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.

Foundation for Water Education leads tour in Routt and Moffat counties this month

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.

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River Basin Roundtable approves funding increase for implementation plan

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.

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No fire, water restrictions in short-term forecast

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.

Potential for harm: Opponents of Senate Bill 23 express concern about upstream water users

Opponents of Senate Bill 23 have warned that transfers to the Colorado Water Conservation Board could harm upstream users.

Potential for harm: Western Slope water bill draws opposition

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.

Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation

The nearby White River, flowing out of the Flat Tops, is No. 7 on the list because of the amount of energy exploration taking place along it length, an American Rivers spokesman said Wednesday.

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Joe Zimmerman, a steward of Steamboat Springs' stellar water system, retires after 39-year career

For nearly four decades, the city's water superintendent has been a key part of why residents here in Steamboat Springs always have access to some of the cleanest, clearest drinking water in the state.

Planning ahead for possibility that Colorado's water supply won't meet its needs in 2050

“It’s important that you participate in this process right here in the basin because this is your future and your children’s future,” Jay Gallagher, Mount Werner Water and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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Above-average snowpack surrounding Steamboat needed by dwindling reservoirs in Utah, Nevada

Steamboat Springs attorney Tom Sharp, who just completed his tenure on the Colorado River District board of directors in 2013, said Colorado’s snowpack is acutely important as the levels of Lake Powell and Lake Mead (below the Grand Canyon) are in steep decline.

Northwest Colorado residents asked to chime in on future of Colorado's water supply

The Statewide Water Supply Initiative forecasts that the gap between water supply and demand could exceed 500,000 acre feet by 2050. The capacity of Elkhead Reservoir between Hayden and and Craig is 25,550 acre feet.

Paul Stettner: Water use plan needed

Water is a critical resource in Colorado. It is important to all of us in many ways. Over time, there is only a limited amount of water produced by watersheds.

Some water bills temporarily higher than usual as city of Steamboat gets everyone on same billing cycle

Some bills are higher because the city is working to get all of its customers on the same billing cycle, and the latest round of bills included 45 days of service for some customers instead of the usual 30.