Posted inEnvironment, News, Water

Attempt to stop Colorado water speculation is circling the drain

A move to dry up water speculation once and for all in Colorado ended at the legislature despite intense supply pressures from drought and water developers, as lawmakers said they’re loath to hurt farmers’ ability to sell their most valuable asset.  The Senate Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee tabled the anti-speculation bill after first accepting […]

Posted inEnvironment, News, Outdoors

An attempt to ban mountain lion hunting in Colorado thrills animal activists, troubles hunters

When Colorado Parks and Wildlife commissioners in January 2021 allowed hunters in some areas to lure mountain lions with electronic calling devices, animal rights groups reacted with a new plan: asking lawmakers to ban hunting of Colorado’s wild cats.  “That was it for us,” said Aubyn Royall, the Colorado director of the Humane Society of […]

Posted inClimate, Environment, News, Water

Colorado wants to keep investors from flipping water rights. Let the speculation begin.

Want to understand water speculation in Colorado?  Let’s say you’re in line at a pizza shop. Hear us out.  There’s a big sign at the pizza counter saying, “Limited quantities due to climate change. Buy only what you can eat.”  But the guy in front of you buys five pizzas for $20 each. He starts […]

Posted inBusiness, Environment, Growth, News, Outdoors, Politics and Government

Proposal to shrink Holy Cross Wilderness, increase water storage draws hundreds of comments

Forty years after the Holy Cross Wilderness Area was created, an early effort to explore tapping its water supplies has generated more than 500 comments to the U.S. Forest Service. Aurora and Colorado Springs, which own and operate the only reservoir in the area, Homestake I, hope to demonstrate that they can divert more water from […]

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Will 2020 be the year Colorado bans plastic bags, Styrofoam and other single-use plastics?

The Town of Avon did something daring in January: It banned expanded polystyrene food containers, a.k.a. Styrofoam. The move made the town the first community in Colorado to forbid such take-out food containers, which don’t do well in microwaves — or with trash recyclers. But it also put them at odds with an obscure state […]