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


Statewide Water Supply Initiative Update

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) is working to update the Statewide Water Supply Initiative (SWSI), a technical analysis of water supply and demand forecasts for a wide variety of water uses across the state. The data in previous SWSI studies has informed discussions among Colorado’s nine basin roundtables, and was incorporated into Colorado’s Water … Continue reading Statewide Water Supply Initiative Update

Alternative Transfer Methods in Action

In spring 2016, tests showed that groundwater used for drinking in Security, Widefield and Fountain had been contaminated with high levels of perfluorinated compounds or (PFCs). PFCs are thought to have been released during firefighting drills at Peterson Air Force Base, north of Security-Widefield, between 1970 and 1990. Over the past year, to avoid contaminated … Continue reading Alternative Transfer Methods in Action

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

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

The State of Colorado Coal

The State of Colorado Coal CFWE's most recent Headwaters magazine on energy took a look at coal in Colorado.  Writer Josh Zaffos interviewed Jack Ihle, Xcel Energy’s director of environmental policy about the switch from coal to natural gas... Even with the rush toward natural gas, the push for renewables, and potential carbon emissions regulations, … Continue reading The State of Colorado Coal

Climate and Cattle

Drought can devastate Colorado's agricultural industry, as we've seen this year in the Arkansas River Basin. An article pulled from this blog for the Grand Junction Free Press' Water Lines column begins to highlight the impacts southeastern Colorado is seeing: Area producers are seeing economic impacts — the 2013 winter wheat crop was almost nonexistent, … Continue reading Climate and Cattle

Celebrate Source Water During National Drinking Water Week

      May 5-11 is National Drinking Water Week-- as the EPA does their part to involve citizens and promote drinking water protection, consider source water in Colorado. As a headwaters state, we're responsible for the water that nourishes 19 states and Mexico, plus we take pride in the quality of our water and … Continue reading Celebrate Source Water During National Drinking Water Week