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More must be done to protect Colorado River from drought, federal report says

Millions of people in seven states and Mexico rely on the river for drinking water and growing crops

After lawsuit from Colorado and other states, Utah asks Trump administration to delay decision on tapping Lake Powell

Utah cited the need to consider roughly 14,000 public comments on a draft environmental impact statement, released in June by the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, for the Lake Powell pipeline project

Opinion: Colorado needs a water market to reduce Colorado River water use

Colorado, five other states promise lawsuits if feds fast-track approval of Utah’s Lake Powell Pipeline project

Decades of collaborative agreements between the states that rely on the Colorado River could be threatened by the Trump Administration plan to expedite review of Utah’s diversion project

Officials restrict water usage from Yampa River for only the second time ever

The move came because less water has been circulating to the lower part of the river, meaning users in that area are not receiving their legally protected share

Western U.S. faces reckoning over water, but avoids cuts for now

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation is expected to release projections Friday that suggest Lake Powell and Lake Mead will dip slightly in 2021

Many hoped the Gold King Mine spill would bring change. Five years later, they’re still waiting.

A congressional fix for abandoned mines remains elusive and clean up around Silverton has moved at a “snail’s pace.” Experts say the disaster shed light on problems, but didn’t drive change like they thought it would.

Nearly all of Colorado is under some drought status. A year ago, almost none of the state was parched.

Colorado’s most recent drought outlook shows some progress, but the state’s drought could persist

Table tennis got the lion’s share of Colorado’s first $25 million in sports betting wagers

Sports wagering is supposed to pump money into Colorado’s Water Plan, but the pandemic is tossing more uncertainty into the bet lawmakers made

To understand the future of the Colorado River, look to a frowny, eel-faced fish: the humpback chub

Talks to revise water-use agreements are set to begin later this year as Colorado River flows shrink. The fate of the humpback chub helps explain the challenge.

College students find $564 solution to the million-dollar problem with Gillette Flats spring in Teller County

Colorado sought to cap a quirky artesian mountain spring near Cripple Creek, but there’s new hope for a compromise to keep it flowing

The closure of Colorado coal-fired powerplants is freeing up water for thirsty cities

Large electricity generators use lots of water to cool their coal-fired plants. As those units shut down, expect to see battles heat up over how the massive amounts of water can be repurposed.

Pocket of severe drought lingers over Southwest U.S., including Colorado

In all, nearly 70% of Colorado is abnormally dry or in moderate or severe drought,

Sports betting won’t generate any money for Colorado’s water needs in first year, new analysis says

The Colorado Gaming Division only expects sports betting, which begins in Colorado in May, to generate between $1.5 million and $1.7 million in tax revenue in the 2020-21 fiscal year, which begins on July 1

Aurora, Colorado Springs own water near Leadville. They may need to redraw a wilderness area to access it.

The first step for the Front Range cities, which want to act on their decades-old water rights, is to drill test bores for a proposed dam that would flood a Holy Cross Wilderness access road

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

If water consumption increases by as little as 12%, the risk of Front Range spigots and farmland going dry doubles. But some call the findings scare tactics.

A new federal grant program allots $10 million for high-hazard dams in Colorado, 25 other states

An Associated Press analysis identified at least 1,688 dams that could cause particular concern — those rated by inspectors as in poor or unsatisfactory condition and located in high hazard places where people could die if they failed.

Interior Department proposes coveted water deal to ex-client of Secretary David Bernhardt

Bernhardt -- a Colorado native who used to work at a high-powered Denver lobbying firm -- served as a lobbyist for Westlands until 2016, the year before he joined Interior, initially as deputy secretary.

Colorado, other Western states oppose federal government plan to charge for reservoir water

Attorneys general from a dozen western states want the Trump administration to halt a proposal by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers that they say usurps states' authority over their own water.

Deep mountain snow raised Lake Mead, Lake Powell water lines. But for the first time, supply cuts loom downstream.

The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan inked this spring is triggering “a new era” of mandatory cuts for Arizona and Nevada

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