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

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A Sustainable Water Future for South Metro Denver

By Eric Hecox In 2007, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education published its Citizen’s Guide to Denver Basin Groundwater, devoting particular attention to the south Denver metro region. The region had experienced rapid growth and was historically over-reliant on groundwater aquifers. Water leaders throughout the South Metro area, which includes parts of Douglas and Arapahoe … Continue reading A Sustainable Water Future for South Metro Denver

Call it a compact: Why examining the limits of Colorado River sharing is key to a successful state water plan

By Greg Trainor As Colorado’s Water Plan moves forward through a year of revisions, there remains in the background a larger, most-worrisome issue of diminishing supply across the wider Colorado River Basin. This is evident from the dropping water levels of lakes Powell and Mead during the last 13 years. In 2014, these two major … Continue reading Call it a compact: Why examining the limits of Colorado River sharing is key to a successful state water plan

Colorado’s vulnerability and preparation for climate change

Colorado’s record-breaking warm temperatures along with massive snow dumps on the East Coast, drought in California and the Pacific Northwest’s Pineapple Express rains have people across the country focusing on climate.  Globally, negotiators are working on a draft deal at the U.N. climate talks in Geneva to address climate change right now. And here in … Continue reading Colorado’s vulnerability and preparation for climate change

View from the Grand Valley: Municipal and agricultural partnerships

By Greg Trainor “In times of change, the learners will inherit the earth while the knowers will find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” —Eric Hoffer The search for pure water is a staple activity of Colorado municipalities. Historically and contemporaneously, this search has followed the trail directly to … Continue reading View from the Grand Valley: Municipal and agricultural partnerships

NOW ON FILM: National Young Farmers Coalition focuses on building resilience, one farm at a time

Crucial to the success of Colorado's Water Plan—released in draft form in December—will be our ability to use limited water resources more efficiently. Recently the Your Water Colorado Blog looked at municipal water conservation achievements, and now we turn to agriculture—the state’s largest water user—to explore how ag producers are shoring up to face scarcity … Continue reading NOW ON FILM: National Young Farmers Coalition focuses on building resilience, one farm at a time

Powerful new film “Warm Springs” tells story of boating on the Yampa River

It’s not everyday you get the experience of rafting through a powerful, Class IV rapid, on the peak of a free-flowing river’s annual runoff, in an epic water year. Although I’m not suggesting it's a replacement for the real thing, a new film from Steamboat Springs-based Rig to Flip has made it possible to vicariously … Continue reading Powerful new film “Warm Springs” tells story of boating on the Yampa River

Colorado’s Water Plan: Hickenlooper to receive draft after re-election…and a reminder of why the plan matters to us

The 2014 Colorado gubernatorial election was an exciting one, deemed too close to call throughout election day and into the next morning as counties tallied their final votes. In the end, Coloradans granted Gov. John Hickenlooper his bid for a second term. "We embark on Colorado's first water plan, written by Coloradans, for Coloradans." — … Continue reading Colorado’s Water Plan: Hickenlooper to receive draft after re-election…and a reminder of why the plan matters to us