The mining company said the Army Corps required them to choose compensatory mitigation that was “in-kind” to the impacts on Yule Creek and as close as possible to the affected area.
That divisiveness reveals the tension between traditional water users like agricultural producers, who take water out of the rivers, and recreational and environmental water advocates, whose goal is to keep water in the river.
In The Runoff for April, Water Desk Editor Heather Sackett shares news items you won’t read anywhere else, and updates and context from recent stories. A “new normal” of scarcity. Watershed penpals. A tribal lawyer argues for compensated forbearance.
Still, the threat from out-of-state, urban interests loomed large at Thursday’s hearing.
But even though things on the whole are better than the previous two years, the lingering effects of drought means reservoirs are depleted and may take several seasons to rebound.
Cities have long dictated water policy, even as river recreation represents a growing segment of the state’s economy.
Will spring runoff be enough to fill a depleted Ruedi Reservoir?
Something that may influence if and how Ruedi fills this year is a phenomenon called the “April hole.”
News briefs not to be missed and a recap of the state’s best reporting on water policy.
As this angered some in Colorado, and the amount of water is proving to be the proverbial drop in the bucket, questions of the impact of the releases and were they worth it generate debate.