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Coroner identifies two of the three people killed in Poudre River flooding; one person remains missing

The Larimer County Coroner’s Office on Tuesday identified two of the three people killed by flash flooding in the Poudre River west of Fort Collins last week. A fourth person remains missing. Patricia Brown, 59, of Madison, Wisconsin, died near Bellvue. David Brown, 61, of San Antonio, Texas, also was killed in the Bellvue area. […]

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Mudslides and flash flooding along Colorado’s burn scars could cause disasters, or mere travel delays, all summer long. Here’s why.

Areas scorched during last year’s historic wildfire season could pose flash flooding risks through the summer as rain picks up speed along steep terrain in the burn scars, sweeping debris onto major roads. While heavy rain is typical of the summer monsoon season, Colorado is seeing “an abnormal year of flooding events,” partly because of […]

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Fort Collins planners, worried about Poudre River impacts, reject Northern Water’s plan for 3-mile pipeline through the city

The Fort Collins planning commission on Wednesday rejected an application by Northern Water to run more than three miles of pipeline in a 100-foot-wide construction zone through city parks and neighborhoods as part of the complex Northern Integrated Supply Project. The 3-to-2 rejection may not stall the massive project for long, as state law allows […]

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Two popular Colorado waterways are shut down amid raging currents, large number of rescues

While the Western Slope faces dangerous drought conditions, the urban stream and river corridors along the Front Range are flowing high and fast, so much so that officials are closing parts of the Poudre River and Clear Creek to limit people on the water.  In Fort Collins, the Poudre Fire Authority has rescued more than […]

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Thornton sues Weld County commissioners over water-pipeline vote

The city of Thornton formally went to court against the Weld County Board of Commissioners after the board denied the city’s application to build a water pipeline through the county. The board’s decision, “exceeds its jurisdiction and/or is contrary to law, misinterprets and misapplies its criteria, and was arbitrary and capricious because its findings lack […]

Posted inBusiness, Climate, Coloradans, Environment, Growth, Health, Wildfire

The high cost of climate change is already straining the budgets of Colorado towns

The Grizzly Creek fire still is smoldering, but Glenwood Springs is already contemplating the challenges it will leave behind: severe damage to the forest drainages the Western Slope city depends upon for its drinking water. “We are concerned about a lot of mud and ash coming down the creek,” said  Shelly Kaup, the city’s mayor […]

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Rafting season is ready to launch, but coronavirus worries are running high in Colorado

By Dean Krakel, Fresh Water News With warming temperatures in Colorado’s mountains and spring runoff in full swing, the whitewater boating season should be off to a roaring start. But Colorado’s stringent COVID-19 travel and recreation restrictions are forcing commercial rafting companies to create social distance on unruly rivers and face the potential for smaller […]