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Greeley is growing so fast, it’s starting to run out of water

By Matthew Daly, The Associated Press GREELEY — “Go West, young man,” Horace Greeley famously urged. The problem for the northern Colorado town that bears the 19th-century newspaper editor’s name: Too many people have heeded his advice. By the tens of thousands newcomers have been streaming into Greeley — so much so that the city […]

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Analysis: As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

By Robert Glennon, University of Arizona The U.S. government announced its first-ever water shortage declaration for the Colorado River on Aug. 16, 2021, triggering future cuts in the amount of water states will be allowed to draw from the river. The Tier 1 shortage declaration followed the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation’s forecast that the water […]

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It wasn’t just I-70 that suffered after Glenwood Canyon slides. The Colorado River took a blow, too.

When a mud and rock slide buried one of the more important highways in the West on July 29, the dramatic gridlock became a statewide spectator sport.  That same historic rock slide, at the same moment, blocked off the most important river in the West.  After decades of fierce arguments over damming up more of […]

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Recreation at risk as Lake Powell dips to historic low

By Sophia Eppolito, The Associated Press PAGE, Ariz. — A thick, white band of newly exposed rock face stretches high above boaters’ heads at Lake Powell, creating a sharp contrast against the famous red desert terrain as their vessels weave through tight canyons that were once underwater. It’s a stark reminder of how far the […]

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Low water forecast for Ruedi Reservoir near Aspen threatens hydropower, water deliveries

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism Water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could fall so low this winter that the city of Aspen could have difficulty making hydro-electric power and those who own water in the reservoir could see shortages. That’s according to projections by the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the reservoir near the headwaters of […]

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South Platte River gets no new protections after heated Water Quality Control Commission hearing

Public officials, conservation groups and citizen speakers pleaded with the Colorado Water Quality Control Commission Monday to reverse a 2020 decision and strengthen protections for the South Platte River in north Denver and Adams County, but the commissioners declined.  Opponents of the commission’s decision last year thought they had one last chance in a “town […]

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Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $8.3 billion for Western water. Here’s how Colorado stands to benefit.

The nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill set to be debated in Congress in the coming weeks would send money to a wide range of priorities, from road and bridge repairs to expanding public transportation and broadband.  But the biggest boon for Colorado may not be money that would be spent helping move people around. It […]