Front Range

July 12, 2014--West-Slope Colorado towns restore local flows, even as thirsty front-range lawns drink from their rivers (National Geographic)

When residents in Denver, Colorado Springs and other cities on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains turn on their sprinklers to irrigate lawns, they rarely think about the fate of fish in the headwaters of the Colorado River on the other side of the Continental Divide.


July 10, 2014--Western Slope counties look to protect water resources (Summit Daily)

“No more water across the Divide” is the rallying cry of the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan. The second draft of the plan was released July 1, and over and over it calls for a stop to diversions of water from the Colorado River Basin under the Continental Divide.


June 19, 2014--Not much love for proposed new water diversions (Summit Voice)

For all the detailed information in the 16,000-page study for Denver Water’s proposed new water diversions from the Western Slope, there are still more questions than answers, according to formal comment letters filed in the past few weeks.


May 29, 2014--Can the state water plan bridge the gap? (Summit Voice)

When Colorado’s earth cracked open in the great drought of 2002, it may have also cracked open a new corner of consciousness about the finite nature of the state’s water supplies. Spurred by the drought, Gov.


May 24, 2014--Draft plan for state’s water future released (Aspen Daily Times)

The Colorado River Basin Roundtable has released its draft Basin Implementation Plan. The plan was laboriously prepared by consultants at SGM in Glenwood Springs for the Colorado roundtable includes 89 dense pages in an unwieldy 11-by-17 inch format, and that it takes a day to fully decipher and absorb, it’s hard to blame someone for not digging into it.


May 22, 2014--Growth leads to water worries (Gazette)

Where does our drinking water originate and should we worry about it? Most of it comes from Rocky Mountain snow. But most of the snow runoff flows westward rather than toward the Front Range where we live. So we finagle it eastward by sucking it through byzantine mazes of tunnels, pipelines, reservoirs and canals.


May 5, 2014--Water planning: What Colorado could learn from Texas (Durango Herald)

Following an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2013, Colorado commenced creating its first statewide water plan. Other western states have already done this, most notably Texas.


April 18, 2014--Front Range wants dibs on river water (Grand Junction Daily Sentinel)

A coalition of Front Range water utilities is calling in a letter for assurance that a new transmountain diversion project will be a part of a state plan aimed at filling the anticipated future gap between demand and supply. That desire by the Front Range Water Council is unsettling others who question whether the Western Slope has any more water left to give.


March 31, 2014--Statewide water
shortage talks yield modest breakthrough (Aspen Daily Times)

Front Range water users seeking new supplies of Western Slope water said last week they may settle for a reduction in diversions during dry years to accommodate the existing demands of people in western Colorado and downstream in states like Nevada and California.

March 31, 2014--Statewide water shortage talks yield modest breakthrough (Aspen Daily News)

Front Range water users seeking new supplies of Western Slope water said last week they may settle for a reduction in diversions during dry years to accommodate the existing demands of people in western Colorado and downstream in states like Nevada and California.

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