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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...

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...

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...

What’s on voters’ minds in the West?

Colorado College released its eighth annual State of the Rockies poll to a packed room in conjunction with Outdoor Retailer, the country’s biggest outdoor retail industry trade show, in Denver last Thursday (Side note: Outdoor Retailer picked up stakes from their long-time home...

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...

2017 Colorado River Summer Reading and Watch List

Looking to add to your summer reading or watch list? Whether you’re headed to a beautiful body of water, relaxing in your backyard, or staying in on a rainy day, we’ve got a list of captivating books and documentaries about the Colorado River that recap its rich history and offer...
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Every Drop Counts: What You Can Do to Save Water in the West

Modern conveniences have made it easy to forget how much water we’re using and where that water really comes from. This makes it even more difficult to grasp how your water usage habits can have a long-term impact on the collective water supply. With a predicted water deficit of...

National Conservation, Sportsmen Groups Applaud Passage of Congressional Omnibus Spending Bill

The bill contains more than $1.3 billion in vital funding and protections for Western water resources, including the Colorado River National conservation and sportsmen groups applauded passage through Congress of a new omnibus spending bill. The legislation contains $1.3 billi...
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