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The Colorado River Is Being Sapped By The Heat

BY NELL LONDON The Colorado River is being sapped by rising temperatures and its fate is worse than most forecasters realize, according to a new study looking at the effects of climate change. The study, co-authored by Brad Udall, a climate scientist at Colorado State University,...

Leasing water – a novel idea to combat “buy and dry” in Colorado

By Brian Jackson As populations in Colorado and the West continue to grow, water is moving from farms to cities. The current practice of “buy and dry” in Colorado – buying farmland only for its water – is bad for farmers, bad for rural communities and bad for critical ecosystems...

Colorado’s Leading Conservation Organizations Mark 1 Year Anniversary of Water Plan

First Year of Implementation Makes Progress – More Laps and Increased Pace Needed to Achieve Water Goals DENVER, Nov. 16, 2016 – On the one-year anniversary of Colorado’s first water plan being adopted, Colorado’s leading conservation organizations – America...

What leading conservation groups are saying about the one year anniversary of the Colorado Water Plan

This post first appeared in Summit Daily under the headline “Colorado Water Plan faces new hurdles on one-year anniversary.” One year in, and questions remain over what impact the Colorado Water Plan is having — or will have — across the state. Even proponents for the...

National Conservation, Sportsmen Groups Applaud Bureau of Reclamation Efforts to Reward Projects that Protect the Health of Rivers

Public Comment Period for WaterSMART Grant Criteria Closes with Thousands of Comments in Favor of Prioritizing Projects that Keep Water in Our Rivers National conservation and sportsmen groups applauded recent proposed changes from the Bureau of Reclamation intended to prioritize...

Protecting Our Colorado River

by Mark Udall  Water makes the West as we know it. Congressman Wayne Aspinall put it best: In the West, when you touch water, you touch everything. Never have these words rang more true that today, as we endure a record 16th year of drought in the Colorado River basin — and...

An interview with water expert John Fleck

This interview with John Fleck, a former water reporter and current Director of the Water Resources Program at the University of New Mexico first appeared on Vox.com. The interview focuses on Fleck’s new book  Water Is for Fighting Over which covers the water crisis in the...

Coverage of the Final Colorado Water Plan Release

Here’s a roundup of coverage of the plan’s release. Aspen Journalism: Boiling down the Colorado Water Plan’s action plan  Western Slope Now: Colorado Water Plan’s Impact on Western Slope  High Country News: Will a new state plan solve Colorado’s water troubles?...

2015 Coverage Highlights

Here’s a roundup of notable 2015 coverage of the Colorado River. Western Slope Now (Grand Junction) : Citizens Petition Gov. Hickenlooper Over West Slope Water(Oct. 25) Grand Junction Sentinel (Western Slope): State Water Official Positive About Plan (Oct. 21) Grand...
River Beside Bike Trail in Colorado

2014 Coverage Highlights

Press Release:New Poll: Coloradans Support Healthy Rivers, Conservation(Oct. 13, 2014) CNBC:18,000 Coloradans Call on Water Board For Strong Conservation (Oct. 13, 2014) Press Release:Governor and Water Board Called Upon to Improve State Water Plan Since Local Water Plans Would...