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Our water, climate & stream flow

Within the past 25 years climate in the northern San Luis Valley has changed significantly. As shown by data herein, rising temperatures and falling precipitation are impacting our snowpack, rainfall, stream flow; and indirectly, groundwater levels, vegetation, and fire danger. This article looks at long-term trends in the above...

Douglas County votes no to expend federal funds on RWR water export proposal

Douglas County Commissioners issued a decision in a work session held on May 24: “The...

Governor opposes RWR water export plan, US Senators Bennet & Hickenlooper concur, invoking Wirth Amendment

Governor Polis joins other Colorado elected officials in opposing the proposed water export plan...

Governor Opposes RWR Water Steal

The attention on a $600-million proposal to pipe water from the San Luis Valley...

Nebraska Governor announces $500 million plan to claim water in South Platte—why this concerns the SLV

In a January press conference, Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska would invoke...

Renewable Water Resources proposes selling SLV water to Douglas County—SLV opposition organizes

RWR’s proposal to Douglas County is, for an initial payment of $20 million, to build a pipeline that would bring 22,000 acre-feet of water...

What has the SLV Ecosytem Council been doing to protect your public lands in 2021? —Lots!

For over two decades, the San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council (SLVEC) has loyally advocate for the protection of roughly 3.1 million acres of public...

Federal government declares water shortage on Colorado River—Water cuts expected for western states

Lake Mead has dropped to its lowest level since 1937, when the reservoir first filled behind the newly completed Hoover Dam. Since 2000, nearly...

Rebalancing the SLV water budget through shared sacrifice Persistent drought affecting water use & planning

In March of this year, well operators in the Rio Grande Water Conservation District Subdistrict 5 were asked to stop pumping. The State Engineer...

San Luis Valley Wetlands: Critical stopover habitat for bird migration and the ‘kidneys’ of the Earth

Each spring and fall, thousands of feathers slice through the brisk San Luis Valley (SLV) sky, alerting resident wildlife, local farmers, and eager bird-watchers...

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