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Colorado’s Water Plan has made progress toward ensuring supply, but the work’s far from done

By Sarah Kuta, Fresh Water News In the five years since Colorado’s Water Plan took effect, the state has awarded nearly $500 million in loans and grants for water projects, cities have enacted strict drought plans, communities have written nearly two dozen locally based stream-restoration plans and crews have been hard at work on improving […]

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Stay-at-home order changed the way Coloradans work. But is it improving emissions?

By Clarissa Guy, Rocky Mountain PBS March 2020 marked the first stay-at-home order for Colorado. Since that time, the number of people working from home across the nation and the state has increased with the COVID-19 pandemic. This has pushed sustainability leaders to look at how telecommuting could decrease overall emissions. Jerry Tinianow served as […]

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Climate change ravaged Colorado and the West with heat and drought in 2020. This year may be worse.

If there were any doubts that the climate is changing in the Colorado River Basin, 2020 went a long way toward dispelling them.  Unprecedented wildfires, deadly heat waves, withering drought — the many indicators of the climate mayhem that scientists have been warning about for years — ravaged the landscape, claiming dozens of lives and […]

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Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

Public alarm over the growing threats of climate change to Western lands and waters has doubled in the past decade, and Coloradans are even more worried than their neighbors about the ongoing drought’s brutal draining of rivers and lakes, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  People of color […]

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Colorado’s North Fork Valley finds “baby-step” solutions to tackle its big problem with methane-leaking mines

Chris Caskey points across the river to a thin thread of steam rising from a snow-caked cliff.  “That’s methane,” he said of the emissions seeping from the long-shuttered Bear Mine. “Millions of cubic feet, every day. That’s the equivalent of tens of thousands of cars.” Across the North Fork Valley in Gunnison County, nearly 20 […]

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The road to greenhouse gas cuts: Are Colorado drivers ready?

When Colorado’s greenhouse gas battle comes to her Wheat Ridge driveway, Jan Rose will be ready. Rose believes heart and soul that if the state wants to hit benchmarks of 90% cuts to polluting emissions by 2050, Coloradans will have to drive less, and if they do drive, use a clean electric car. Recent successful […]

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Only 41 Bureau of Land Management employees moved west. Nearly 300 left the agency instead of relocating.

By Caitlyn Kim, CPR News The Trump administration’s decision to relocate the Bureau of Land Management headquarters to Grand Junction and other cities in the West led to a huge loss of staff, according to new numbers provided by the Department of the Interior. Of the 328 positions slated to move out West when the […]

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14 Front Range cities coordinate to warn of water shortages in alarmingly dry year

As drought conditions intensify across Colorado, at least 14 cities in the Denver metro area say they will join forces to warn residents of looming water shortages and the need to cut back use this spring. Denver Water’s Jason Finehout said a metro drought coordination effort would help ensure a consistent message on reducing water […]

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Colorado’s ornery, independent water guardians finally agree on one thing: Wall Street can look elsewhere

The calls came in shortly after the story in The New York Times announced Wall Street was on the prowl for “billions in the Colorado’s water.” “Can you help us? How do we get started?” wondered the New York financiers, pals of Andy Mueller, the manager of the Colorado River Water Conservation District.  “My response […]

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Colorado oil and gas industry blasts Biden’s pause on public lands drilling as environmental advocates cheer

Conservation advocates in the West quickly praised President Joe Biden’s executive order pausing new oil and gas leases on federal lands and in federal waters, while the resource industry and local business backers called it a misguided attack with massive economic fallout.  “For far too long, federal lands in Colorado have been leased to big […]