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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.

Environment

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

Environment

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.

Energy

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,

Environment

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

Environment

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

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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.

Environment

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

Environment

Colorado’s snowy winter and wet spring were a boon to the state’s reservoirs. These satellite photos show it.

At the start of August, Colorado reservoirs were at 80% their capacity. A year ago, their fill ratio was just 60%.

Environment

Colorado said a quirky artesian mountain spring has to be capped. Residents are trying one last Hail Mary to save it.

People in Teller County and beyond have used the spring at Gillette Flats, near Cripple Creek, as a free water source for generations

Environment

Tiny Branson has plenty of water. But like other small rural delivery systems in Colorado, it must find a way to meet new state standards.

The southern Colorado town, population 55, now looks to another small hamlet for a solution -- and to crowdfunding to pay for it

Coloradans

Congress OKs “pain-sharing agreement” to deal with Colorado River drought, starting water-use cuts across seven states

The Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan was passed by the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, sending it to President Donald Trump’s desk

Environment

Opinion: New oil and gas bill puts Colorado water at risk

Opinion Columns

Arizona will miss deadline for Colorado River drought plan that impacts water for millions, officials say

Missing the March 4 deadline could allow the federal government to step in and decide the rules

Environment

Arizona joins Colorado River drought plan just before federal deadline in effort to keep reservoirs from draining too low

The nightmare scenario for Arizona, California, Nevada and Mexico — which draw from Lake Mead — is a phenomenon called "dead pool," in which the level of the lake's surface falls below the gates that let water out

Environment

Colorado, southwestern U.S. states now have a Jan. 31 deadline for drought deal

Water users from Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming should have had a pact to sign at an annual water users' conference this week in Las Vegas. They didn't.

Environment

“We all know the clock is ticking”: Colorado, other western states to meet at deadline on Colorado River drought plan

Arizona has been the holdout, with farmers, cities, Indian tribes and lawmakers in the state set to be first to feel the pinch still negotiating how to deal with water cutback

Environment
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