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Fort Collins puts new barriers in front of billion-dollar Northern Water dam and pipeline project

Fort Collins has placed new barriers in front of Northern Water’s $1.1 billion plan to build a dam and pipeline network along the Cache la Poudre River, further slowing a decades-long project backed by 15 growing Front Range communities and water districts.  City government put a hold on the kind of pipeline and infrastructure work […]

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Nevada farmers and conservationists balk at “water banking,” an idea also being weighed in Colorado

By Sam Metz, AP / Report for America CARSON CITY, Nevada — Rural water users are panicking over a proposal to create a market for the sale and purchase of water rights in Nevada, unconvinced by arguments that the concept would encourage conservation. Lawmakers on Monday weighed whether so-called “water banking” would be preferable to […]

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Just four Colorado cities use ranked-choice voting. Democratic lawmakers want to make it easier for others to adopt.

It’s a relatively rare way to vote in the United States, but a group of Democratic state lawmakers want to make it easier to use ranked-choice voting to elect leaders in Colorado cities.  Here’s how it works: instead of casting a vote for a single candidate, voters rank candidates in order of their preference. The […]

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All Colorado eggs must be cage-free by 2025 under law passed to head off stricter ballot measure

The barns that rise up from the rural Colorado flatlands each hold tens of thousands of chickens, layered in steel cages that stack toward the ceiling. The floor of the cages tilts about 6 degrees, so when a hen lays an egg, it rolls downhill and onto a soft conveyor belt headed out of the […]

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Water is Colorado’s most critical resource. So why isn’t it central to every local land-use decision?

In the early 1980s, the small city of Woodland Park started strategically planning how to protect its water supply for the future.  “Because we have all junior water rights and a limited water supply, we knew we must be very careful about how we grow,” said Sally Riley, planning director for Woodland Park, which is […]