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Drought-caused Colorado River fishing restrictions lifted, but it may be a temporary reprieve

Wildfire smoke has help deflect solar radiation and kept the river relatively cool. But aquatic biologists warn hot weather, low water levels and sediment in the river could combine to starve trout of oxygen and future bans.

Water

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

Climate

Coalition blasts plans to divert Colorado River amid drought

Hot temperatures and less snowpack have decreased the amount of water that flows from the Rocky Mountains down through the arid deserts of the Southwest into the Gulf of California

Environment

Officials plan to further divert Colorado River despite drought. Farmers, environmentalists and businesses aren’t happy.

Officials plan to build a pipeline to siphon water from Lake Powell to Utah's Sand Hollow Reservoir despite the coming water cuts in downstream states

Climate

The Colorado River is drying up faster than federal officials can keep track. Mandatory water cuts are looming.

Plummeting reservoir levels at Mead and Powell solidify Arizona cutbacks next year and near-future threats to all the Compact states, from Colorado to California

Climate

Bird count examines what happens when high-country Colorado irrigators use less water

As the state mulls paying irrigators to leave water in the Colorado River instead of flooding fields, Audubon Rockies is using bird counts in the northwest part of the state to gauge the implications of intentionally drying the landscape.

Environment

Drought, heat and fire prompt fishing ban on 120-mile stretch of Colorado River

Colorado River flows at two U.S. Geological Survey monitoring stations are less than half of historic levels

Environment

Biden administration proposes removing Colorado River fish’s endangered status

Hundreds of thousands of razorback suckers once thrived in the Colorado River and its tributaries, which flow across seven states and Mexico

Environment

Drier springs bring hotter summers in the withering Southwest

New research reveals a positive feedback loop with negative consequences linked to lower springtime humidity across an already parched landscape

Climate

Drought forces Grand Junction to dip into Colorado River for drinking water for the first time in more than 50 years

Ute Water's 90,000 Western Slope customers will have river water added to flows from Grand Mesa as a hedge against heat and drought drying up reservoirs

Water

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

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

As Western Colorado leaders, we congratulate the parties involved in continuing a history of cooperative solutions to benefit water users and choosing collaboration over litigation.

Opinion Columns

“The reading man” of Grand Junction was killed by a stranger. His friends in downtown aren’t done telling his story.

Warren Barnes read near a bridal shop almost every day. The man accused of murdering him told cops he thought no one would notice he was gone.

Crime and Courts

Opinion: Recycling water has to become the norm because it is too scarce and too valuable to waste

Opinion

Western states, including Colorado, prepare for possible 1st water shortage declaration

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation released 24-month projections this week forecasting that less Colorado River water will cascade down from the Rocky Mountains through Lake Powell and Lake Mead

Environment

Big March storms helped boost Colorado’s snowpack, but they weren’t enough to solve the long-term drought

Many of the major river basins are at or above average, but surveyors are worried that drought conditions won't improve

Environment

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

Front Range cities need the additional water storage to meet their growth projections. But Holy Cross Wilderness boundaries would need to be redrawn to build it.

Environment

Aurora and Colorado Springs want more water. The proposed solution — a new reservoir — would have far-reaching impacts.

Two of Colorado's largest cities are working together because they have the same problem: Planners don’t think they have enough water where they are to support the cities’ expected growth.

Environment

Western states chart diverging paths as Colorado River water shortages loom

Republican lawmakers in Utah approved an entity that could push for more of their state's share of Colorado River water as seven Western states, including Colorado, prepare to negotiate how to sustain a river serving 40 million people.

Environment

Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning, report shows

Maybe it's time to give up on developing new Upper Basin projects, the Center for Colorado River Studies says, after all demand has been flat for three decades.

Climate
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