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Southwest states given more time to agree on water cuts to prevent largest reservoirs from reaching critically low levels

Despite giving states more time to negotiate, federal officials said some cuts were coming to parts of the Colorado River Basin

Water

Tuesday’s deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut Colorado River water use

Cities and farms in seven U.S. states are bracing for cuts this week, setting up what’s expected to be the most consequential week for Colorado River policy in years

Water

Delta County thought solar panels were a baaaaad idea. But what if there were 1,000 sheep grazing under them?

After county commissioners rejected an 80-megawatt solar project, Denver-based Guzman Energy Group has returned with 1,000 sheep to sweeten the deal

Business

VIDEO: The future of the Colorado River and what that means for our state

The Colorado Sun presents The Future of the Colorado River and What that Means for our State. Experts discussed the challenges of the river and ways to manage it moving forward.

Events

Where does the water in Glenwood Canyon’s iconic Hanging Lake come from?

The U.S. Forest Service and a Missouri water-tracing company are trying to find the water source of the popular hiking destination

Outdoors

First comprehensive oil and gas drilling plan under Colorado’s new regulations gets go-ahead

24,000 acre Bronco CAP sets plan to drill 209 wells over 6 years. It's the smallest in area of three drilling plans Colorado regulators are considering.

Energy

Researchers in Colorado have figured out what makes air conditioners consume so much energy. It’s not the heat.

A massive amount of energy is devoted to cooling and it’s a dirty business when it’s humid. About 52% of greenhouse gases emitted by air conditioning are attributed to dehumidifying.

Energy

Inflation/climate bill includes $4 billion for buying water to save the Colorado River Basin

Bennet, other Western senators applaud funds meant to rent, buy or save water to fill the 2 million to 4 million acre-foot gap amid historic drought.

Environment

Regional board to approve ozone action plan, but a Colorado coalition wants much more done

The staff of the Regional Air Quality Council admits its plan won’t reach EPA limits, and environmental groups demand far stricter caps on the toxic air.

Environment

Can Copper Mountain do something about climate change using its own slopes? 

The Summit County resort pledges to turn its ski runs into carbon sinks, as heat and drought threaten snowpack in the West.

Environment

Douglas County drops San Luis Valley plan for $828M idea to pipe South Platte water from Sterling

Parker Water has proposed to pipe 20,000 acre-feet in excess river water from northeastern Colorado to serve more than 300,000 people in the south metro suburbs

Water

Environmental coalition sues Colorado over late air pollution permit for West Elk Mine

The same group has forced faster action by state and EPA officials on delayed permits for Suncor Energy in Denver.

Environment

Officially, heat deaths are not very common in Colorado. The reality is more complicated.

Colorado sees only a handful of heat-related deaths per year, but the statistics don’t capture heat’s more pernicious effects

Health

Microplastics are seemingly everywhere — including Colorado’s snowpack

Samples from Colorado’s mountains find growing rate of shredded plastic fibers

Environment

Drought and irrigation demands will drain two Eastern Plains reservoirs, killing fisheries and the local economy

Colorado Parks and Wildlife has issued emergency fish salvages at Queens and Jumbo reservoirs, which will run dry this summer. Local communities are bracing for the loss of anglers.

Outdoors

EPA fines Weld County gas processor $3.25 million for leaks 

DCP Operating Company LP settles with federal and state officials over allegations of failing to detect gases contributing to Front Range ozone.

Environment

Volunteers fan out over Boulder to record time, temp and humidity for scientists tracking climate trends nationwide

Data collected by the annual heat mapping project, led by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, helps communities combat extreme heat, which can have greater impact on economically and socially vulnerable people.

Climate

Congress may extend program paying farmers, ranchers to use less water as Colorado River conservation pleas intensify

The bill is tied to an Upper Basin water plan released earlier this week. That plan was drafted in response to the Bureau of Reclamation urging significant Colorado River cuts.

Water

Report that oil field methane emissions are down by half is wrong, Front Range cities with own pollution monitors say

Broomfield, Boulder County, Erie and Longmont are tracking air pollution with their own network of ground-level sensors

Environment

Xcel pays Colorado solar homeowners 8 cents for their extra electricity. Then charges neighbors 17 cents to use it.

Home solar producers won’t benefit from the utility’s new time-of-use rates until late next year at the earliest, missing two summers of generation.

Environment
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