Minute 323

Water has been a source of conflict for more than 200 years in the West. The Colorado River delta had not seen water for about 20 years until the Pulse Flow, a release of 105,392 acre-feet of water from the Morelos Dam, boosted the Colorado River, allowing it to flow to Mexico’s Gulf of California … Continue reading Minute 323

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Weather Modification-Cloud Seeding Data

Think Mother Nature is the only one that can control the weather? Well think again. During times of drought and as we look toward an uncertain climate future, water managers and scientists are relying on cloud seeding to bring snow to ski resorts and a more reliable water supply along the Colorado River. Cloud seeding … Continue reading Weather Modification-Cloud Seeding Data

A Single Drop

Each year brings warnings of drought and with it, the implementation of water conservation measures. How do climatologists know if a lack of precipitation is a drought indicator or simply part of the earth’s natural cycle? In a word: Data. Everything water related, including drought, begins with precipitation. Systematic weather reporting in Colorado began in … Continue reading A Single Drop

Water Challenges for Young Western Farmers

When you hear the word “farmer,” what is the first thing that comes to mind? Most people have a preconceived notion of what farming looks like, as well as what is involved in the actual practice of farming. While the average age of an American farmer is 58, and farmers over the age of 65 … Continue reading Water Challenges for Young Western Farmers

Grand Valley Farmers Participate in Drought Planning Effort

Drought conditions in the Colorado River Basin will continue to be a focus at the Colorado River Water Users Association Annual Conference which runs tomorrow through Friday, Dec. 14-16, 2016 in Las Vegas. The conference will feature expert speakers, panelists and discussions and is regularly attended by key decision makers from Colorado River Basin states. … Continue reading Grand Valley Farmers Participate in Drought Planning Effort

Colorado River District Annual Seminar Proceedings Now Available on Web

By Jim Pokrandt   Videos and speaker summaries from the Colorado River District’s Annual Seminar held in September are now online and can be found at www.coloradoriverdistrict.org. The seminar’s theme was “Colorado River Waves of the Future: Fitting the West to the River’s New Normal.” More than 200 people attended the event, held in Grand Junction. … Continue reading Colorado River District Annual Seminar Proceedings Now Available on Web

No Chico Brush: Collaboration for Colorado’s Water Future

  Before irrigated agriculture in the Uncompahgre and North Fork Valleys, there was chico brush. These woody desert plants covered vast swaths of land in southwestern Colorado until the late 1800s and early 1900s, when works like the Gunnison Tunnel diverted water that was used to transform these valleys into the agricultural hubs they are … Continue reading No Chico Brush: Collaboration for Colorado’s Water Future

Landscape Water Conservation at Northern Water and the Conservation Gardens Fair

By Lyndsey Lucia Water conservation is an important topic in Colorado. We live in a semi-arid climate with significant oscillations in annual precipitation and the threat of drought always looming. The majority of water use in urban areas occurs on landscapes. This is where Northern Water, along with many other water providers in Colorado, focuses … Continue reading Landscape Water Conservation at Northern Water and the Conservation Gardens Fair

The Connector in Chief on the Colorado River

By Jim Pokrandt Call her the connector in chief. That is, connector in chief of the dots. In her new role in academia and water policy, Pat Mulroy, the retired chief of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, and now senior fellow for climate adaptation and environmental policy for The Brookings Institution, has poured it on in her speeches—connecting water … Continue reading The Connector in Chief on the Colorado River

Not too late to catch Colorado River experts: Video presentations now available online

By Jim Pokrandt The Colorado River District’s Annual Water Seminar in September 2015 attracted more than 200 people to Grand Junction, Colorado, to hear discussions on the topic: “Will What’s Happening in California Stay in California?” Pat Mulroy, former head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority, told the audience the answer was absolutely not: California’s … Continue reading Not too late to catch Colorado River experts: Video presentations now available online