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Hanging Lake trail set to reopen earlier than expected; Blue Mesa marinas will be closed for the summer

Crews plan to build a more sustainable trail to the famous waterfall in Glenwood Canyon that can stand up to the “whims of Mother Nature,” a public affairs officer with the Forest Service said.

Outdoors

Will massive Western wildfires leave more or less water in rivers?

Scientists at Colorado State University and elsewhere in the West are poking and prodding for clues into how wildfire impacts water supply.

Water

Invasive plants are slurping up precious water in drought-stricken southwest Colorado

Russian olives and salt cedars are using — and contaminating — a lot of water in Montezuma County, igniting an effort to remove and ban nonnative plants on the federal level.

Environment

Body in barrel found at bottom of Lake Mead as drought depletes reservoir

Officials predict the ongoing drought could lead to more grim findings

News

Gusts, dryness could fan spring wildfires again

Red flag warnings of extreme wildfire danger have been issued for Colorado, other states

Wildfire

What 3 million little kokanee salmon can tell us about Colorado’s drought

The celebratory release of kokanee salmon from Roaring Judy hatchery ensures that the fish so popular with anglers continue to propagate – even in drought-ravaged waters

Environment

500,000 acre-feet of water will be released from Flaming Gorge reservoir in Wyoming to protect Lake Powell

Blue Mesa near Gunnison is for the moment safe from letting more water go, but Colorado River Drought Operations Plan says that could change

Water

Nebraska lawmakers approve proposed $500M canal in Colorado

Lawmakers passed the measure with little fanfare and sent it to Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, who proposed the idea and is expected to sign it

Water

Punished by drought, some southwest Colorado farmers survived 2021 on 10% of their normal water supply

Last year’s dry conditions made it difficult for farmers in southwest Colorado — they’re hoping they can make it through what could be another tough year.

Water

Cloud seeding might not be as promising as drought-troubled states hope

Several western states have experimented with cloud seeding to try to increase precipitation, but how well does that actually work? Atmospheric scientist William Cotton explains.

Climate

A shrinking county on the Western Slope wants to grow with the help of a new dam. Some say “No, thanks.”

Rio Blanco Water Conservancy District hopes to build an off-channel dam at Wolf Creek and pump river water north to fill it. A nearby landowner and river groups say it’s the wrong idea at the worst time.

Water

Federal water projections for Lake Powell and other reservoirs are “too rosy,” new analysis finds

Colorado River researchers went “under the hood” on the Bureau of Reclamation's 24-Month Study and found it was consistently too optimistic.

Environment

22 years of drought in Colorado, rest of the Southwest is worst stretch in 1,200 years, study shows

Climate change made the current megadrought worse, study of tree ring data says. CSU researcher who reviewed the work says the conditions aren’t likely to improve

Water

Tired of mowing your lawn?  Colorado could pay you $2 a square foot to rip it out. 

Turf buyout programs could start to solve some of the water shortages during long-term drought. A bill would expand grass buyouts statewide and double local payments.

Environment

Ski resorts invest millions in more efficient snowmaking as some question continuing the practice during a drought

Snowpack in the U.S. West has decreased by about 20% in the last century

Outdoors

Drew Litton: Denver’s high cost of…just about everything

Opinion

Nebraska will spend $500 million to claim South Platte River water from Colorado

Colorado has identified 282 new South Platte River Basin projects of its own to meet the demands of the fast-growing metro area

Environment

Jim Morrissey: Frosty couldn’t conjure a Colorado climate change miracle

Opinion

Pritchett: As it finally arrives, I’ve written a love letter to snow

In spite of delayed winter weather in Colorado, it's never a bad time to count the ways -- here are 10 -- that we appreciate the arrival of the white stuff

Opinion

Renewable Water Resources wants Douglas County as the first customer for its San Luis Valley water export plan

The start up led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and his former deputy chief of staff Sean Tonner, proposed a $20 million investment of COVID recovery money to lock in future water for Douglas County at rates cheaper than Front Range cities pay today

Politics and Government
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