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
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.
Pueblo’s Arkansas River levee is a Colorado gem. It’s also a reminder of the state’s deadliest disaster.
A 24-foot wall of water fed by torrential rain along the Front Range slammed through the narrow Arkansas River channel in downtown Pueblo on June 3, 1921.
Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020
Colorado rafting businesses endured a 21% decline in traffic last summer, but early reservations and a not-so-bad snowpack are floating hopes for a rebound this summer.
Transportation board kills plan for trains to return to Colorado’s dormant Tennessee Pass
Colorado Midland & Pacific’s request for expedited approval of a plan to restore rail service was nixed on Thursday by the Surface Transportation Board.
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.
Opponents urge federal board to reject revival of Tennessee Pass railroad along Arkansas, Eagle rivers
Shipping hazardous material through Arkansas River Valley is “unconscionable,” Chaffee County commissioners say, joining more than 50 residents, business and environmental groups raising opposition to returning trains to long-dormant lines.
Free to good home: Century-old bridge spanning the Arkansas River near Cañon City
Martin Marietta needs a new bridge to its gravel mine. But first it has to find a home for the historic 20-ton Parkdale Bridge
Chaffee County calls for more time, study of contentious Nestlé water-bottling plan
Chaffee County's three commissioners want to measure the potential impact of Nestlé’s proposal to pump, truck and bottle up to 65 million gallons of water a year
Murals return to Pueblo’s levee as artists make concrete above the Arkansas River their canvas
Structural repair ground the old murals to gravel, but now painters have begun the physically demanding work to restore the critical public works project’s role in the city’s essential artistic life.
Nestlé’s plan to pump 65 million gallons of Arkansas River water to Denver for bottling stirs contentious fight
The world’s largest food and beverage company wants a new 10-year permit to pump 200 gallons of groundwater a minute and truck it to Denver for bottling. Nestlé’s plan has drawn sharp criticism from Chaffee County locals.
We now know how many billions of gallons of water Colorado will save by closing coal-fired power plants
By 2031 water use for coal-fired power plants in Colorado will drop to 3.7 billion gallons – a 68% reduction, according to the Energy and Policy Institute.
Planning for drought has made Colorado whitewater rafting companies ready to weather coronavirus
Adding lodging and land adventures, like ziplines, via ferrata and art classes, has helped outfitters keep their place as outdoor economic engines, even when weather and illness make it tough.
Father, son die in rafting accident on Arkansas River near Pueblo
The Pueblo County Coroner’s Office identified the two victims as 46-year-old Ricardo Valencia Sanchez and 16-year-old Jose Louis Valencia.
Why planting tenacious tamarisk seemed like a good idea until it wasn’t, and other harrowing tales of Colorado’s invasive species
For scientists, preserving nature’s balance can mean love-hate-love relationships with everything from Dalmatian toadflax to horny beetles and jumping carp.
Christo, artist known for massive, fleeting displays, dies at 84
Two of Christo’s planned projects did not come to fruition before he died, including Over the River, which would have involved draping translucent fabric above 42 miles of Colorado’s Arkansas River
With Olympic dreams delayed, one Colorado athlete declares: “This is the time when champions are made”
Sophia Herzog, a paralympic medalist, is turning to the Arkansas River with pools closed because of the coronavirus.
Rafting season is ready to launch, but coronavirus worries are running high in Colorado
Rafters are betting Colorado’s “safer-at-home” rules will ease as people flood outfitters with reservation requests. But will the water last?
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.