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Colorado to release draft of new water plan, calling it a blueprint for the state’s future

The Colorado Water Conservation Board on Thursday will debut a new blueprint for how the state can approach dealing with projected water shortages by 2050.  The Colorado Water Plan updates a document released in 2015. The plan was first drafted at the request of then-Gov. John Hickenlooper after a particularly warm year in 2012. Since […]

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Colorado’s Water Plan has made progress toward ensuring supply, but the work’s far from done

By Sarah Kuta, Fresh Water News In the five years since Colorado’s Water Plan took effect, the state has awarded nearly $500 million in loans and grants for water projects, cities have enacted strict drought plans, communities have written nearly two dozen locally based stream-restoration plans and crews have been hard at work on improving […]

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Colorado sports betting is popular enough to quickly benefit state water projects after all

Colorado voters’ gamble may have quickly paid off after all.  Sports betting got off to a hot start, meaning enough tax revenue has already been collected to start benefiting Colorado’s Water Plan projects. That’s despite projections from Gov. Jared Polis’ administration warning that the wagering would begin slowly and that money wouldn’t flow to water […]

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Opinion: Colorado’s intensifying drought conditions call for urgent collaboration

Without a doubt, 2020 has been hot and dry in Colorado. The entire state and its nearly 5.8 million residents are living in drought conditions as evidenced by the record-breaking fire season, low river flows and shrinking water supplies. The entire Colorado River Basin within Colorado is experiencing “extreme” or “exceptional” drought, according to the […]

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Opinion: A toast to Coloradans’ willingness to unite on water needs

It may be time to amend the old adage, “Whiskey is for drinking, water is for fighting.”  On three different ballot questions in the 2019 and 2020 elections, Colorado voters set aside differences and chose to tax themselves to invest in the state’s water future. It’s clear that water wins in Colorado, and it wins […]