Thu April 25, 2013

Snowpack OK, Cold Temperatures Better

Elise Thatcher Aspen Public Radio

Recent snow in the mountains is certainly going a long way to boosting the state’s snowpack. For much of the Front Range and parts of the Western Slope, the cold temperatures are making the biggest difference towards relieving some the drought conditions.

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Wed April 24, 2013

Change Of Heart: Graywater Bill Seeks Approval In State Legislature

2020 Lawrence uses graywater for landscape irrigation
Zocalo Community Development

A bill making its way through the Colorado Legislature will allow, for the first time, commercial and residential buildings to use graywater. A similar bill was killed last year.

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Wed April 24, 2013
The Salt

For Corn, Fickle Weather Makes For Uncertain Yields

Originally published on Wed April 24, 2013 7:06 am

By this time last year, 26 percent of the country's corn crop was already planted. A wet, cold spring means that only 4 percent is in the ground right now.
Seth Perlman AP

Last year's drought wreaked havoc on farmers' fields in much of the Midwest, cutting crop yields and forcing livestock producers to cull their herds. This spring, the rain that farmers needed so badly in 2012 has finally returned. But maybe too much, and at the wrong time.

It's almost the end of April, which is prime time to plant corn. But farmers need a break in the rain so they can get this year's crops in the ground and try to lock in good yields at harvest.

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Sun April 21, 2013

Thirsty States Take Water Battle To Supreme Court

Originally published on Mon April 22, 2013 11:39 am

A dispute over Texas' access to the Kiamichi River, which is located in Oklahoma, has started a longer legal battle that is headed to the Supreme Court.
Joe Wertz for NPR

On Tuesday, Oklahoma and Texas will face off in the U.S. Supreme Court. The winner gets water. And this is not a game.

The court will hear oral arguments in the case of Tarrant Regional Water District v. Herrmann, et al. The case pits Oklahoma against Texas over rights to water from the river that forms part of the border between them. Depending on how the court decides, it could impact interstate water-sharing agreements across the country.

Keeping Up With Texas

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Wed April 17, 2013

Colorado River Named "Most Endangered"

Irrigation pipes deliver Colorado River water to Mesa Park Vineyards in Palisade
Mesa Park Vineyards