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New projections for low Colorado River flows speed need for dramatic conservation

Conservation groups say revised Bureau of Reclamation predictions are welcome realism showing Colorado needs to save water now.

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Opinion: The Colorado River drought contingency plan is no longer a contingency

Seven states will negotiate access to what’s left in the river. My job is to represent all of Colorado’s interests

Opinion Columns

Biden administration formally removes Colorado River fish’s endangered status

The humpback chub was first listed as endangered in 1967

Environment

Colorado heads into snowpack season with low reservoirs — but a twinge of hope

La Niña winter could mean dry winter for southern Colorado, but conditions better than this time last year.

Environment

Opinion: Too much talk, too little action from the Interior Dept. on conservation

If a summer of high temperatures and low Colorado River flows is not the right time to stop fossil-fuel development on public lands, when is the right time?

Opinion Columns

Michael Bennet, Mitt Romney see the effects of climate change during bipartisan float down Colorado River

With a crew that included a tribal leader, Utah state politicians, scientists, water-guardians, ranchers and environmentalists, the two senators donned river sandals and PFDs and joined their wives for a float on the Colorado River

Environment

Colorado River drought projections grow more dire

The Bureau of Reclamation recently declared the first-ever shortage on the Colorado River, which means Arizona, Nevada and Mexico will get less water than normal next year

Environment

Climate change isn’t coming in the future, it’s already here. This is how it’s impacting your everyday life.

Choking on ozone spikes, losing favorite hiking spots like Hanging Lake, sweating through fall school days — climate change is now.

Environment

Nearly half of Colorado has shed its drought status since last year, but the coming months don’t look good

At least 54% of the state now is experiencing drought conditions, compared to 100% this time last year. But record-breaking heat and a dry winter could mean conditions worsen, a climatologist says.

Environment

Water releases from an already low Blue Mesa Reservoir will prop up Lake Powell

As of Sept. 1, the reservoir was 37% full, which is about 68 feet down from a full reservoir, and a ring of muddy shoreline was growing

Climate

Federal government will build climate observatory near Gunnison to monitor drought

The multimillion-dollar effort led by Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory launches next week.

Environment

Analysis: As Colorado River Basin states confront water shortages, it’s time to focus on reducing demand

Colorado River Basin states have a problem even before considering climate change: There are more water rights on paper than there is water in the river.

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Feds slash state water draws from Colorado River as drought intensifies

First-ever shortage declaration on key western river means big losses for Arizona and Nevada. Colorado’s own time for cuts and living with less is coming soon, experts warn.

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It wasn’t just I-70 that suffered after Glenwood Canyon slides. The Colorado River took a blow, too.

Wildlife crews and water quality experts struggle to even assess the damage, as emergency management officials warn of threats to the western lifeline for years to come.

Environment

Recreation at risk as Lake Powell dips to historic low

Lake Powell is the second-largest reservoir in the United States, right behind Nevada’s Lake Mead, which also stores water from the Colorado River. Both are shrinking faster than expected.

Environment

First-ever Colorado River water cuts will hammer Arizona farmers

Climate change, drought and high demand are expected to force the first-ever mandatory cuts to a water supply that 40 million people across the American West depend on

Environment

Could Colorado cities save enough water to stop building dams?

Conservation groups want more “cash for grass” and other plans to acquire new water by saving it. But Denver and Aurora, among others, say there’s only so much to cut before a new dam is needed.

Environment

It may be weeks before I-70 reopens through Glenwood Canyon after mud and rock slides

Gov. Jared Polis is preparing state and federal disaster declarations as state officials assess “extreme damage” to the highway and threats to the rail line that runs adjacent to the Colorado River

Transportation

Mudslides in Glenwood Canyon force more than 100 to spend night on I-70

The highway likely will be closed through the weekend because of the massive level of clean up required and heavy rain in the weather forecast.

Transportation

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.

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