<![CDATA[Colorado Springs Gazette RSS - flood]]> http://gazette.com/rss/flood Sun, 19 Apr 2015 03:29:07 -0600 Zend_Feed http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss <![CDATA[Waldo Canyon burn scar poses flooding threat along U.S. 24]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/waldo-canyon-burn-scar-poses-flooding-threat-along-u.s.-24/article/1549024?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/waldo-canyon-burn-scar-poses-flooding-threat-along-u.s.-24/article/1549024?custom_click=rss

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, basins and nets withstand the storms that hit the Waldo Canyon burn scar in the coming months.

"All of our eyes will just be on those to see if the projects they have done are working," said Lorrie Worthey, the mayor of Green Mountain Falls, a hamlet that faces the burn scar and its worst flooding zones. "It's so unpredictable.



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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, basins and nets withstand the storms that hit the Waldo Canyon burn scar in the coming months.

"All of our eyes will just be on those to see if the projects they have done are working," said Lorrie Worthey, the mayor of Green Mountain Falls, a hamlet that faces the burn scar and its worst flooding zones. "It's so unpredictable.

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Sun, 05 Apr 2015 23:01:09 -0600
<![CDATA[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 - http://gazette.com/lack-of-votes-holding-up-bill-that-could-stave-off-water-lawsuit-for-el-paso-county/article/1548939?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/lack-of-votes-holding-up-bill-that-could-stave-off-water-lawsuit-for-el-paso-county/article/1548939?custom_click=rss

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 don't know whether we are going to get there or not," Sonnenberg said Wednesday, explaining why his Senate Bill 212 has not been heard in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

Colorado Springs Utilities and others have been put on notice by the state that some of the fire-zone water management systems in El Paso County are violating water rights of those downstream.

Sonnenberg said no one has opposed the part of his



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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 don't know whether we are going to get there or not," Sonnenberg said Wednesday, explaining why his Senate Bill 212 has not been heard in the Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee.

Colorado Springs Utilities and others have been put on notice by the state that some of the fire-zone water management systems in El Paso County are violating water rights of those downstream.

Sonnenberg said no one has opposed the part of his

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Thu, 02 Apr 2015 14:26:15 -0600
<![CDATA[Water basins could have costly legal ramifications for El Paso County]]> BY RYAN MAYE HANDY ryanmaye.handy@gazette.com - http://gazette.com/water-basins-could-have-costly-legal-ramifications-for-el-paso-county/article/1548869?custom_click=rss http://gazette.com/water-basins-could-have-costly-legal-ramifications-for-el-paso-county/article/1548869?custom_click=rss

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 nonprofits charged with managing recovery in the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar, were taken aback last fall when the state declared that 25 of the 30 major basins violate a state statute that prevents stored water from affecting other water rights. In a January follow-up letter, the Colorado Division of Water Resources said unless the handful of entities that manage the basins can afford to replace some of the lost water, they could face legal action from the



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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 nonprofits charged with managing recovery in the Waldo Canyon fire burn scar, were taken aback last fall when the state declared that 25 of the 30 major basins violate a state statute that prevents stored water from affecting other water rights. In a January follow-up letter, the Colorado Division of Water Resources said unless the handful of entities that manage the basins can afford to replace some of the lost water, they could face legal action from the

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Wed, 01 Apr 2015 13:58:47 -0600