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Colorado River study means it’s time to cut water use now, outside experts say

Feb 21, 2021 -
Less water for the Central Arizona Project — but not zero water. Even more competition between farms and cities for dwindling Colorado River supplies than there is now.

Recent snowstorms lower severity of drought in Southwest Colorado

Feb 18, 2021 -
This week, portions of Montezuma and La Plata counties dropped out of the worst drought category, thanks to recent snowstorms.

Snowpack improving with turn in weather

Feb 11, 2021 -
Colorado’s snowpack this winter continues to lag behind normal — much less the above-normal amount needed for the state to escape from a continuing drought — but it has improved thanks to recent storms, and more moisture is on the way.

Colorado’s Water Plan has made progress toward ensuring supply, but the work’s far from done

Feb 10, 2021 -
Five years in, accelerating climate change and rapid population growth, not to mention a shortage of funding, have made the Colorado Water Plan's vision for the future more complex.

Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

Feb 05, 2021 -
The survey of people in Colorado and 7 western states reveals spiking concerns about climate change, strong support for action, and how communities of color take public lands issues personally

Colorado sports betting is popular enough to quickly benefit state water projects after all

Jan 26, 2021 -
Gov. Jared Polis’ administration thought sports wagering would get off to a slow start, limiting payments to Colorado’s Water...

One-third of US rivers have changed color in recent decades, research finds

Jan 22, 2021 -
Significance of changes are unclear and could reflect various ways in which humans are impacting the environment

San Luis Valley ranchers see dividends in saving water for fish. Are they on to something?

Jan 21, 2021 -
Some ranchers are paid to change when they draw water from San Luis Valley reservoirs. There are benefits for...

Upper Colorado River Drought Plan Triggered For First Time

Jan 20, 2021 -
Increasingly bleak forecasts for the Colorado River have for the first time put into action elements of the 2019 upper basin drought contingency plan.

Lasting Colorado River solutions come from Main Street, not Wall Street

Jan 17, 2021 -
Sensational headlines, like those speculating that Wall Street will make billions off the Colorado River or that West Slope farmers should pack it in now, certainly attracts readers. Unfortunately,...

National eyes on Colorado River — but local reporters got there first

Jan 17, 2021 -
In recent weeks, various national and regional news outlets have taken a big interest in our little river. The New York Times, Politico, Arizona Republic and, last summer, the...

How does La Niña impact Colorado snowfall?

Jan 16, 2021 -
The world is currently experiencing a La Niña cycle, which means that water temperatures in the Central Pacific Ocean are lower than average for at least three months in...

Colorado snowpack trending wrong way to counter drought

Jan 15, 2021 -
In a winter when a normal amount of snowfall in Colorado won’t be enough to adequately counter the effects of ongoing drought, snowpack accumulations so far are heading in...

A “forever” drought takes shape in the West

Jan 14, 2021 -
The Southwest U.S. is mired in an ever-worsening drought, one that has left deer starving in Hawaii, turned 

2020 Was Earth’s 2nd-Hottest On Record And Colorado Felt It

Jan 14, 2021 -
It was more than the year of the pandemic; 2020 was also one of the planet’s hottest years ever recorded. It's a global trend driven largely by greenhouse gas...
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