Environmentalists are challenging a court ruling over whether water from the river is properly accounted for and being used in beneficial ways along the Middle Rio Grande Valley.
Colorado's drought monitor shows some improvement in Central Colorado, however much of the western portion of the state is still under "severe drought" or worse.
The EPA says it won't release public comments on its interim cleanup plan for mines in southwest Colorado, until a full plan is released.
Coal-fired engines can produce sparks that could ignite a wildfire.
The EPA said this week it is making progress on reviewing about 380 claims for lost income, fallen property values and other losses.
Wildfire threats in Colorado and across the Southwest have been significantly dampened by the monsoon season, but national fire and climatology experts said Wednesday the region is still grappling with the long-term effects of drought.
The remnants of Hurricane Bud slowed the growth of the 416 Fire in Durango and brought rain across the state.
The EPA chose 26 mining sites for interim work to reduce human and environmental risks while a long-term solution is studied.
River guides, pot shops, art galleries, musicians, farmer's markets and even the famous narrow gauge railroad are feeling the pinch.