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

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Opinion: Bill Promotes Opportunities for Implementing More Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Projects in Colorado

By Ralf Topper HB 17-1076 is currently making its way through the legislative process having passed the House and the Senate.  This legislation, concerning rulemaking for artificial recharge of nontributary aquifers, opens the door for opportunities to implement aquifer storage and recovery programs in nontributary aquifers outside of the Denver Basin.  Nontributary groundwater, as defined … Continue reading Opinion: Bill Promotes Opportunities for Implementing More Aquifer Recharge and Recovery Projects in Colorado

Rainbarrels and Rainwater Harvesting for Water Conservation and Stormwater Management

Last month, Governor Hickenlooper signed HB 16-1005 into law, making rainwater harvesting widely legal in Colorado. Thanks to the legislation, precipitation can now be collected from residential rooftops, provided a maximum of two barrels with a combined storage of 110 gallons or less are used; precipitation is collected from a single-family residence or building that … Continue reading Rainbarrels and Rainwater Harvesting for Water Conservation and Stormwater Management

CFWE remembers the legacy of founder Diane Hoppe

Colorado Representative Diane Hoppe passed away Saturday.   "A great leader for challenging times. Graceful in times of stress. Generous with her wisdom at all times.  Her enduring legacy, leadership by example," says Justice Greg Hobbs, vice president of the CFWE board. Diane helped found the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, served as board president from … Continue reading CFWE remembers the legacy of founder Diane Hoppe

EPA’s new WOTUS rule expected soon, amid pushback

By Mark Scharfenaker Wherefloweth the Clean Water Act Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule jointly proposed last spring by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Army Corps of Engineers? The rule clarifies which waters are covered under the Clean Water Act, raising concerns over a potentially expanded federal jurisdiction over previously uncovered waterways, wetlands, and groundwater resources. … Continue reading EPA’s new WOTUS rule expected soon, amid pushback

Catching Colorado’s Rainwater

It's one of the most common questions and concerns we hear from Coloradans interested in water "Why can't we capture rainwater? Aren't rain barrels illegal in Colorado?" (the barrels themselves are legal, and widely sold, it's the rainwater storage that isn't in most cases)... But that could change. On Monday, Colorado's House of Representatives voted in … Continue reading Catching Colorado’s Rainwater

A conversation with Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn on water supply, transbasin diversions, conservation and more

Transbasin diversions have had a long, changing and important history redistributing water across Colorado.  In partnership, the Colorado Water Congress and Colorado Foundation for Water Education coordinated a series of webinars looking at these projects and exploring questions that are arising in the drafting of Colorado's Water Plan. The final webinar was a video-cast conversation between … Continue reading A conversation with Jim Lochhead and Eric Kuhn on water supply, transbasin diversions, conservation and more

Western Governors Address Two Key Federal Water Developments

By Mark Scharfenaker Two significant recent water developments on the federal front have triggered responses by the Western Governors Association. 1. EPA Water Transfer Rule The WGA, joined by the Western States Water Council, has urged the US Environmental Protection Agency to appeal a recent federal court ruling that remanded the agency's Water Transfers Rule … Continue reading Western Governors Address Two Key Federal Water Developments