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2008-09-11 15:00:18

By Raam Wong Journal Staff Writer Starting this week, workers are clearing brush, laying pipe and otherwise moving forward on the construction of a $182 million project that will pump water from the Rio Grande and into Santa Fe homes. The big project on the Big River will convey water more than 11 miles to a new 15 million gallons per day treatment plant not far from the city's golf course. It was there, at the future site of the Buckman Direct Diversion Project, where local leaders...

2008-09-01 03:00:11

By Hazlehurst, John During an interview with the Pueblo Chieftain's Charles Ashby, Sen. John McCain said that he supported the "renegotiation" of the 1922 interstate compact, which governs the distribution of the waters of the Colorado River among the seven states that border the river. McCain was clear about the reasons: population growth in the lower basin states, specifically Arizona, Nevada, and California. Colorado politicians from both parties responded with rage. Both U.S....

2008-08-27 12:00:55

For John McCain, it was another what-was-I-thinking moment -- but this time on a topic close to home: In a mid-August telephone interview with the The Pueblo Chieftain, the Republican presidential candidate-to-be called for renegotiation of the Colorado River Compact -- with more water in mind for fast-growing Arizona, the state he represents in the Senate, as well as Southern California and Las Vegas, Nev. More water there, less in the "upper-basin" states of New Mexico, Utah, Colorado...

2008-08-25 21:00:21

By JOHN FLECK Of the Journal Presidential campaigns are both the best way and the worst way to have a national conversation about important public policy questions. They are the best way because they force the conversation. But the point-scoring, vote-tallying "gotcha" campaign culture frequently ensures that the ensuing discussion will have more heat than light. This was illustrated in dramatic fashion over the last week by the kerfuffle over John McCain's comments about the...

2008-08-20 18:00:29

A 450-foot tunnel-boring machine emerged from under the San Bernardino Mountains today, creating a nearly four-mile tunnel as part of a large-diameter regional water line that will help improve the quality and reliability of imported water serving nearly 19 million Southern Californians. The breakthrough completes the massive mechanical mole's nearly five-year passage through dirt, rocks and granite up to 1,500 feet beneath the mountain range, as part of Metropolitan Water District's...

2008-08-18 18:00:07

By Amanda Lee Myers PHOENIX - Days of heavy rains around the Grand Canyon caused an earthen dam to fail Sunday and created flooding that forced helicopters to pluck hundreds of residents and campers from the gorge. No injuries were reported Sunday. The failure of the Redlands Dam caused some flooding in Supai, a village on the canyon floor where about 400 members of the Havasupai tribe live, said Grand Canyon National Park spokeswoman Maureen Oltrogge. The flooding and the potential for...

2008-08-11 15:00:46

Environmentalists say the refusal of the U.S. Senate to rewrite the nation's mining regulations is putting the Colorado River at risk of pollution. Revisions of the mining laws addressing the pollution risk to rivers passed the U.S. House this year but has languished in the Senate, and that has worried those who fear a jump in new mining claims for uranium, gold and other metals will mean more run-off, the Arizona Republic reported Monday. "The Colorado River is the lifeblood of the...

2008-08-11 09:00:54

PHOENIX (AP) -- Lake Powell has reached its highest level in six years, a sign that the Colorado River is recovering from one of the worst dry spells on record. The giant reservoir that straddles the Arizona-Utah line hit its peak for the year late last month, 45 feet higher than it was in March before the river swelled with melted snow from the wettest winter on the Colorado watershed in a decade. The runoff boosted water storage for Arizona and the other states that rely on the Colorado...

2008-08-05 06:00:24

By Henry Brean By HENRY BREAN REVIEW-JOURNAL It began more than 40 years ago with plans to build a resort on the shores of Lake Mead, not far from where the Las Vegas Wash empties into the reservoir. If the National Park Service hadn't objected to the idea, there would be no Lake Las Vegas today. Federal officials were so eager to keep developer J. Carlton Adair from building on his lakeside property that they offered him a swap: his 67 acres on the lake for roughly 2,000 acres...

2008-07-28 09:00:55

By Chris Treese The "Water Worries" story in the July 19 edition of the Rocky Mountain News provided an excellent update about how Colorado is addressing its water future. The topic of water is complex, with many moving parts. On that note, the Colorado River District offers a few more details to add to the article. While Dillon Reservoir and Blue Mesa Reservoir certainly were landmark projects of the 1960s, significant projects have been built since or put under construction. There was...


Latest Colorado River Reference Libraries

Grand Canyon National Park
2013-03-19 15:03:05

Grand Canyon National Park is located in the American state of Arizona and is the country’s fifteenth established park. The main feature of the park is the Grand Canyon, which is a gorge of the Colorado River, and is often thought of as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The park contains 1,217,262 acres of land. It was established as an official national park in 1919, but the area was already well known as a landmark for thirty years. In 1903, President Theodore Roosevelt...

Colorado Squawfish, Ptychocheilus lucius
2013-01-12 06:47:45

Formally known as the Colorado squawfish, this freshwater species is now called the Colorado pikeminnow. This fish was native to Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming, as well as portions of Mexico, but with the natural habitat changed by the damming of rivers and streams, this fish is now restricted to the Colorado Basin. Limited numbers of the Colorado squawfish still remain in the following rivers: Green, Gunnison, White, San Juan and Yampa; additionally it...

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2009-01-13 19:58:20

The Bonytail Chub (Gila elegans) is a species of freshwater fish native to certain areas of Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada and Utah in the United States. Bonytail chub prefer backwaters with rocky or muddy bottoms and flowing pools, although they have been reported in swiftly moving water. They are mostly restricted to rocky canyons today, but were historically abundant in the wide downstream sections of rivers. It is the rarest of the endemic big-river fishes of the Colorado River. It...

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2007-04-10 16:43:12

The Woundfin (Plagopterus argentissimus) is a species of minnow endemic to the Virgin River of the southwestern United States. It is a slender, silvery minnow, with a flattened head and belly, long snout, leathery skin, and no scales. There are barbels on the corners of its lips, and its common name likely comes from the first spinous ray of its dorsal fin, which is sharp-pointed. Its maximum length is rarely more than 3 in (7.5 cm). Historically, the Woundfin occupied much of the lower...

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