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By Rick Bowmer and Sam Metz The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — The Bonneville Salt Flats sit just off of a highway in a state nowhere near the ocean, but in parts they glimmer as white as a Caribbean beach. Truck drivers, selfie-stick wielding tourists and gamblers driving to the casinos of Wes...
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  By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE>> New Mexico, Texas and Colorado have negotiated a proposed settlement that they say will end a years-long battle over management of one of the longest rivers in North America, but the federal government and two irriga...
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  2nd area municipality clamps down on lawns, a month after Aurora passed similar measure By John Aguilar This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Coming to a yard near you — everything but the lawn. Castle Rock this week became the second metro-area municipality in as many months to pass a measure severel...
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By Saja Hindi The Denver Post The Aurora City Council tackled several water issues Monday night, giving the final stamp of approval to the mayor’s proposal that would prohibit cool-weather grass for new golf courses and reduce the amount of grass in new developments. The City Council had to vote ...
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By Conrad Swanson The Denver Post Seven Western states and the 40 million people in them that depend on the Colorado River can’t yet agree on how to use less water and on Tuesday federal officials told them to cut even deeper. The river is drying and the states through which it flows — Arizona, C...
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Water Consumption Statistics, Lawnstarter  Safe and easily accessible water is vital for the entire population, whether for drinking, domestic use, and agricultural production.  Even while public awareness of water usage has increased in recent years, much more can be done in this area....
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By Conrad Swanson The Denver Post   Water officials from Colorado, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming published a plan this week to appease federal officials wanting to save water from the drying Colorado River but didn’t include any specific, mandatory cuts to save the precious resource. &nb...
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    By Susan Montoya Bryan The Associated Press ALBUQUERQUE » Tumbleweeds drift along the Rio Grande as sand bars within its banks widen. Smoke from distant wildfires and dust kicked up by intense spring winds fill the valley, exacerbating the feeling of distress that is beginning to w...
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    By The Associated Press LINCOLN, NEB. » Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval Tuesday to a bill that would let the state build a canal in Colorado to divert water out of the South Platte River, a project steeped in fears about the Denver area’s growing water consumption. Lawmakers...
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  Federal officials weigh emergency actions to reduce flow into Colorado River By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ. » Federal officials say it may be necessary to reduce water deliveries to users on the Colorado River to prevent the shutdown of a huge dam that supplies h...
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  As the West gets drier, Colorado tries to get every drop of moisture it can out of winter snowstorms By Conrad Swanson The Denver Post All across Colorado, teams of cloud seeders keep watch over the winter months, looking for the right conditions to make water. Snow, to be precise. But t...
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Firm says proposal a win for area; critics call it a “buy and dry” scheme By Conrad Swanson The Denver Post ALAMOSA » Trouble swirls above the aquifers of Colorado’s San Luis Valley, where farmers and ranchers raise and grow much of the region’s cattle, potatoes, alfalfa and barley. Those aquife...
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By Grant Schulte The Associated Press LINCOLN, NEB. » Nebraska water regulators rallied Wednesday behind a proposal to build a $500 million canal in neighboring Colorado to divert water out of the South Platte River, a project steeped in fears that the fast-growing Denver area will consume most of...
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By Thomas Peipert The Associated Press The sight can be jarring during extreme drought: snowmaking guns lined up on a mountainside, blasting precious crystal flakes on a ski run while the rest of the land goes thirsty. Snowpack in the U.S. West has decreased by about 20% in the last century, maki...
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  Colorado Division of Water Resources wants to better track usage in the region By Conrad Swanson The Denver Post Facing severe droughts along Colorado’s Western Slope, state officials want to take better stock of how much water people, businesses and governments take out of the White and ...
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  By Gillian Flaccus and Brittany Peterson The Associated Press MADRAS, ORE. » Phil Fine stands in a parched field and watches a harvester gnaw through his carrot seed crop, spitting clouds of dust in its wake. Cracked dirt lines empty irrigation canals, and dust devils and tumbleweeds punct...
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  Re: “The Colorado River is sending us a message,” Aug. 29 commentary Gary Wockner’s column on the Colorado River focuses on Lake Powell and how climate change necessitates a reassessment of how that reservoir should be managed. Clearly some very difficult decisions need to be made in view ...
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  By Soumya Karlamangla © The New York Times Co. HEALDSBURG, CALIF. » Take a drive through this picture-perfect wine country town and you’ll start to spot them, unsubtle symbols of the state’s extreme drought. Peeking out from side yards of cottages and behind fences of grand mult...
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  By Suman Naishadham The Associated Press WASHINGTON » U.S. officials on Monday declared the first-ever water shortage from a river that serves 40 million people in the West, triggering cuts to some Arizona farmers next year amid a gripping drought. Water levels at the largest re...
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  Drought, changing climate, high demand force government to act By Felicia Fonseca The Associated Press CASA GRANDE, ARIZ. » A harvester rumbles through the fields in the morning light, mowing down rows of corn and chopping up ears, husks and stalks into mulch for feed at a local dairy. T...
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