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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South Denver Metro Shares Lessons on Path to Sustainable Water Future

By Eric Hecox This month the South Metro Water Supply Authority, with our technical consultants CH2M, released a comprehensive assessment of the South Denver Metro region’s water future. The study shows we have come a long way from the days of front-page headlines decrying the region as “running dry.” We can now say with confidence … Continue reading South Denver Metro Shares Lessons on Path to Sustainable Water Future

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

Next Gen Data-Driven Water Demand Management for Rocky Mountain Utilities: A WaterWise Lunch ‘N Learn

By Frank Kinder Demand Side Management (DSM) has become an important component of water supply for water providers. DSM practices are initiatives that help water users manage their consumption. They include incentives, rebates, retrofits, outreach, education, audits and other tools. These efforts help water utilities better understand, predict and plan for overall water demand and supply. … Continue reading Next Gen Data-Driven Water Demand Management for Rocky Mountain Utilities: A WaterWise Lunch ‘N Learn

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

Upcoming Conservation Summit

By Frank Kinder, co-chair of the Colorado WaterWise  board of directors, and senior conservation specialist with Colorado Springs Utilities Coloradoans are always thirsting for more water knowledge.  In the arid west, conservation is an important part of our water picture. Colorado WaterWise presents an update to conservation in the square state this month with its … Continue reading Upcoming Conservation Summit

Water: The Most Important Ingredient in Beer

Early this week, the Your Water Colorado Blog looked at water for agriculture, the state’s largest water user. Now, we'll continue exploring the ways in which people value and depend on water in Colorado by taking a look at water for industry... specifically an industry dear to the hearts of many Coloradans—brewing. Julie Kallenberger with the Colorado … Continue reading Water: The Most Important Ingredient in Beer

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

Why saving water makes sense, and how one Front Range utility does it award-winningly well

The first draft of Colorado’s Water Plan was delivered to Gov. John Hickenlooper last week, moving the state one step closer to having a comprehensive plan for meeting future water demand while protecting the state’s many water values. As we continue to explore the way people care about water in Colorado here on the blog, … Continue reading Why saving water makes sense, and how one Front Range utility does it award-winningly well

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