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Press Release: Water for Colorado Coalition Applauds Legislature, Governor’s Inclusion of Water Priorities in Stimulus Funding

Mar 11, 2021 -
The Water for Colorado coalition today lauded Governor Jared Polis’ and the Legislature’s inclusion of up to $50 million in Colorado’s stimulus package for water-specific projects, including watershed restoration, drought recovery and management, and additional support for projects outlined in the state’s water plan.

Multiyear drought builds in western US with little relief in sight

Mar 08, 2021 -
While much has been written this year about atmospheric rivers, avalanche warnings and even flash flooding, the western half of the United States is experiencing a crushing drought.

Colorado River study predicts even bigger water cuts. That’s not why it’s so intriguing

Mar 07, 2021 -
A new Colorado River study predicts we may need to make even deeper cuts to keep our reservoirs from tanking over the long haul. But the dire conclusions within the study aren’t what make it so intriguing.

In rapidly warming and drying Colorado River Basin, the negotiating table is being set

Mar 05, 2021 -
Anyone who has hosted a good dinner party knows that the guest list, table setting and topic of conversation play a big role in determining whether the night is a hit or the guests leave angry and unsatisfied.

Snow, Rain A Welcome Sight In Colorado But Drought Still A Big Problem

Mar 05, 2021 -
Colorado’s latest snowstorm was bringing moisture to the mountains and the Front Range, but nearly 99% of the state is still in a drought. Much of it is considered “extreme” and even more serious “exceptional” drought.

Big questions loom after inspection of Grizzly Creek Fire burn scar

Feb 28, 2021 -
The Grizzly Creek Fire covered 32,631 acres before it was officially deemed contained Dec. 18. It shut down Interstate 70 for two weeks after it ignited on Aug. 10. It threatened Glenwood Springs’ water supply and forced the closure of popular hiking trails and rafting put-ins.

The Climate Crisis May Threaten All That Depends on the Colorado River

Feb 25, 2021 -
Southern California farmers spend their winters watching the snowpack in the Colorado Rockies, and what they see is the climate crisis hitting hard.

Report: Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound previous planning

Feb 25, 2021 -
Some water experts fear that a long-held aspiration to develop more water in the Upper Colorado River Basin is creating another chance to let politics and not science lead the way on river management.

How Does a State Use 40 Percent Less Water?

Feb 24, 2021 -
Arizona, California, and Nevada will need to cut their use of Colorado River water by nearly 40 percent by 2050.

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.

How Colorado can make meaningful progress on water in 2021 and the years ahead

Feb 11, 2021 -
2020 was a year of water wins in Colorado including voter approved funding for our state’s water and rivers. That funding will...

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
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