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Arkansas River Report for March 2024

Arkansas River Report for March 2024

  ​March precipitation brought above-normal snowpack to all of the state’s river basins, leaving less than 30% of Colorado under any level of drought conditions, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report released April 4. The National Weather Service three-month outlook “leans” toward above-average temperatures for Colorado and the Arkansas River Basin through June and projects “equal chances” of […]

Two southeast Colorado farmers sentenced to prison for defrauding federal crop insurance program

Two southeast Colorado farmers sentenced to prison for defrauding federal crop insurance program

By Tyler Dumas Published March 1, 2024 3:06 PM DENVER, Colo. (KRDO) – The United States Attorney’s Office (USAO) for the District of Colorado announced Friday that two farmers from Springfield, Colorado have agreed to pay more than $6.5 million to resolve allegations that they defrauded federal crop insurance programs by tampering with and damaging rain gauges. According […]

Recent Drought Monitor Report for Colorado

Recent Drought Monitor Report for Colorado

High Plains Half an inch to locally 2 inches of precipitation fell this week over the Colorado mountains into adjacent Wyoming, and over western Wyoming. A band of precipitation extended across South Dakota, with locally up to half an inch falling. Otherwise, the High Plains region received little to no precipitation. D0 was expanded in […]

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum to be held March 6-7, 2024

Arkansas River Basin Water Forum to be held March 6-7, 2024

  For immediate release: March 6-7, 2024 Arkansas River Basin Water Forum The 29th Arkansas River Basin Water Forum, the basin’s premiere water event, will be held March 6 – 7, 2024 at Otero College in La Junta.  This year’s Forum will feature the state’s top water experts discussing critical issues facing all segments of water […]

Drought Information Statement for South Central and Southeast Colorado as of January 20, 2024

Drought Information Statement for South Central and Southeast Colorado as of January 20, 2024

Four Week Drought Monitor Class Change. Drought Worsened: Portions of Lake, Chaffee, Fremont, Custer, Pueblo and Costilla counties. No Change: Most of south central Colorado.  Drought Improved: The southeast Plains. Precipitation: After a dry start to the 2024 Water Year (Oct 2023-Sept 2024), precipitation across south central and southeast Colorado picked up in the month […]

Bennet, Hickenlooper Call on President Biden to Support Funding for Arkansas Valley Conduit

Bennet, Hickenlooper Call on President Biden to Support Funding for Arkansas Valley Conduit

    Denver — Colorado U.S. Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper called on President Biden to prioritize funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit (AVC) in his budget for Fiscal Year 2025 (FY25). The AVC is a planned 130-mile water-delivery system from the Pueblo Reservoir to nearly 40 rural communities and 50,000 Coloradans throughout the […]

2023 Weather Year in Review Across Southern Colorado-7 Year Precip Report for SE Colorado

2023 Weather Year in Review Across Southern Colorado-7 Year Precip Report for SE Colorado

    The first week of the January 2023 was relatively cool and unsettled across south central and southeast Colorado, before upper-level ridging brought warm and dry conditions to region for the second week of January. The last half of January saw occasional disturbances bringing surges of cold and unsettled weather to the area, with […]

CPW Seeks Applications for Projects to Restore Wetland Habitat

CPW Seeks Applications for Projects to Restore Wetland Habitat

  Colorado Parks and Wildlife (CPW) is seeking applications for wetland and riparian restoration, enhancement and creation projects to support its Wetland Wildlife Conservation Program. CPW will award over $1.1 million in funds from Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) and Colorado Waterfowl Stamps to projects in Colorado that support the Wetlands Program Strategic Plan’s two main goals: […]

LUB – ARPA Moving Ahead with Turbine Repairs

LUB – ARPA Moving Ahead with Turbine Repairs

    The Lamar Utility Board ended their year with the Systems Operating Report from Light Plant Superintendent, Houssin Hourieh. He noted the sales of electricity through November 2023 were down approximately 2.68% when compared to the same time frame in 2022.  Resident sales were down 3.98%, commercial/industrial sales were off 1.9% and irrigation sales […]

Robert Sakata Named as first-ever CDA Agricultural Water Policy Advisor

Broomfield, Colorado — The Colorado Department of Agriculture has hired farmer Robert Sakata to serve as the first Agricultural Water Policy Advisor, a position which was created as a result of funding approved during the 2023 legislative session to engage with Colorado farmers and ranchers on water issues affecting agricultural users. He will start in […]

Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet Dec. 7 in La Junta, Colorado

Arkansas River Compact Administration to Meet Dec. 7 in La Junta, Colorado

  Arkansas River Compact Colorado – Kansas Topics to be covered at the annual meeting include a review of John Martin Reservoir operations, compliance update, committee reports, and updates from state and federal agencies. MANHATTAN, Kan. — The Arkansas River Compact Administration (ARCA) annual meeting will be on Thursday, December 7, 2023, at 8:30 a.m. […]

Drought Information Statement for South Central and Southeast Colorado 

Drought Information Statement for South Central and Southeast Colorado 

  Valid November 30th, 2023 – Issued By: NWS Pueblo, Colorado U.S. Drought Monitor – Drought intensity and Extent: D0: Abnormally Dry:  Portions of Chaffee, Saguache, Fremont, Custer, Huerfano, Las Animas, Pueblo, Crowley, Otero, Bent, Kiowa and Prowers counties.   Recent Change in Drought Intensity – Four Week Drought Monitor Class Change. Drought Worsened: Portions of […]

SEA Says:  Composting Yard Waste and Other Organic Materials

SEA Says:  Composting Yard Waste and Other Organic Materials

Soils in the Southeast Area of Colorado are many times low organic matter.  Organic matter turns the color of the soil from beige to brown or black. Soil organic matter or organic matter has many benefits which include better water infiltration which in turn keeps water from running off and keeps more moisture in the […]

Gov. Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

Gov. Polis Announces Boards and Commissions Appointments

    Arkansas River Compact Administration The Arkansas River Compact Administration was created to administer the provisions of the compact which was created with respect to the waters of the Arkansas River.  The administration shall cooperate with each state charged with the administration of water rights and with federal agencies in the systematic determination and […]

Sparrow House Victory Garden Offers Nutritional Benefits

    Although the idea for a produce garden had been planned for several years for the Sparrow House Food Pantry at 907 South 3rd Street in Lamar, it took 18 months, donations, volunteer work and some on-the-job training for the garden to come to fruition. Opening day was this past Saturday, September 16th, and […]