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Weekly water roundup: Harris Sherman named to lead USFS


Photo: Colorado Department of Natural Resources

Short takes from the week in Colorado water:

Harris Sherman nominated to lead U.S. Forest Service

Director of the Colorado Department of Nautural Resources, Harris Sherman, has been tapped by President Obama for the USFS. If his nomination is approved by the U.S. Senate he'll join Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar and assistant secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks, Tom Norton in being in charge of roughly 30% of the land are in the U.S.

Sherman led the DNR both under former governor Dick Lamm and under current governor Bill Ritter.

Conservationist expressed mixed emotions last Friday citing Sherman's recent actions with Colorado's roadless policy. Sherman has taken a moderate position over the years emphasizing conservation.

Possible pollution from frac'ing in Wyoming

Colorado officials are watching closely the EPA's report on possible groundwater contamination from the hydraulic fracturing of oil and gas wells in Wyoming. Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Director David Neslin cautioned however that the situation is very complex and that the connection between fluids used in frac'ing and the possible contamination is not yet clear.

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