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Opinion: The Windy Gap settlement is a win for the West Slope and its waters

The history of Western Colorado’s water is told in stories of hard-fought wins and losses, of  lawsuits and government petitions, of tough negotiations and collaboration. In Grand County, the history of West Slope water — and Front Range demand for that water — is more visible than in other areas west of the Continental Divide. […]

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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 […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors

Aurora, Colorado Springs get federal OK to test if controversial reservoir in Eagle County wilderness is feasible

White River National Forest officials on Monday said Aurora Water and Colorado Springs Utilities can move ahead with test drilling to determine whether a controversial dam on Homestake Creek in Eagle County is technically feasible. The decision to let the Front Range water utilities move forward in taking more Western Slope water is only one […]

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Colorado’s latest proposal to divert water from the Western Slope is a complex, disputed set of pipes

CHIMNEY HOLLOW — Sometime in the middle of next year, if Northern Water gets its way, the bulldozers will start piling earth and rock 25 stories high to plug this dry basin southwest of Loveland forever.  Four miles to the south, they’ll build another dam to keep their newly-made bathtub from leaking out the back […]