Arkansas River

May 7, 2016--“Prior appropriation is a doctrine of scarcity” — Greg Hobbs (Pueblo Chieftain)

If there was a message, it was: Water is everything and it starts here. Retired Colorado Supreme Court Justice Greg Hobbs held the Arkansas River Basin Water Forum captive for about an hour with a mix of photos that ranged from historic images to family photo albums and a collection of historic maps, which he once owned but has donated to the Supreme Court. His narrative wove a tale o

January 7, 2016--Judges: Rafters ride at own risk (Pueblo Chieftain)

An appeals court has affirmed that rafters who sign outfitters’ releases of liability in Colorado typically must bear the consequences — even death — resulting from the dangers involved. The 10th U.S.

June 8, 2015--Can leasing irrigation water keep Colorado farms alive? (High Country News)

Statewide, cities have acquired at least 191,000 acre-feet of agricultural water, eliminating farming and ranching on millions of acres. Water managers estimate Colorado could lose up to 700,000 more acres by 2050.

September 2, 2014--Nestle has expanded its water empire to include Colorado (Care2)

Not content with bottling water in drought-stricken California, Nestle has added Colorado to its water empire: the world’s largest food and beverage company has been draining mill

February 11, 2014--Farmers told to prep for shortage (Pueblo Chieftain)

It's no secret to farmers that the Arkansas Valley usually is short of water. But future consequences of the shortfall are illustrated by actions that already have occurred in the South Platte River and Rio Grande basins. The coming crisis was discussed last week at the Arkansas Valley Farm/Ranch/Water Symposium, which attracted about 200 participants.

January 10, 2014--Upper Arkansas receives Gold Medal Trout Waters status (Chaffee County Times)

The Colorado Parks and Wildlife Commission is pleased to announce the upper Arkansas River as the newest addition to the statewide list of Gold Medal Trout Waters. The Gold Medal reach is 102 miles long from the confluence with the Lake Fork of the Arkansas River, near Leadville, downstream to Parkdale at the Highway 50 bridge crossing above the Royal Gorge.

November 17, 2013--Dams, diversion damage lingers (Pueblo Chieftain)

The state is working on repairing a projected $2 billion damage to infrastructure caused by flooding in September. While roads, homes and other buildings were lost to raging waters, mainly in the northern part of the state, there was also severe damage to water structures.

October 23, 2012--Water rights, avoiding water conflicts (Trinidad Times)

The issue of who gets the water that flows from the Arkansas River Basin is of great concern to the people of southeastern Colorado at a time of extreme drought, an expanding population in many areas of the state and resulting pressure on limited water resources in the region.

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