Fear along the Colorado River

George Sibley says worried debate in Colorado and other upper-basin states about how to avoid a Colorado River Compact curtailment is badly misplaced.

A deep rethink of the Colorado River

A new normal on the Colorado River? Think again, say authors of a new white paper. They say water managers need to be thinking much drier, a new abnormal.

Are there rivers beyond the Colorado?

A scientist who co-wrote a book about the Colorado River, what he calls the charismatic megafauna of Western rivers, calls for more attention to other rivers, too.

Ruminating on water and energy

Colorado and the West have plenty of reasons to talk about both energy and water, but usually those conversations occur in separate rooms. An attempt to bring them together by historian Patty Limerick had much the same result, as she herself acknowledged.

Prowling the bowels of Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam’s hydroelectric generation was very important when the dam was completed in 1936, helping Los Angeles became a great city. Can Hoover Dam and Lake Mead become a giant battery tries to become 100% renewable powered?

Facts be damned, they intended to divvy up the river as they saw fit

In “Science Be Dammed,” Eric Kuhn and John Fleck explain how the foundations for water allocations of the last century were premised on flawed assumptions, and that these assumptions were made disregard of the best science then available. Draw your own conclusions about the lessons applicable to the present.

Climate change and the Yampa River

In late August, shortly before reservoir levels in the Colorado River Basin fell to their lowest levels in 50 years, a call was placed on the Yampa River, a reflection of the warming weather of the Colorado River Basin.

Heeding science in managing the Colorado River

Colorado has had giant pivots in its water affairs since Eric Kuhn arrived in 1983 to work at the Colorado River Water Conservation District. Now officially retired, Kuhn is engaged in perhaps the most important work of his career with a book that warns against ignoring climate science in managing the Colorado River.

Yet another drought for the hard-working Colorado River

Runoff this year in the Colorado River peaked early and with marginal volumes after yet another lackluster winter of snow in many of its headwaters. A lot of years in the 21st century have been like that. Some think something else is going on.

Making snow in Aspen when there’s less cold weather

Aspen had a hard time making snow last fall. Temperatures were just too warm. Temperatures are clearly rising in the American Southwest, and an EPA study projects temperature rises for hundreds of ski areas across the country. Snowmaking consultant Robin Smith says if many ski areas are to survive, they will need to invest in new technology to maximize windows of cold temperature that will narrow in coming decades.

How a town’s terrorist became an American anti-hero

Marvin Heemeyer’s bulldozer had barely cooled after his 2004 pillaging of a Colorado mountain town before some people had proclaimed him a hero for exacting revenge on those who had done him wrong. Patrick Brower, who was there at almost every step of the way, refutes this false narrative in his book “Killdozer.”

Patrick Brower on why “Killdozer” operator was no hero

In his new book, “Killdozer,” Patrick Brower recounts the 2004 bulldozer rampage that left 13 buildings in a Colorado mountain town badly damaged or razed, including that of the newspaper office where he worked. He talks about writing Killdozer and why some people wrongly persist in seeing the dozer operator as a hero.