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

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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

Go Time for Colorado’s Water Plan: meeting the plan’s conservation goals

  By Nelson Harvey, excerpts pulled from an originally published in the Winter 2016 issue of Headwaters magazine When Gov. John Hickenlooper triumphantly hoisted the final water plan at a mid-November ceremony in Denver, the hundreds of Coloradans who contributed to its formation paused to take a congratulatory breath. Yet even then, questions were swirling … Continue reading Go Time for Colorado’s Water Plan: meeting the plan’s conservation goals

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

Animas River Stakeholders Group: An Unlikely Alliance for Watershed Health in the San Juans

By Samantha Wright For 21 years, an unlikely alliance of mining companies, environmental organizations, landowners, local governmental entities, and state and federal regulatory and land management agencies has converged faithfully on the third Thursday of almost every month in the tiny, isolated town of Silverton in the San Juan Mountains of southwestern Colorado. Collectively known … Continue reading Animas River Stakeholders Group: An Unlikely Alliance for Watershed Health in the San Juans

Colorado Water Trust working to marry instream flow protection and ranch production on Little Cimarron River

By Zach Smith When standing on the ranch, you can’t quite see the river. If it’s a good autumn, the snowy peaks of the San Juan Mountains within the Uncompahgre Wilderness Area backstop the narrow valley to the south, and the tops of the turning cottonwoods peek out of a ravine to the west. Just … Continue reading Colorado Water Trust working to marry instream flow protection and ranch production on Little Cimarron River

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

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

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