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Renewable Water Resources wants Douglas County as the first customer for its San Luis Valley water export plan

By Chris Lopez,  Alamosa Citizen For an initial payment of $20 million, Douglas County can become a partner of Renewable Water Resources in its plan to export approximately 20,000 acre-feet of water per year from the San Luis Valley, according to an RWR proposal to the Douglas County Commissioners. In its proposal to Douglas County, […]

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In the San Luis Valley, a community fights for its land, water and way of life

Every summer in Colorado’s San Luis Valley, a long, high desert valley ringed by mountains, Jose Martinez watches in admiration as water flows from an irrigation pipe across the contours of his land, feeding the 8 acres of alfalfa he grows near his home in San Francisco, a town of fewer than 90 people. The […]

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As cities like Denver and Colorado Springs grow, wastewater recycling gets another look

By Brittany Peterson and Sam Metz, The Associated Press Around the U.S., cities are increasingly warming to an idea that once induced gags: Sterilize wastewater from toilets, sinks and factories, and eventually pipe it back into homes and businesses as tap water. In the Los Angeles area, plans to recycle wastewater for drinking are moving […]

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Low water forecast for Ruedi Reservoir near Aspen threatens hydropower, water deliveries

By Heather Sackett, Aspen Journalism Water levels at Ruedi Reservoir could fall so low this winter that the city of Aspen could have difficulty making hydro-electric power and those who own water in the reservoir could see shortages. That’s according to projections by the Bureau of Reclamation, which operates the reservoir near the headwaters of […]

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Congress’ bipartisan infrastructure bill includes $8.3 billion for Western water. Here’s how Colorado stands to benefit.

The nearly $1 trillion infrastructure bill set to be debated in Congress in the coming weeks would send money to a wide range of priorities, from road and bridge repairs to expanding public transportation and broadband.  But the biggest boon for Colorado may not be money that would be spent helping move people around. It […]

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Boulder County puts review of Gross Reservoir expansion on hold

BOULDER — Boulder County has suspended consideration of a permit needed for a long-sought reservoir expansion by Denver Water until a federal court hears a lawsuit filed by the utility that alleges the county is stalling on the permit and jeopardizing the project. The county on Tuesday said it had agreed to a Denver Water […]

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As drought in the West worsens, the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in Colorado faces a dwindling water supply

TOWAOC — In late June, Simon Martinez drove along one of the dirt roads crisscrossing the parched rocky shrubland on the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe Farm & Ranch Enterprise, a 7,700-acre agricultural operation owned by the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe in the far southwestern corner of Colorado. In normal times, he would be driving past […]