Pueblo Reservoir faced releasing millions of gallons of water in April, but its fast-acting users averted a major spill

By Jerd Smith Water Education Colorado It’s a drought year, right? But back in April, Pueblo Reservoir in southeastern Colorado was so full of water it came within days of releasing the excess, also known as “spilling,” to make room for spring runoff. Spilling water is painful in a semi-arid state, in part because whomever … Continue reading Pueblo Reservoir faced releasing millions of gallons of water in April, but its fast-acting users averted a major spill

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Jury still out: Upper Colorado River Commission wants more action from Arizona’s CAP

By Jerd Smith Water Education Colorado Whether a high-level meeting between an Arizona water agency and the four upper basin states earlier this week will help restart a critical drought contingency planning effort in the Colorado River Basin isn’t clear yet, officials said. This despite an apology from Central Arizona Project managers for publicly discussing … Continue reading Jury still out: Upper Colorado River Commission wants more action from Arizona’s CAP

Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

By Larry Morandi As the Colorado General Assembly reaches the mid-point of its 2018 session, here’s a sample of water bills that have passed the house and are in the senate for consideration. They address aquatic nuisance species, use of reclaimed domestic wastewater, deficit irrigation and alternative transfer mechanisms, and groundwater storage and recovery. Final … Continue reading Capitol Beat: Water Bills Advance as Legislature Reaches Half-Way Point

Two Years In: Water plan funding for ag viability and storage

By Larry Morandi As Colorado’s Water Plan enters its third year of implementation, a new grant program run by the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is encouraging innovative projects to help meet the water plan's measurable objectives. Here are two examples that illustrate the diversity of approaches the plan supports. The water plan’s storage objective … Continue reading Two Years In: Water plan funding for ag viability and storage

Capitol Beat: Legislature Considers Alternatives to Buy and Dry

By Larry Morandi The Colorado General Assembly is considering a bill that would explore “deficit irrigation” as an alternative transfer mechanism (ATM). ATMs look at alternatives to the acquisition of agricultural water rights and their permanent transfer to other uses. Deficit irrigation is a strategy that applies less water than necessary to meet a crop’s … Continue reading Capitol Beat: Legislature Considers Alternatives to Buy and Dry

Larimer County-Broomfield Pilot Project

With Colorado’s population growing and the constant need for water, one would think that rural farmers and landowners would be positioned against the state’s larger municipalities. However, just the opposite is true in many cases, and the recent Larimer County-Broomfield Project is the perfect example. This project is the state’s first permanent agricultural-municipal alternative transfer … Continue reading Larimer County-Broomfield Pilot Project

Money for water: A pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers

By Sarah Tory, Aspen Journalism PINEDALE, WYO. – When Freddie Botur, 45, whose ranch spans 72,000 acres outside of Pinedale, Wyo., first heard about a program that was paying ranchers to let water run down the river instead of irrigating with it, he was skeptical. But Nick Walrath, a project coordinator for Trout Unlimited, told him … Continue reading Money for water: A pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers

Preventing Water Pollution Starts in Your Backyard

Agricultural runoff is a prominent source of excess nutrients in water sources, but this nonpoint source of water pollution can originate with excess fertilizer being used on urban landscapes as well. On April 13, 2017, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education was joined by Steve Lundt with the Barr Lake and Milton Reservoir Watershed Association … Continue reading Preventing Water Pollution Starts in Your Backyard

The Runoff Conundrum

When a summer storm crosses the eastern plains, drowning farmlands in a deluge, more than water ends up flowing into Colorado’s rivers, lakes and streams. On April 13, 2017, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education was joined by Troy Bauder, with Colorado State University Extension, for a webinar in which part of the discussion centered … Continue reading The Runoff Conundrum