The Cedaredge Library wrapped up its four-part series on water last Tuesday evening with "Water 104" on dams and reservoirs. Held at the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center, panelists Jason Ullmann, assistant division engineer; Jason Ward, dam safety engineer; Denise Jackson, Grand Mesa Water Users Association; and James Holiman, lead water commissioner shared their knowledge.
Only 6 percent of the wells eligible for free water quality analysis in a six-county area have been tested since funding was secured in September 2015. Local public health officials encourage private well owners in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Montrose, Ouray, and San Miguel counties to take advantage of the free well water testing, before funding ends in September 2020.
The chain of events leading to the Town of Paonia's loss of water service that left homes and businesses without water for up to three weeks were "rare" and "difficult to catch and fix quickly," according to town staff and the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment.
More than three months after the loss of water to taps that began Feb. 18 and ended March 8, a long-awaited After Action Report (AAR) was released to the public last Friday.
The third of four in a series between the Cedaredge Library and the Grand Mesa Arts and Events Center, Water 103, featured several presenters the evening of May 9 -- Jason Ullmann, assistant division engineer DWR; John Cooper, president of Trickle Ditch Company; Gerald "Jerry" Figueroa, ditch rider for Cedar Mesa Ditch Company; Paul Kehmeier, salinity program coordinator, CDA; Keith Waibel, ditch rider for Orchard Ranch Ditch Company.
During a recent water committee meeting, Orchard City staff and trustees Dick Kirkpatrick and Doug Keller reviewed the responses from the engineering firm to questions concerning the water plant report. A major element to the report was recommending the addition of a new filter.
Is your well water safe? Residents of Delta County and five other Western Slope counties whose primary drinking water source is a privately-owned well or spring can have their water tested for contaminants and other factors free of charge through SAFE WATCH.
The second presentation in the four-part series on water for "Voices on the Western Slope," "Water 102: Surface Creek Flow," saw a good turnout April 18. When asked who attended the previous session, about half the audience raised their hands.
To start Orchard City's water committee meeting April 10, a verdict of "no" was delivered to a citizen's appeal for a water bill adjustment. He claimed his high usage for several months was due to a water meter reading when nothing went through it, which according staff is not plausible.
As the town of Paonia considers future growth and prepares to deal with the aftermath of a water emergency, they were recently given one more issue to consider.
At the March 26 board meeting, Mountain Coal Company representative Westin Norris addressed the board of trustees.
On March 14 "Water 101," the first presentation in a four-part series on water use in the Surface Creek Valley, drew a full house of over 140 attendees to the Grand Mesa Arts & Events Center in Cedaredge.
Jason Ullman, Assistant Division Engineer for Water Division 4 - Gunnison Basin, provided a thorough history of water rights and the development of water administration in Colorado.
To start the Orchard City Water Committee meeting in March, three citizens approached the group with a concern over the leak policy. Per current policy, they are responsible for a leak repair on their private line not accepted by the town (between the town's distribution line and point of serviceability/the main line).
Since 2001, the Western Slope Conservation Center has documented change in the waters of the North Fork and Lower Gunnison River watersheds.
Now in its 18th year, the Paonia-based nonprofit has established one of the longest-running water quality programs and related data base sets in the state, said WSCC watershed coordinator Jake Hartter.
During the nearly three weeks that much of Paonia's water users were under a state-mandated boil-water order, volunteers of all ages came from throughout the North Fork area and beyond to help. For more than two weeks they distributed water at Town Hall, answered questions, checked in on the elderly and shut-ins, and offered their professional services and vehicles.
The emergency is over, water is flowing to all the taps, and the boil order is lifted. But the Town of Paonia is asking Paonia water users to continue being conservative in their water use.
For residents living in the Paonia area, life is returning to normal. More than two weeks after the Town of Paonia's drinking water system failed and an emergency was declared, water service has returned to most of the town's more than 1,600 customers, town staff and volunteers are working to meet citizens' basic needs, and incident management teams are on the scene to ensure the emergency doesn't become a crisis.
An emergency boil-water order issued for the town of Paonia on February 18 was lifted around 10 a.m. on Friday, February 22. The order, originally issued by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE), had required residents to avoid consuming un-boiled tap water and it also required that all retail restaurants and other food handling establishments close to the public until the boil-water order was rescinded.
While the town of Paonia's boil order has been lifted and water is flowing from most water taps, the town is urging all water users to conserve water as much as possible until further notice. Water users are asked to take short showers and do laundry only when necessary, and turn faucets off while brushing teeth or performing other activities.
When Paonia's sudden lack of water pressure forced a boil-water notice, the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) ordered the Delta County Department of Health, Environmental Health Division to notify restaurants and other food handling businesses that they must shut down until further notice. That meant that, from February 18 until the morning of February 22, over a dozen establishments had to close their doors to the public.
During the five days town of Paonia water users were under a boil order by the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment, in-town food service businesses were shut down by order of the Delta County. But the Paonia Care & Rehabilitation Center on the east end of town "didn't skip a beat," according to administrator Mitchell Aldridge.
The now-resolved water situation began in the early morning hours of February 18 when alarms alerted town staff to a substantial leak in the Paonia water system. The resulting loss of water pressure was reported to the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) and, in accordance with state regulations, the Denver-based department issued the boil-water order and also instructed the Delta County Department of Health, Environmental Health Division to notify Paonia food-handling establishments that they must close to the public until further notice.
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment has placed the Town of Paonia under an emergency boil-water order. Under the order, all town water customers should bring water drawn from the system to a rolling boil for a full minute prior to using for cooking, drinking or brushing teeth.
The majority of the water committee's meeting was spent tackling citizen concerns over water bills, questions regarding installation of a new tap on Happy Hollow, and concern over a private leak's cost due to drought rates. After discussing these matters with the citizens, the trustees continued their typical agenda of unfinished projects, monthly treatment plant report, water audit and other water matters.
With snow falling, there was no audience to observe the Crawford Town Council work through a very short agenda at its Feb. 6 meeting.
Picking up on a discussion started at their January meeting, the trustees talked about a draft resolution establishing a fee for shutting off water to address problems on the homeowner's side of the meter.
Last month, the Orchard City water committee voiced concerns over the accuracy of the new water meters. November's report showed a one percent leak percentage -- a strange anomaly given the usual double digit percentage of loss.
First on the Jan. 2 work session agenda for the Orchard City Board of Trustees was discussion of the Multi-Jurisdictional Hazard Mitigation Plan for Delta County.
Emergency preparedness coordinator Kris Stewart walked through the improvements made to the plan and what the next five years will entail, such as grant monitoring and check-ins with the planning committee.
The new water recording meter installed on the west line gave insight into suspected leaks, but it wasn't the insight the Orchard City water committee was hoping for. While the meter gives better accuracy, trustee Dick Kirkpatrick reported, "We definitely have leaks in the system and it's showing as a higher percentage with less use."
Bureau of Reclamation has selected four projects in Colorado to receive $184,012 for small-scale water efficiency projects. The funding from Reclamation will assist the selected applicants with installing an automatic control gate with SCADA technology, installing AMI, SCADA telemetry installation, lining of canals and the installation of real-time satellite monitoring equipment.
Orchard City's water committee meeting on Oct. 10 was short, with not many agenda items.
After discussing progress on some unfinished projects, the committee reviewed the water audit. Last month system input read 17.5 million gallons.
Last week's regular meeting of the Town of Cedaredge board of trustees got off to a spirited start when constituent John Steighner -- a frequent critic of the board -- outlined a series of complaints. In his remarks, Steighner declared that he suspects the town of operating a "shell game" by imposing "excruciating" water rates on citizens, providing conflicting information regarding the percentage of water reserves needed to guard against future water shortages, making a monetary profit in the name of water conservation, and "killing the golf course" in the process.
Several items were on the agenda for the Sept. 12 Orchard City water committee. First, the Bull Mesa Pipeline group proposed replacing Bull Mesa's upper line and having the town take it over.
During constituency time at the Aug. 8 meeting of the Orchard City trustees, Mary Ditlove expressed concern over not seeing a detailed disbursements ledger in the town financial statements. Trustee Gynee Thomasen was quick to say that the trustees do receive copies of detailed deposits and check details for all town accounts each month.
On Aug. 15, the Town of Paonia sent a mailing to all of its water customers, informing them that state reporting requirements during calendar years 2016 and 2017 were not met in violation of state law.
The letter states that the town violated five different reporting requirements.
To start off the Orchard City water committee meeting on Aug. 8, Steve Kehmeier approached the board with a proposal regarding his water line. In short, he plans to pay for the relocation of his water meter and line near Nowhere Road.
Per his concern, the board agreed that if he desires extra pressure than what the town guarantees up to his meter then he will need to put in a water pump booster.
The Bookcliff, Mount Sopris and South Side conservation districts will host "Water Law in a Nutshell," from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, at the Rifle Branch Library, 207 East Avenue.
For the fourth time in more than a half century, the Fire Mountain Canal was shut off before the end of the growing season, impacting some 488 irrigation water shareholders and more than 15,000 acres of arable land in the North Fork Valley.
Due to low water levels, the boat ramp at Crawford Reservoir is closed. Colorado Parks and Wildlife reports the reservoir is down 46 feet from full capacity.
The long lost artesian well that slumbered north of Cedaredge might have been a welcome source of extra water during the region's current drought. Hoping for the best, the town had the well tested for flow strength on Monday, July 16.
Paonia water users, pat yourselves on the back. Your efforts to conserve precious water resources is working.
The Town of Cedaredge Board of Trustees met for a work session on Thursday, July 12. The work session was a discussion-only meeting with no action taken.
As the Southwest keeps getting hotter and drier, people who rely on the Colorado River and its tributaries for their livelihoods are facing the prospect of having to make due with less water. The impacts of reduced supplies will play out differently in different parts of the basin, but they will touch everyone.
At last week's regular meeting the Orchard City Board of Trustees passed a resolution declaring a "critical water supply shortage by reason of drought and setting mandatory water conservation measures." The drought resolution and other water issues dominated the meeting.
The Cedaredge Board of Trustees will consider moving into Stage II drought restrictions at its Thursday, June 21, regular meeting. The meeting begins at 5 p.m. in the Grand Mesa Room of the Cedaredge Civic Center.
The Town of Paonia is asking residents to conserve water usage as the heat of summer arrives and a less than normal spring runoff ends.
At the June 12 board meeting town administrator Ken Knight told the trustees that the results of the drought are quickly becoming apparent.
The Town of Hotchkiss is exercising caution by instituting odd-even outdoor watering restrictions for the town's residents.
Public works director Mike Owens said he's been assured Leroux Creek water supplies are sufficient, even at 55 percent, but noted usage in early June jumped substantially.
In May, the US Department of Agriculture designated Delta and Montrose counties as primary disaster areas due to recent losses and damage caused by the ongoing drought.
In light of the ongoing dry conditions and the end of spring runoff, North Fork area municipalities are considering how best to address possible shortages.
The Town of Cedaredge board of trustees met for a brief executive session and a longer work session on Thursday, May 10. The purpose of the executive session was stated as being "to determine positions relative to matters that may be subject to negotiations; and instructing negotiators."
The Orchard City Board of Trustees met in regular session on May 9, with all trustees present.
Newly elected to the board, trustees Doug Keller and Jan Gage asked procedural questions as the board dealt with routine matters of agenda, minutes and financials.
Looking up at the Grand Mesa from Grand Junction in early April, it's good to see snow on its flanks. For too much of this past winter, they have been bare. Skiers felt the pain of the dry winter early; fish and ranchers will feel it this summer.
The Orchard City Board of Trustees met in regular session on April 11, with all trustees present.
It was the final meeting for trustees Bob Eckels, Gary Tollefson and Tom Huerkamp.
In the fall of 2017, workers navigated sloppy mudflats in the bottom of the drained Paonia Reservoir in an urgent effort to prevent catastrophe: a damaged bulkhead threatened to break apart and damage the Paonia Dam's outlet works, which would have made it impossible to control releases from the reservoir.
Tom Alvey, the Delta County representative on the Colorado River Water Conservation District (CRWCD) board, met with the county commissioners Feb. 20 to give them a summary of the activities of the CRWCD for the past year.
Alvey spoke first of the new general manager for CRWCD, Andy Mueller.
The Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USCDWUA) informed its more than 2,700 customers of a violation of drinking water requirements in a notice with this month's billing.
Users were informed that on Jan. 25, 2017, the water provider was notified by the Colorado Department of Public Health, which monitors water quality, that its treatment system had exceeded the maximum contaminant level (MCL) for HAA5 -- Total Haloacetic Acids.
A Colorado safe drinking water program policy adopted in 2015 could result in one-time and annual costs for some commercial property owners serviced by the Paonia Water Department.
In response to the state's "Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Rule Implementation Policy," town trustees recently passed a resolution establishing "cross connection and backflow prevention" rules and regulations for businesses and multi-family units serviced by the water department.
The Town of Paonia's water system improvement project is on schedule and within budget, according to Paonia Public Works Director, Travis Loberg. The three-phase project involves replacement of about 5,600 lineal feet of water main line and associated repairs and upgrades.
The Delta County Environmental Health Department last week presented an update on a free well and spring water testing program available to private well and spring water users in the six-county Region 10 area.
The Colorado River District's popular one-day annual water seminar in Grand Junction takes place 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 15, at the Two Rivers Convention Center. The theme is: "Points of No Return."
Orchard City constituents turned out for the town board's Aug. 9 meeting with comments offered to their government on management of the water utility, on marijuana businesses, and on the town board's fiscal responsibility.
Dave Stueck offered comments on the town water utility.
The Town of Hotchkiss received a violation notice this month from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment because not all town water users submitted results of their backflow prevention devices. The health department requires municipalities, and by extension individual water users, to annually test the devices.
The beneficial use of water in Colorado has a long history. It can be traced back to the mid 1800s, when people started settling the land that would become Colorado and the Western United States.
The Colorado River District has announced an additional funding opportunity (up to a total of $1.8 million) for the planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects in the Lower Gunnison Project area for qualifying applicants.
Regional water managers reporting at the annual State of the River meeting in Montrose on May 31 see a fully adequate water year ahead, one which was characterized as "an average wet year."
Presenting an update on several local drainages, Bob Hurford, engineer for state water division 4, reported that the Uncompahgre River drainage "has a big snow pack."
The Colorado Department of Agriculture (CDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) are seeking applicants for on-farm agricultural hydropower projects. The total amount of available assistance for this round is $1.2 million.
The Town of Cedaredge will host an information meeting tonight, Wednesday, May 24, to share the results of a water and sewer rate study. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at the Community (Civic) Center at 140 NW 2nd Street.
The Mesa County Historical Society and the Museums of Western Colorado presents its monthly oral history program Thursday, April 20, from noon to 1 p.m. The presentation will take place at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. 4th Street, Grand Junction.
On Friday, April 21, join the members of the North Fork community at the Blue Sage Center of the Arts for a crucial talk on the future of our water as part of The Blue Sage's seasonal speaker series, Valley Voices.
After a relatively warm and dry winter, the local streams are already flowing and snow is melting from the mountains. Whether you're in town and part of the local water supply, a farmer that depends on reservoir water or simply concerned about the growing uncertainty of water supply, recent record-breaking temperatures may have you wondering about the future.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) has approved funding for ditch companies to defray the cost of engineering services to prepare preliminary project plans and feasibility studies for USBR's 2017 FOA.
Applications are to be submitted to Delta Conservation District with selection review to be coordinated with CWCB and the Gunnison Basin salinity coordinator.
Cedaredge trustees were scheduled on Tuesday this week to consider an ordinance authorizing issuance of $2.7 million in water revenue bonds which will be paid off by residents' water billings.
The bonds are a refinance of an existing USDA loan and they also provide new money to settle the $175,000 court mediated agreement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association over its ownership interest in the Cedaredge water utility.
A Delta area family with a concern for the health of a neighboring stream is being credited by wildlife officials for helping reopen Roubideau Creek to native fish populations.
Scott Dillon and his son, Doug, have a water right that comes out of Roubideau Creek for the ranch they have owned
The Colorado River District has announced that it is making $1.8 million available to qualifying agricultural producers for planning and implementation of irrigation efficiency improvement projects that address identified resource concerns in the Lower Gunnison Basin. Landowners within the Bostwick Park, Paonia, Smith Fork and Uncompahgre project areas will be considered for grant funding.
Trustees say that a complicated refinancing of an existing loan needed for $175,000 to pay a settlement with Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) will save money in the long run. However, payments will increase significantly in the near term because the proposed deal which carries a low rate also has a shorter payoff period.
The Town of Crawford is just over $16,000 away from being in the red in its water fund, Public Works Director Bruce Bair told the council last week. "We're not in the hole, but we will be if we don't address this issue," he told trustees.
The Town of Cedaredge is still working on financing a way for paying $175,000 to Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) in a court-mediated settlement agreement
The payment was to have been made by the end of 2016, according to documents.
The Orchard City Town Board has dealt with several one-of-a-kind customer service issues recently.
The problems the town has encountered with meeting water customer requests have different causes. One involves the 17-lot La Habra II subdivision; a failed development proposal that dates back to the 1970s.
It's been very dry in Colorado's mountains this fall. It's still early, and the snowpack could catch up to "normal," but when I flew over those mountains on Nov. 15, they were brown. Just the barest dusting of white covered the highest ridges and north-facing slopes.
The Town of Paonia's proposed new water and sewer ordinances, along with resolutions for water and sewer rate increases, will be on the Dec. 13 agenda. After discovering inconsistencies in language and definitions between the current and proposed ordinances at the Nov. 22 meeting, as well as confusion as to which version of the water ordinance was the most recent, trustees voted to table all four agenda items.
On the morning of Aug. 30 a field tour sponsored by the Delta Conservation District left the Delta County Fairgrounds in route to Powell Mesa. Its destination: A newly installed small-hydro power generation facility just north of Hotchkiss that has benefitted by years of work to enable inspection and approval of small hydropower facilities in Colorado.
Colorado Cattlemen's Association (CCA) has released a report summarizing the results of a survey of irrigated agricultural producers about leasing water. CCA's Ag Water NetWORK initiated the survey, which was conducted to better understand the interests, concerns and perspectives of agricultural water right holders about the topic of ag water right leasing.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association announces the completion of the Drop 5 hydroelectric plant. Contractors started testing the plant the week of Aug. 8 and commercial generation started Aug. 12.
Directors of the member-owned Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water User's Association (USC) last week asked the Delta County Independent to attend an Aug. 8 board meeting and sit in on a discussion of the association's position in the water utility ownership mediation with the Town of Cedaredge.
Meeting on July 21, the Cedaredge Town Board voted to inform the Upper Surface Creek Domestic Water Users Association (USC) that the town will not pursue further litigation in its water utility ownership dispute with the private domestic water provider.
In addition, the town board stated that a decision will be made on Dec. 12 regarding which of two mediation options it will choose.
The Cedaredge Town Board, at its July 14 work session, is set to review a proposal to allocate by resolution an extra $175,000 for the town's water fund for 2016.
According to the proposed resolution, the extra $175,000 appropriated for the water fund would come from "loans, transfers, or water revenue bonds to be in place by Dec. 31."
Last month the U.S. Departments of the Interior and Agriculture announced funding of the Water Smart Water and Energy Efficiency Grants for fiscal year 2016. The funds are made up of $15 million in USDA funds and $32.6 million from the Bureau of Reclamation for a total of $47.2 million.
Water managers for the Gunnison Basin are saying that with predicted inflows to Blue Mesa of 525,000 to 580,000 acre feet, this year's water yield is classified as an "average dry" year.
Information on the current state of the Gunnison Basin water supplies was provided by state and federal officials at the annual Gunnison Basin State of the River report in Montrose on Monday.
At the May 24 town board meeting, Paonia trustees passed a resolution to accept a petition for annexation of two parcels on Samuel Wade Road.
The petition was submitted by Andrew Thliveris. The two parcels, located across from the Paonia Library, total about 2.54 acres and are currently zoned agricultural.
The "use it or lose it" feature of Colorado water law is often blamed for discouraging farmers and ranchers from taking efficiency and conservation measures that could benefit the environment or ease the supply/demand imbalance on the Colorado River. However, a report released in February by the Colorado Water Institute argues that misinterpretations of the law are a bigger disincentive than the law itself.
At the April 12 board meeting, and after six months of consideration and revision, Paonia trustees adopted Ordinance 2016-01, which governs the provisions of the town's water service, water taps, rate and fees structures. In December, the rate portion of the ordinance was approved under emergency measures in order to meet the requirements of the 2016 budget.
The Uncompahgre Valley Water Users Association has started to divert water from the Uncompahgre River into the Montrose-Delta Canal. The association began diverting water in the Ironstone Canal on March 25, and from the Gunnison River through the Gunnison Tunnel on March 28.
Work should begin soon on the Third Street water line replacement and water delivery system upgrades projects on Lamborn Mesa after Paonia trustees approved related proposals at the March 8 board meeting.
Funding comes from the original $6 million water distribution improvement project and money that was shifted from water storage projects to water distribution projects, said town manager Jane Berry.
The water picture for the coming year has a definitely positive look at present.
Though February hasn't been a good month for adding to the Grand Mesa snowpack, water supplies there are above normal for this time of year.
When you hear about climate change and increasing competition for limited water supplies, do you ever wonder what that means for you and for our community?
The upcoming three-evening water course offered by the Hutchins Water Center at Colorado Mesa University seeks to help answer that question.
The Cedaredge Town Board has adopted an ordinance providing for installation of backflow prevention devices on town water taps where cross-connection contamination could occur.
The first new ordinance of 2016 outlines the program called "Public Services, Water Service System, Backflow Prevention and Cross-Connection Control Program."
In a special study session held Jan. 12, the Paonia Board of Trustees began the process of cleaning up language associated with the town's emergency water ordinance, which was adopted Dec. 8.
Water managers in Colorado and the West, scrambling to meet the growing demand for increasingly scarce water supplies caused by large populations far from water resources, climate change and drought, need to focus more effort on conserving water, including addressing reservoir evaporation, say University of Colorado Boulder researchers.
While reducing water consumption has been successful in places like Denver and much of California, the loss of water from reservoir evaporation is an issue already affecting the growing population of the West, said CU-Boulder associate professor Katja Friedrich.
The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29, 2016.
The Colorado River District is now accepting applications for grant funding to assist projects that protect, enhance or develop water resources within its 15-county region. Applications are due Jan. 29. The total amount available for the 2016 competitive grant program is $150,000.
A recently completed two-year study shows surface, spring and groundwater samples collected throughout the North Fork area testing below method federal detection limits for a list of major ions, metals and volatile organic compounds that can occur during the process known as hydraulic fracturing.
The results of the study are contained in the recently released "2014-2015 Water Quality Monitoring Report."
Major improvements to local irrigation ditches began in 1998 with the piping of laterals off the South Canal in the Uncompahgre Valley Water Users delivery system and now include over 100 miles of pipeline.
The Grandview Canal outside Crawford received Bureau of Reclamation funds in 2008 to install a section of pressurized pipeline, the first such project in the North Fork area.
We should all truly celebrate. Two years after the governor's executive order, we finally have a Colorado Water Plan that lays out measurable objectives and metrics to help guide us toward a secure water future.
Presentations on two important pending water issues were featured as the Delta County Farm and Livestock Bureau held its annual meeting and banquet at Bill Heddles Recreation Center on Nov. 6.
Area ag producer and Colorado Farm Bureau board member Hugh Sanburg updated members on the EPA's Waters of the U.S. rule.
The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is set to deliver Colorado's Water Plan to the governor on or before Dec. 19.
At the October meeting of the Colorado River District board, general manager Eric Kuhn said that the major policy question is "what happens next?"
A $547,000 grant will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.
Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
The Board of County Commissioners has issued position statements recently on various local issues. They include ending the long-running wilderness study area (WSA) status for local public lands, and ideas for inclusion in Colorado's Water Plan.
Delta-Montrose Electric Association recently issued its first ever variable speed drive rebate.
Randy Meaker of Montrose installed a 50-horsepower variable speed drive pump on his irrigation system, which resulted in a $2,350 rebate from DMEA.
The Town of Paonia is urging town water users to collect potable water after several water main breaks occurred over the weekend, resulting in brief disruptions in service.
The town's infrastructure has experienced at least 80 breaks this year, according to town manager Jane Berry.
A $547,000 grant will will enable local environmental health personnel to assist residents in learning more about the risks that threaten the safety of drinking water from area private wells and will provide well water testing for local property owners.
Ken Nordstrom, Delta County director of environmental health, is a member of the six-county West Central Public Health Partnership that applied for and secured a five-year grant from the Centers for Disease Control to help address private well water concerns in Delta, Gunnison, Hinsdale, Ouray and San Miguel counties.
The North Fork Water Conservancy District is asking voters to approve a change in the use of the district's mill levy to allow it to access state funds for needed repair and maintenance projects, and to leverage grants.
Ballot question 4A of the Nov. 3 coordinated election seeks to "de-bruce" funding restrictions created by the state's Taxpayer Bill of Rights (TABOR).
Residents of the North Fork Water Conservancy District will have a ballot question to consider in this fall's election. To help understand the issue, the district issued the following:
Cedaredge's Greenwood Avenue water line won't be replaced this year as had been originally hoped.
The leak-plagued water line has kept town crews busy digging and patching at least several times a year the past few years, according to public works staff who delivered bad news on the project to the town trustees at an Oct. 8 special meeting.
Cedaredge public works department crews have been laboring to repair some of the town's Grand Mesa Reservoirs that have sustained various kinds of damage over years, making them unsuitable for holding water.
According to town officials speaking at a recent budget workshop, the Governor's office is compiling a list of abandoned reservoirs.
Since the early 2000s, use of Colorado River Basin water has exceeded the amount of rain and snow that's fallen into the basin -- hence the famous bathtub rings at lakes Powell and Mead, as their water levels dip ever lower.
Orchard City continues to make strides in its program of minimizing leaks that cause lost water and lost money from its sprawling domestic water utility.
Evidence of success in its efforts came from two reports presented to town trustees at their Aug. 12 meeting.
Are you concerned about how Colorado will balance the water needs of cities, farms and the environment in coming decades? If so, you have an opportunity to make your voice heard by state water leaders.
Orchard City's town government has been advised by a state water official that it has to revise a 2010 ordinance dealing with construction in floodplains, but town officials have questions.
Orchard City Trustees wondered whether other municipalities in the area had received the same instructions on changing their local floodplain ordinances.
The Orchard City Irrigation District (OCID) board, meeting last week, increased its water share allocation to 130 percent. The previous allocation was 80 percent.
I read with great interest the DCI article entitled "Piping is changing the rural landscape" (July 8).
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