In The News

July 14, 2014--The water-energy nexus could become a collision in a warming world (High Country News)

If you thought fracking was a water-guzzling and violent way to get the oil and gas flowing from shale, then you should check out oil shale* retorting. Earlier this month, details were made public regarding an oil shale project Chevron proposes for western Colorado. Of particular note was the amount of energy and water it will take to produce 100,000 barrels of oil per day.


July 14, 2014--Deer declining across Colorado and West (Denver Post)

Bouncy, big-eared icons of the American West, deer are declining rapidly across Colorado and other states — forcing difficult decisions. The causes vary from energy development to hard winters and aren't always clear. But dwindling numbers already have driven cutbacks on deer hunting, reducing potential funds for land conservation.


July 14, 2014--The past and future of California's water (Scientific American)

The 20th century dawned with both excitement and concern for the water future of California and the rapidly growing but arid American West. Gold fever was receding, urban populations were burgeoning, and tentative efforts at modern, irrigated agriculture were expanding.


July 14, 2014--EPA's efforts to clarify the Clean Water Act upsets Colorado farmers (Colorado Public Radio)

The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers released a proposed rule in March that is intended to clarify which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act.


July 13, 2014--Another view: Busting water conservation myths (Sacramento Bee)

As a solution for California’s complex water challenges, conserving water to get more from every drop stands out for its great potential and the misconceptions around it.