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Drought-caused Colorado River fishing restrictions lifted, but it may be a temporary reprieve

Wildfire smoke has help deflect solar radiation and kept the river relatively cool. But aquatic biologists warn hot weather, low water levels and sediment in the river could combine to starve trout of oxygen and future bans.

Water

Dog searches Colorado mountains for bees, the canaries in the coal mine for climate change

Darwin, a German shorthaired pointer, was trained as a conservation detection dog to seek out bumblebees and their nests

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How water rights work in Colorado — and why severe drought makes them work differently

Parched residents’ questions answered, from how much water the Front Range takes from the Western Slope, to how a power dam near Glenwood Springs saves Colorado River fishies

Climate

An abandoned coal mine near Aspen has become a mountain biking park for the masses

Well-heeled owners offer clean up of the Coal Basin mine and perpetual access to a new trail network there. The unusual public-private collaboration could serve as a model for restoring environmental danger zones.

Outdoors

Three Colorado River Basin reservoirs will be partially drained to keep Lake Powell producing hydropower

Drought made an expected 2.5 million acre-feet of water disappear before it ever reached the key reservoir in the Colorado River Compact, forcing federal officials to siphon from Blue Mesa Reservoir and other big pools to protect the electric grid.

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Coalition blasts plans to divert Colorado River amid drought

Hot temperatures and less snowpack have decreased the amount of water that flows from the Rocky Mountains down through the arid deserts of the Southwest into the Gulf of California

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The West is baking, burning and drying out. These numbers explain why and how.

"It is a story of cascading impacts," climate scientist John Abatzoglou said, as the West weathers "an epically dry year followed by incredible heat the last two months and now we have fires."

Climate

Colorado is conducting an ambitious Front Range bald eagle survey

Environment

Watering restrictions work. But only 53% of Colorado cities have them.

Outdoor use accounts for as much as half of all domestic water consumption and cities that tightened the spigot have significantly reduced per-person use. But permanent watering rules are just one conservation tool.

Water

The Colorado River is drying up faster than federal officials can keep track. Mandatory water cuts are looming.

Plummeting reservoir levels at Mead and Powell solidify Arizona cutbacks next year and near-future threats to all the Compact states, from Colorado to California

Climate

Wolf reintroduction happened so fast in Montana and Idaho, the states are expanding hunting. Here’s what Colorado can learn.

In Montana and Idaho, state officials are pushing to decrease the wolf population through expanded hunting seasons, night hunting and snare traps.

Environment

Approvals for companies to drill for oil and gas on public lands increase despite Biden climate pledge

Biden campaigned last year on a pledge to end new drilling on federal lands to rein in climate-changing emissions

Energy

An oil company that no longer exists faces a $344,000 fine Colorado doesn’t expect to collect. But that’s the point.

COGCC spent four years chasing a rogue oil company that left a mess in Huerfano County. Levying a fine it can’t collect lets the state grab a bond posted by Alta Mesa Resources to do the clean up.

Energy

Bird count examines what happens when high-country Colorado irrigators use less water

As the state mulls paying irrigators to leave water in the Colorado River instead of flooding fields, Audubon Rockies is using bird counts in the northwest part of the state to gauge the implications of intentionally drying the landscape.

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Colorado wants to add EV chargers to rest areas, but the federal government is blocking the road

Solving the problem of range anxiety is key to getting Colorado drivers to switch to electric vehicles and it would help to have chargers at interstate highway rest areas. The statehopes the new $715 billion transportation bill will get federal rules prohibiting them out of the way.

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White River forest chief sticks with controversial route for road to future mansions despite wildfire, wildlife concerns

Both the developer and wildlife advocates oppose the road accessing the inholding — but for different reasons

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What exactly is the Front Range Trail? You may already be riding on it.

Every year, Colorado’s indefatigable trail builders chip away at complex new sections of a connector they imagine stretching from Wyoming to New Mexico. Next up: Castle Rock and the Cache la Poudre.

Outdoors

Drought, heat and fire prompt fishing ban on 120-mile stretch of Colorado River

Colorado River flows at two U.S. Geological Survey monitoring stations are less than half of historic levels

Environment

Biden administration proposes removing Colorado River fish’s endangered status

Hundreds of thousands of razorback suckers once thrived in the Colorado River and its tributaries, which flow across seven states and Mexico

Environment

The Yampa River is overdrawn and running out of water. And it’s hardly the only one.

Earlier this year, officials called the river “over-appropriated.” Last week, Gov. Jared Polis declared 21 counties are in a drought emergency.

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