Arkansas River

Energy Primary category in which blog post is published

The closure of Colorado coal-fired powerplants is freeing up water for thirsty cities

Large electricity generators use lots of water to cool their coal-fired plants. As those units shut down, expect to see battles heat up over how the massive amounts of water can be repurposed.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

The most thrilling commute in Colorado: How Grizzly Reservoir’s caretakers keep water flowing

Married couple among the army of longtime custodians making sure water from the remote reservoir east of Aspen makes it to thirsty populations in Colorado Springs, Pueblo and Aurora

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

Trump’s “energy dominance” push changing plans for 3 million acres of Colorado land, local stewards say

State and local agencies -- and more recently, Gov. Jared Polis -- prioritized conservation during years of public input and discussion. Now those objectives are in jeopardy.

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Are Colorado’s oil and gas and recreation industries all that different? Economists say no — and we need to protect them both

Both industries have impacts on land and rural communities, but “we can coexist” in pursuit of economic diversity, say promoters of recreation and energy

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Fish ladders and boat chutes part of a massive dam rebuild on the Arkansas River

In the process of rebuilding a diversion to get river water to thirsty cities, Colorado Springs and Aurora collaborated with wildlife, environmental and recreational interests for ambitious infrastructure upgrade

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

Stand-up paddler dies Saturday on Arkansas River, marking Colorado’s eighth water death of the season

Michael James, 40, of Boulder, was last seen in the Buena Vista whitewater park before his body was found downstream

Outdoors Primary category in which blog post is published

2 women die Friday in Gunnison Basin, bringing Colorado’s spring runoff death toll to at least 5

A Colorado Springs woman, Roberta Sophia Rodriguez, is also missing in the South Fork of the Rio Grande

Environment Primary category in which blog post is published

“You fall in and you are not getting out”: Rio Grande in southern Colorado closed because of high runoff

Police are warning people to stay away from the raging waterway, which last year was a placid stream. San Luis Valley ranchers, meanwhile, are celebrating.