Category Archives: Water

Colorado Water Issues

Getting clarity at Grand Lake on a murky water problem

Congress specified that the Colorado-Big Thompson project was not to sully the scenic attraction of Grand Lake. But each summer the water becomes murky. Continue reading

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An alchemy of water in the Colorado River headwaters

Learning to do more with less water in the Colorado River headwaters by Allen Best GRAND COUNTY – A decade ago, Kirk Klancke had hard, cold feelings about Denver Water. A stonemason for 35 years who moved to the Fraser … Continue reading

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Retrofitting dams in the West for hydroelectric

Granby Dam is among several in the West with hydroelectric retrofits. Why not Jackson Lake Dam in Grand Teton National Park?
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Colorado’s new water law tells feds butt out

The “message” that Colorado legislators sent the federal government about water was approved unanimously, but below the veneer remains strong disagreements. Continue reading

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Vail takes aim at pollution in Gore Creek

Vail’s Gore Creek looks pristine, but bug counters tell a different story  by Allen Best Gore Creek originates in splishes and splashes among tussocks of grass in the eponymously named range of 13,000-foot peaks in north-central Colorado. There, the water … Continue reading

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Denver’s aquifers city’s next reservoir?

Denver continues to explore its subterranean aquifers to see if they can be used for storage as Colorado’s largest municipal water provide faces the uncertainties posed by climate change and population growth.
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Water buffaloes in Denver and the West

Water Buffaloes in Colorado and the West once thought monolithic and linear, says Denver Water’s Jim Lochhhead, and then a new world that they didn’t understand arrived. Continue reading

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Drought in Colorado River Basin best explained by temperatures

You must invoke temperature to explain the current Colorado River drought, says the Colorado Water institute’s Brad Udall about the intersection of water and global warming.

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Drying out of the American Southwest

A new study finds reduced precipitation in the American Southwest in the last several decades to accompany rising temperatures. But the big picture of water remains to be painted.
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John Fielder and the Yampa River

Landscape photographer John Fielder was in Denver recently to show his lovely photographs of the Yampa River. It’s a notable river for its history and relative absence of dams, but it’s not without a few problems, too. Continue reading

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