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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Change Brings Hope

By the Colorado Water Trust staff In October 2016, The Durango Herald carried a modest story sporting the headline, “Trout Discovered in Creek Long Devoid of Fish.”  In the southwest corner of Colorado, where abandoned mines and contaminated streams have long been a part of the otherwise magnificent mountain landscape, this is encouraging news—especially for a … Continue reading Change Brings Hope

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

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

From Vine to Wine on tour in Palisade, Colorado

By Kelsea Macilroy Here in Colorado, we all know where the best peaches come from: the Grand Valley. Enjoying some of the most temperate weather in Colorado, the Grand Valley of Western Colorado is one of the few places peaches and grapes can be grown reliably in abundance. For over a century viticulture has been … Continue reading From Vine to Wine on tour in Palisade, Colorado

Colorado River District Annual Seminar: Will What’s Happening in California Stay in California?

Two of the most important women in Western water leadership will be addressing the Colorado River District’s popular Annual Water Seminar in Grand Junction, Colo., that takes place Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Two Rivers Convention Center. Headlining the event are Jennifer Gimbel, the assistant secretary for water … Continue reading Colorado River District Annual Seminar: Will What’s Happening in California Stay in California?

Increasing consciousness: Arizona’s investment in water education

I spend a fair amount of time in the Phoenix area visiting my sister and her family.  The warm winter days are a great alternative to blocking the cold drafts that sneak through my 100 year old windows in Denver.  I visited last fall and was happy to attend a luncheon panel on the Colorado … Continue reading Increasing consciousness: Arizona’s investment in water education