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Wildlife officials ask anglers not to fish the Dolores River for the first time ever as rain fails to dent Western Slope drought

Devastating drought and disappearing runoff in far southwestern Colorado have prompted state officials to seek voluntary fishing restrictions on the Dolores River for the first time, and fish and wildlife leaders say they have their eye on potential closures of the Animas and San Juan rivers as well. Intense rain over the weekend — generating […]

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Colorado refuses to ease rules for how much pollution gets discharged into rivers and streams

The state Water Quality Control Commission has delayed for at least a decade a controversial proposal that would have allowed further degradation of Colorado waters already challenged by pollution  In a scheduled review of the state’s “antidegradation” provision — a key to the federal Clean Water Act — some on the commission had sought to […]

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Northwest Colorado under “extremely critical” fire warning for first time in 15 years as Western Slope drought worsens

As drought conditions worsened on the Western Slope, the National Weather Service has issued its first “extremely critical” fire danger warning in 15 years for northwest Colorado. The warning, in effect through midnight, covers parts of Moffat and Rio Blanco counties that also are in a state of “exceptional drought,” according to the weekly U.S. […]

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Environmental groups appeal court decision that would pave way for Denver Water to raise Gross Reservoir Dam

While a decades-long battle over one major dam and river diversion in northern Colorado appeared to end last week, environmental groups signaled another fight will go on longer as they filed an appeal meant to undermine Denver Water’s Gross Dam expansion.  The environmental coalition Monday asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to review a […]

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Controversial Chimney Hollow Dam project near Loveland moving forward after $15 million settlement

A complex Front Range dam-building project that includes transferring water from the Colorado River will move forward this summer after Northern Water agreed to a settlement putting $15 million in trust for waterway improvements in Grand County.  Environmental opponents begrudgingly accepted the mediated settlement of their lawsuit against Northern Water’s Windy Gap Firming Project, which […]