Announcements Early January

 Boreal Toad Research #174. Boreal Toad Research at a location near Cottonwood Pass. Division of Wildlife. Michael Seraphin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Photo taken 7/16/2010.

Boreal Toad Research #174. Boreal Toad Research at a location near Cottonwood Pass. Division of Wildlife. Michael Seraphin, Colorado Parks and Wildlife. Photo taken 7/16/2010.

Otter spotted eating trout at Colorado toxic mine site raises hope for new kind of cleanup. Bio cell treatment ponds at the at the Rico-Argentine mine site each have experimental processes that are helping to clean metal contaminants from the water that flows out of the St. Louis tunnel.  Read more HERE.

The Uncompahgre Watershed Partnership (UWP) completed its first report for the Ouray Hydrodam Sediment Release Study, detailing the water quality impacts of the annual release into the Uncompahgre River. Read the full UWP Reports on Hydrodam Sediment Release Study HERE.

The Colorado Water Plan has set a goal of conserving 400,000 acre-feet of municipal and industrial water by 2050. By 2025, if the Water Plan objectives are met, 75% of Coloradans will live in communities that have water-saving actions incorporated into land-use planning. Furthermore, by 2030, the plan sets out to A) re-use and share at least 50,000 acre-feet of water amongst agricultural producers, B) cover 80% of locally prioritized rivers with Stream Management Plans, and C) ensure 80% of critical watersheds with Watershed Protection Plans. In order for a project to utilize the Water Plan’s budget to meet these goals, the proposed conservation project must be appropriate in that it addresses real needs and is cost-effective, sustainable, and supported by local stakeholders. Read more HERE.