Colorado

August 7, 2014--The ‘whoa’ in the state’s water woes (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Earlier this year, Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed Senate Bill 23 — a bill designed to encourage water conservation on the Western Slope — because he thought it created a “polarizing” atmosphere at a time when the Legislature was attempting to build consensus around a state water plan. There were other factors.


August 6, 2014--The uphill journey of the greenback cutthroat trout (WestWord)

State and federal biologists have been trying to protect the greenback cutthroat trout ever since it was included on the first-ever Endangered Species Act list in 1973. But in 2007, a University of Colorado study cast doubt on whether the fish they'd been saving were actually greenbacks at all.


August 6, 2014--Where the wild things are: Hermosa Creek among best (Denver Post)

Coloradans, perhaps better than anyone, understand and appreciate just how special the wilderness can be. And as connoisseurs of the outdoors, they recognize there are not only wild places, but there are best wild places. These are the places that inspire — some acknowledged and held sacred, others that have managed to remain under the radar.


August 5, 2014--Researchers: Colorado faces warmer future, water supply challenges (Daily Camera)

Colorado's climate has warmed by about 2 degrees over the past 30 years and should see an increase of at least that much by 2050 with widespread implications for water supply, according to a comprehensive newreport released today.


August 5, 2014--Front Range eyes more Colorado River diversions (Sky-Hi News)

The nascent Colorado Water Plan has begun to materialize in the form of draft implementation plans for each of the state’s eight largest river basins. And Front Range interests are once again looking toward the Colorado River to cushion water demand in the face of rising populations and interstate water obligations on the other side of the divide.


August 2, 2014--Aurora trumps Western Slope in water rights case (Aspen Daily News)

Pitkin County and the Colorado River District are planning to appeal a judge’s ruling that gives the city of Aurora the right to use water from the upper Fryingpan River basin for municipal purposes, without a penalty for 23 years of “unlawful” water use.


July 31, 2014--Governor’s Water Plan could ignite water war (Boulder Weekly)

In May of last year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to create the Colorado Water Plan. As a part of the process established by the governor’s order, nine regional roundtables were empowered to create water plans for the river basins in their particular areas. These regional plans are referred to as Basin Implementation Plans or BIPs.


July 30, 2014--Pokrandt: Colorado needs a better water plan (Post Independent)

It’s almost time for football training camps, so here’s a gridiron analogy for Colorado River water policy watchers: Western Colorado is defending two end zones. One is the Colorado River. The other is agriculture. The West Slope team has to make a big defensive play.


July 30, 2014--Smarter urban water: How dammed Denver turned to ridiculing waste (Guardian)

“A lot of suburban water planners plan for yesterday,” says Eric Kuhn, general manager of the Colorado River Water District. But in Denver the national baby boomer vogue for suburban “ranchettes” with water-sucking lawns so big that you need a tractor to mow them is giving way to a millennial preference for downtown living in condos and lofts.


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