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South Platte River gets no new protections after heated Water Quality Control Commission hearing

Colorado water commissioners declined to upgrade water quality rules for the urban stretch of river, though conservation groups say they are finally being heard.

Environment

How water rights work in Colorado — and why severe drought makes them work differently

Parched residents’ questions answered, from how much water the Front Range takes from the Western Slope, to how a power dam near Glenwood Springs saves Colorado River fishies

Climate

Bird count examines what happens when high-country Colorado irrigators use less water

As the state mulls paying irrigators to leave water in the Colorado River instead of flooding fields, Audubon Rockies is using bird counts in the northwest part of the state to gauge the implications of intentionally drying the landscape.

Environment

Wildlife officials ask anglers not to fish the Dolores River for the first time ever as rain fails to dent Western Slope drought

Fish and wildlife leaders say they have their eye on potential closures of the Animas and San Juan rivers as well.

Outdoors

Colorado refuses to ease rules for how much pollution gets discharged into rivers and streams

Members of the Water Quality Control Commission said they were shocked by the blowback to a proposed change that would have made it easier for industry, utilities to send more pollution downstream.

Environment

Industries could dump more pollution into Colorado rivers under proposed rule change that goes against recommendations

Clean water advocates say a state commission is preparing to double down on a bad decision last year that failed to protect Clear Creek and the South Platte, and that a broader ruling may endanger more pristine streams.

Environment

Colorado closes popular stretch of Yampa River to fishing as Western Slope drought hits summer plans early

State Parks and Wildlife shuts down a key stretch below Stagecoach Reservoir far earlier than in recent years, prompting climate change warnings from river advocates and concern for local rec industry.

Climate

Controversial Chimney Hollow Dam project near Loveland moving forward after $15 million settlement

Northern Water will begin construction of the 25-story Chimney Hollow dam this summer.

Environment

Opinion: If we fight each other over water, we’ll all come out losers

There are no easy answers to water issues in the West. We have to consider all possible solutions and avoid the trap of single-minded thinking.

Opinion Columns

San Luis Valley ranchers see dividends in saving water for fish. Are they on to something?

Some ranchers are paid to change when they draw water from San Luis Valley reservoirs. There are benefits for fish, but also for management of land and animals.

Environment

Vancouver company digs deep on due diligence in effort to revive historic Ouray silver mine

Aurcana Silver Corp. prepared for the venture by studying a long list of failed North American mines before drilling down to resume production at a once-thriving site in the San Juans

Business

EPA announces Colorado-based office dedicated to cleaning up abandoned mines

The Office of Mountains, Deserts and Plains will take charge of remediating abandoned mine lands, including the Gold King Mine in southwest Colorado

Environment

Opinion: We argued for years. But now we’re working together to benefit people and fish.

Opinion Columns

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

Waterway improvements in Grand County are impressive, but with major Front Range water projects looming, environmentalists worry gains are just "a Band-Aid."

Environment

Cory Gardner, Scott Tipton bring new “good Samaritan” bill to address abandoned mines and stoke solution for $50B problem

Congress has been debating for decades how to deal with the $50 billion problem of abandoned mines across the U.S.

Environment

First efforts to revive populations of Colorado’s state fish seemed fruitless. Then the greenback cutthroat trout surprised everyone — again.

The species -- previously considered extinct -- is thriving in Herman Gulch, off Interstate 70, after initial stocking attempts now appear to be successful

Environment

Three years after the Gold King Mine spill there’s no fix to leaky abandoned mines. What’s the holdup?

Today, the problem of mines leaching heavy metals into bodies of water remains, for the most part, unaddressed

Environment