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SunLit Excerpt: In “Canyonlands Carnage,” river mishaps raise suspicion

Chuck gaped at the back of Clarence’s helmeted head. “What in God’s name are you saying?” “I mean, consider the odds,” Clarence yelled back at him. “You really think—?”  Clarence nodded, his plastic helmet bobbing. “I do. The power—the force—of this first rapid made me realize I needed to say something.”  Chuck grimaced and rowed […]

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Ridgway grants “rights” to its river, joining several Colorado towns in push for new water protections

The Ridgway town council has voted to give “rights of nature” to the Uncompahgre River that flows on the edge of its downtown, joining Nederland and a long list of international locations saying they want to be better stewards of their wild spaces. The council followed the lead of Mayor John Clark in approving the […]

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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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River ecologists are eager to show how beavers are critical to improving watersheds in the West

Beavers, known for their work ethic, tenacity and sometimes destructive instincts, are making a comeback in the worlds of science and water as researchers look for natural ways to restore rivers and wetlands and improve the health of drought-stressed aquifers. “The concept of beavers and their ability to restore streams is not new,” said Sarah […]

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Coronavirus flushed Colorado rafting in 2020

Colorado’s river communities endured a $36 million decline in commercial rafter spending in 2020, all flushed downriver in the pandemic. Colorado’s rafting industry hosted 112,000 fewer commercial rafters last summer as pandemic restrictions and closures throttled one of the state’s most valuable tourism industries. That’s the steepest decline since the summer of 2002, when the […]

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Big March storms helped boost Colorado’s snowpack, but they weren’t enough to solve the long-term drought

Snowstorms last month replenished snowpack in the Colorado mountains and improved drought conditions on the Front Range, as did rain that quenched the parched Eastern Plains. But smaller amounts of precipitation farther south and west have done less to dampen drought conditions. Ultimately, researchers say that one big storm is not enough to break Colorado […]