Posted inClimate, News

Tuesday’s deadline looms for drought-stricken states to cut Colorado River water use

By Sam Metz and Felicia Fonseca, The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY — Banks along parts of the Colorado River where water once streamed are now just caked mud and rock as climate change makes the Western U.S. hotter and drier. More than two decades of drought have done little to deter the region from […]

Posted inClimate, News, Politics and Government

Douglas County drops San Luis Valley plan for $828M idea to pipe South Platte water from Sterling

Douglas County still wants to use some of its COVID relief funds to secure future water, but may spend it to store unused South Platte River flow after dropping a controversial proposal to buy water from the San Luis Valley. The Douglas County Commissioners indicated they may help fund the major water proposal from Parker […]

Posted inOpinion, Opinion Columns

Opinion: Farms should not be a default source of water to growing Colorado cities

The seven Colorado River Basin States and stakeholders are engaging to replace an important document with a long name: The 2007 Interim Guidelines for Lower Basin Shortages and the Coordinated Operations for Lake Powell and Lake Mead. These Interim Guidelines are set to expire in 2026. Over the past year, the Family Farm Alliance has […]

Posted inNews, Outdoors

Glenwood Springs granted right to build whitewater parks after 9 years in water court

Colorado’s river recreation economy boomed in the first 10 years of recreational in-channel diversion water rights, which state lawmakers created in 2001 to protect water used for recreation. In the decade that followed, 20 communities claimed rights that kept rapids roiling in whitewater parks that became community centerpieces. But those water rights, known as RICDs […]

Posted inEconomy, Environment, Growth, News, Politics and Government, Water

Controversial canal along South Platte River in Colorado now on Nebraska’s front burner after COVID aid windfall

By Grant Schulte, The Associated Press LINCOLN, Neb. — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts ramped up his push Wednesday for income tax cuts, a new state prison and a $500 million canal to claim water from Colorado, arguing that the state is expected to collect more than enough revenue to pay for it all. The Republican […]