• Legislative roundup: Bill to protect municipalities from water rights violations moves to Colorado Senate

    By MEGAN SCHRADER AND NEWS SERVICES megan.schrader@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    DENVER - A bill to protect municipalities from claims of water rights violations over stormwater detention facilities and wildfire mitigation efforts passed committee Wednesday and is headed to the Senate floor. Senate Bill 212, by Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, was drafted in response to a...

  • Waldo Canyon burn scar poses flooding threat along U.S. 24

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Sun, Apr 5, 2015

    Life along Ute Pass has settled into a new normal nearly three years after the Waldo Canyon fire, but part of that normal is a waiting game. Since the Colorado Department of Transportation has bolstered the major flood points along U.S. 24, the test now is to see how those culverts,...

  • Cascade residents live in fear of being washed away below Waldo Canyon burn scar

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Fri, Apr 3, 2015

    Tom Harris never sleeps when it rains in Cascade. He listens to the rain and knows that if he can hear the water coming down the mountain, it's too late. "Two weeks ago, when it rained all night up here, we didn't sleep all night," said Harris, who says he is shellshocked by memories...

  • Lack of votes holding up bill that could stave off water lawsuit for El Paso County

    BY MEGAN SCHRADER AND RYAN MAYE HANDY The Gazette -
    Updated: Thu, Apr 2, 2015

    DENVER - It's a "no-brainer" to pass a law this session that protects fire mitigation efforts in El Paso County from the threat of water rights enforcement, said Sen. Jerry Sonnenberg, R-Sterling. But his bill is facing an uphill battle. "We're still trying to find a compromise. I...

  • Water basins could have costly legal ramifications for El Paso County

    BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com -
    Updated: Wed, Apr 1, 2015

    More than two dozen El Paso County water basins that hold back flood debris and ensure local water quality are caught up in an unforeseen battle over water rights, putting the basins at the mercy of state lawmakers. Colorado Springs utility and stormwater managers, along with...

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