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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...

Do You Know Your Water, Colorado?

Rivers are the lifelines of Colorado’s economy, environment, and lifestyle. They touch everyone in our state, providing most of our clean, safe, and reliable drinking water; supporting our thriving farms and ranches; and contributing to culture, heritage, and recreation —...

How Water Reuse Can Help Meet the West’s Water Needs

By Laura Belanger, Water Resources & Environmental Engineer (Note: this post first appeared on Western Resource Advocates.) The West faces a water supply gap, and the reasons are simple. Our quickly growing cities and towns are adding demands on our already stretched water...
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Pledge to Support & Fund Colorado’s Water Plan

If you look at Colorado’s mountains,  one thing is clear: it’s dry out there. In fact, it may be the driest winter in 30 years. While skiers and snowboarders make do, even more concerning is what comes this summer if the snow and rain between now and then doesn’t make up...

Colorado Families need a Ford not a Ferrari for a Water Plan Budget

Smart Prioritization and Collaboration Critical By Sinjin Eberle, Director of Communications Intermountain West-American Rivers; Kristin Green, Water Advocate-Conservation Colorado; Rob Harris, Senior Staff Attorney-Western Resource Advocates; and Brian Jackson, Associate...

Are you an expert on the Colorado River? Test your knowledge.

Happy Colorado River Day! Today we honor the hardest working river in the West and acknowledge all that it does for us. This river provides the water for our faucets, the irrigation for our crops, thousands of jobs and recreation for millions. The Colorado River touches the lives...