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EPA plan to truck toxic mine waste through Telluride isn’t sitting well with locals

EPA says there will be short-term pain for long-term gain from moving final tailings pile on Telluride’s Valley Floor across town to a monitored mine-waste repository. 

Environment

As drought in the West worsens, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado faces a dwindling water supply

Hay and corn production is down, and the Ute Mountain Ute Farm & Ranch Enterprise had to let go 50% of its employees, half of whom are tribal members who live in Towaoc, the tribe's headquarters and main town on their reservation.

Environment

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

Fish and wildlife leaders say they have their eye on potential closures of the Animas and San Juan rivers as well.

Outdoors

Colorado’s major snowstorm only made a dent in the drought. These maps and graphs explain what’s going on.

The South Platte and Arkansas river basins are closer to average after last week’s precipitation, but the Western Slope remains painfully dry.

Climate

EPA settles lawsuit with Utah over Gold King Mine spill

Utah’s lawsuit was one of several legal claims filed over the incident, but no other settlements have been reached, the EPA said Wednesday

Environment

Unsheltered and expecting: A southwest Colorado couple could lose their children if they don’t find housing

Living at Purple Cliffs near Durango has kept them safe from coronavirus, but without running water, the county-sanctioned encampment isn't shelter enough to satisfy agencies charged with protecting children.

Health

Aurora spent $34 million on water from a toxic mine. It’s not as crazy as it sounds.

The plan to tap the aquifer above Park County's London Mine could provide a template for how thirsty cities can draw on new sources of clean water, while also cleaning up polluted mine runoff

Environment

Colorado’s rivers are starting to swell — but there are still feet of snow left to melt in the high country

Snowpack levels in some of the state’s river basins remain at about 50% of their peak. A man was killed rafting the Eagle River last week.

Environment

“Flood buddies” and sandbags: Southern Colorado readies for rain after last summer’s massive fire

2018 was the second worst year for wildfire on record in Colorado, adding 475,803 acres statewide to burn scars at risk for destructive post-fire flooding. Even a quarter-inch of rain could spell disaster.

Coloradans