West Slope

August 26, 2014--In Colorado, conversation about lawn water use begins (KUNC)

As Colorado plans for a future with more people and less water, some in the world of water are turning to the problem of lawns. In the 2014 legislative session, state senator Ellen Roberts (R-Durango) introduced a bill that would limit lawns in new developments if they took water from farms.


August 16, 2014--The West gets thirstier as water supplies dwindle (Post Independent)

The soothing sound of the Colorado River as it meanders its way across Colorado’s Western Slope is the sound of a thriving economy, a fragile environment and an impending crisis. The state of water supplies in the arid West is volatile, and forecasts are grim.


August 13, 2014--Western Slope water users want conservation from rest of state (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Efforts to forge a state water plan to bridge the anticipated gap between supply and demand should focus on enhanced conservation efforts on the Front Range and shun any new transmountain diversions, according to a group of primarily Western Slope residents. In a meeting this week with


August 4, 2014--Company offers creative option for conserving water (KJCT 8)

Water conservation concerns are constantly a hot topic on the Western Slope, but one Grand Valley company is offering a way to have a green lawn that can survive without wasteful watering.


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 29, 2014--The importance of the Colorado Water Plan (ColoradoPols.com)

Most politicians from the Western Slope run on a platform of “not one more drop.” That’s because 80% of Colorado’s water falls on the western slope, yet 87% of the population lives on the other side of the Continental Divide.


July 26, 2014--Pandora water treatment project nearing completion (Telluride Daily Planet)

The Pandora water treatment project at the east end of the valley is on schedule and should be complete by this fall, ending more than three years of construction. The project, which fired up in 2011, has been in the works for more than 20 years, and it will pipe water from Upper Bridal Veil Basin to a new treatment facility at the east end of the box canyon.


July 24, 2014--Colorado farmers break ranks with ‘big ag’ lobby (Durango Herald)

Groups like the American Farm Bureau Federation and other “big ag” organizations are protesting proposed federal rules that would redefine which bodies of water are regulated under the Clean Water Act. Among the exceptions to that protest are farmers represented by the Denver-based Rocky Mountain Farmers Union.


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.


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