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Weekly water roundup: How long will Colorado's water last?, Black Canyon NP turns ten

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Short takes from the week in Colorado water:

First up is a look ahead to Tuesday. Several water bigwigs and CSU students will assemble to talk about the future and Colorado's water needs. The CSU release said:

Panelists will include: Reagan Waskom, director of the Colorado Water Institute; Larry Roesner, professor, CSU College of Engineering; Dick Wolfe, state engineer, Colorado; and CSU students from Running Water International in CSU's College of Business.

The event is free and open to the public. To register go to or call (303) 376-2613.

'River Watch' program helps inspire future scientific careers

Up in Estes Park middle schoolers are learning about Fish Creek and other watersheds by taking part in the River Watch program. One student said, "The cool parts were learning about and working with chemicals, collecting stuff and knowing we`re collecting our own data."

El Nino is building in the eastern Pacific Ocean

El Nino means warmer water in the eastern Pacific Ocean and hopefully a warm and wet winter in Colorado.

Arkansas Valley Conduit

Colorado's U.S. senators, Bennet and Udall, were able to help get a bill to President Obama's desk with $5 million in funding for the Arkansas Valley Conduit. The pipeline -- approved as part of the original Fryingpan-Arkansas Project legislation -- will move water from Lake Pueblo to towns in the Arkansas Valley in need of the higher quality water to upgrade infrastructure to treat lower quality water to current EPA and state standards.

S.B. 1777: The Good Samaritan Cleanup of Abandoned Hardrock Mines Act of 2009

Senator Udall was also busy on Tuesday. He introduced a bill would exempt certain groups that attempt cleanups of old mines from Clean Water Act violations. Opponents are worried about going down a slippery slope and relaxing standards.

Black Canyon of the Gunnison

Happy 10th birthday to the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For more info: I follow Colorado water issues at Coyote Gulch.