Posted inClimate, Coloradans, Environment, News, Outdoors, Wildfire

Western wildfires, drought, coronavirus boost public fears about the state of public lands, new polls shows

Public alarm over the growing threats of climate change to Western lands and waters has doubled in the past decade, and Coloradans are even more worried than their neighbors about the ongoing drought’s brutal draining of rivers and lakes, according to new results from a long-term, eight-state poll run by Colorado College.  People of color […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Protecting Colorado’s rivers and water is investing in our future

As Coloradans know, exploring the great outdoors is an essential cornerstone of our quality of life and with many of us confined to our homes during this spring’s shelter-in-place order we’re seeing people craving the freedom and tranquility of nature more than ever. Right now this means enjoying the trails, rivers and streams that are […]

Posted inColoradans, News, Outdoors

Colorado rafting team falls short in second attempt at speed record down the Grand Canyon 

Thirty seconds grew to a minute, to five minutes, to half an hour. As the miles and minutes passed, the crew on the customized cataraft was feeling strong and pulling hard on their oars, but their pace slipping.  “We just didn’t have enough water,” said John Mark Seelig, whose Colorado-based U.S. Rafting Team was joined […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, Health, News, Politics and Government

U.S. water chief praises Colorado River deal, but she also sees challenges

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — States in the U.S. West that have agreed to begin taking less water next month from the drought-stricken Colorado River got praise and a push for more action Thursday from the nation’s top water official. U.S. Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner Brenda Burman told federal, state and […]

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Opinion: The Arkansas River is a vital lifeblood to our recreation economy. It needs protection.

The Arkansas River is spectacular, flowing from its headwaters high in the Rockies through the protected Brown’s Canyon National Monument, and across approximately 668,000 acres of Bureau of Land Management lands near the cities of Salida, Cañon City and Pueblo as it flows eastward on its more than 1,400-mile journey to the Mississippi River. The […]

Posted inEnvironment, Growth, News, Politics and Government

Water crisis looms if Colorado fails to meet its legal obligations to other states, study warns

Water sufficient for more than 1 million homes on the Front Range could be lost and thousands of acres of farmland on the Western Slope and Eastern Plains could go dry if the state can’t supply enough water from the drought-stricken Colorado River to downstream states as it is legally required to do, according to […]

Posted inEducation, Environment, Growth, Outdoors, Politics and Government

After decades of negotiations, restoration efforts on Colorado’s heavily diverted Fraser River are showing signs of success

For decades, the Fraser River has struggled with low flows, rising stream temperatures, sediment build-up, plummeting fish populations and degrading aquatic habitats due in large part to Front Range water diversions that drain 65% of the river. But after years of heated negotiations — and the formation of a partnership between environmentalists, Grand County officials […]