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

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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

Talking about drought: drought management and policy webinars with the Western Governors’ Association

Western drought is in the news and Coloradans are well versed after 2002 and 2012. But it isn't behind us, the state is always readying itself for future water shortage. The Colorado Drought Mitigation and Response Plan prepares us for drought while the Water Availability Task Force monitors conditions on a monthly basis. Regionally, many Coloradans have shared their … Continue reading Talking about drought: drought management and policy webinars with the Western Governors’ Association

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

7 Reasons Water-Lovers Should Visit the “Living West” Exhibit at History Colorado

Colorado’s challenging environment has shaped the state's history and its people, and perhaps the greatest shaping factor has been water.  Water has largely determined where people lived and how they survived, and water continues to challenge Coloradans today.  The Living West exhibit at History Colorado invites visitors to explore three water-related chapters of Colorado’s history:  … Continue reading 7 Reasons Water-Lovers Should Visit the “Living West” Exhibit at History Colorado

From Drought to Deluge– Register now for the DARCA Convention February 26-28

The 12th Annual Convention of the Ditch & Reservoir Company Alliance (DARCA) will be held February 26-28, 2014, at the Plaza Event Center in Longmont, Colorado. There is still time to register! Thirty speakers are scheduled for DARCA’s Annual Convention, From Drought to Deluge - Dealing with Uncertainty, and the event will focus on flood … Continue reading From Drought to Deluge– Register now for the DARCA Convention February 26-28

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

Drought Resources Quench Thirst for Knowledge

In Colorado, we've been talking about drought all year, and don't expect that to stop anytime soon. We saw the lowest snowpack statewide since 2002, the warmest spring in more than 100 years, fires by mid-summer, low stream flows and slew of drought impacts and mitigation efforts. If you're interested in learning more, or are … Continue reading Drought Resources Quench Thirst for Knowledge