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Renewing Commitment to the Colorado River at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market

In addition to the important water supply for agricultural, municipal and ecological purposes, summer on the Colorado River is synonymous with outdoor recreation. Expert sportsmen and novices alike flock to the water for rafting, kayaking, fishing, or even just a swim. But the...

Our Favorite Summertime Activities

Enjoying nature and spending time outdoors is a favorite year-round pastime in Colorado and an important driver of our economy. Colorado’s outdoor recreation industry generates $28 billion in customer spending per year and 229,000 direct jobs. It’s easy to see why this...
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This year’s runoff reports are promising, but drought is a long-term challenge in the West

After nearly two decades of drought in the American West, last winter’s heavy snowfall was a welcome surprise for communities in the region. That buildup of snow in the mountains melts each springtime, and eventually much of it runs into the Colorado River. However this...

Western Attitudes on Conservation Are Driving Action from Public Officials

2019 is already proving to be an exciting and inspiring year for those who care about the future of the Colorado River. Leaders in the seven basin states — Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming — are working together collaboratively to...

What do the Colorado gubernatorial candidates have to say about water?

With the gubernatorial election fast approaching, Coloradans want to know where the candidates stand on the most important issues–including the Colorado’s rivers. As crucial assets to our recreation industry and agriculture and the lifeblood of both cities and wilderness,...

Putting Out Fires from the Front Lines: One Firefighter’s Experience Putting out Devastating Wildfires

By Lydia Zowada, member of the Nature Conservancy’s Forest and Fire Team I am back in Colorado right now, but I have spent the summer traveling across the West to battle wildfires. I have been a firefighter since 2014 and have been working in the natural resource field for...

Critically low Lake Mead levels highlight need for Arizona action

By Kevin Moran  (NOTE: this post first appeared on Environmental Defense Fund) Lake Mead water users this week learned we once again narrowly avoided water cutbacks by the skin of our teeth. A 24-month projection released Wednesday by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation shows we...

Celebrating Colorado River Day

In honor of Colorado River Day on July 25, Water for Colorado has assembled stories about the importance of the Colorado River from across the Basin. These short, unique tales highlight how the mighty Colorado powers all aspects of life in the West. Below you’ll see stories...

2018 is the Year of the Bird. Colorado Must Step Up to Protect Them

by Abby Burk, Western Rivers Regional Program Manager, Audubon Rockies On behalf of all Coloradoans, we are thrilled to have Governor Hickenlooper affirm support for the wildlife of Colorado by declaring 2018 the Year of the Bird. Hundreds of species of birds are native to...

Here’s What Colorado’s Next Governor Can do to Safeguard our Water Supply

Water is critical to Colorado’s economy, lifestyle, and identity. It fuels our cities and agriculture and it supports our vital recreation industry. But increasing demands on our existing supplies and the looming threat of drought and climate change put our water supplies at...