A snowy December was the perfect Christmas present for a parched Colorado, which ended November suffering from desiccated soils, depleted reservoirs and anxious ski resorts. A series of storms over the past few weeks made the state start to look like its proper winter self.
The Colorado River District commends the Colorado River Basin Water Supply and Demand Study as a thorough and detailed call to action for Colorado River stakeholders to address a gap between human and environmental demands on the river system and the amount of water it produces annually.
"The study confirms what we already understand: the Colorado River is already fully used," said Colorado River District General Manager Eric Kuhn.
Looking at the Colorado River as it flows through Grand Junction, it's hard to believe the scale of the demands placed upon this modest stream, where rubber rafts scrape gravel bars in summer. According to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, the Colorado River and its tributaries provide water to nearly 40 million people and irrigate nearly 5.5 million acres of land across seven U.S. states plus Mexico.
The Specialty Crops Program at Colorado State University is accepting applications for grower research and education grants for the 2013 production season. The application deadline is Jan. 1, 2013.
The request for proposals is intended for research, demonstration, and/or education projects addressing specialty crops production, processing, and marketing issues faced by small farmers, beginning farmers or socially disadvantaged farmers in Colorado.
If you're a small-acreage farmer or livestock producer, or if you're interested in becoming one, you won't want to miss the inaugural Western Colorado Food and Farm Forum (WCFFF). This new conference, which will be Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013, at the Montrose County Fairgrounds in Friendship Hall, will focus on sustainably improving the production, marketing and consumption of locally grown food products.