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

By Jonathan J. Cooper, The Associated Press Arizona delivered one of the final puzzle pieces for a Colorado River drought plan, agreeing Thursday to join six other states and Mexico in voluntarily taking less water from the constrained river. The decision to join the drought plan, authorized by lawmakers and Gov. Doug Ducey, went right up to the edge of […]

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

By Ken Ritter, The Associated Press LAS VEGAS — With drought entering a second decade and reservoirs continuing to shrink, seven Southwestern U.S. states that depend on the overtaxed Colorado River for crop irrigation and drinking water had been expected to ink a crucial share-the-pain contingency plan by the end of 2018. They’re not going to […]

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The fierce fight over an artesian spring in southern Colorado provides a glimpse of coming water wars

TELLER COUNTY — Until Colorado water authorities announced a plan to cap it and locals started a petition drive to save it, the little spring at Gillette Flats never inspired much reflection. No one knows when someone first stuck a pipe in the ground to tap the water burbling up a few miles north of […]

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Aurora officials say water in Colorado is increasingly difficult to find. So they’ve tapped an inactive mine.

A Denver suburb has finalized an unusual deal to acquire water from an inactive gold mine. Aurora city officials said Friday the $34 million deal gives the city the rights to about 1,400 acre-feet of water a year from the London Mine outside Alma, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) to the west. An acre-foot is […]

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How Colorado’s ski resorts can continue making snow in drought years like this one

Reservoirs have turned to dust. Farmers have fallow fields. But don’t expect the skiing to languish. Ski resorts have spent many decades amassing water rights and water storage and continuously upgrading snowmaking systems to make the state’s vibrant, multibillion-dollar resort industry virtually immune to drought — so long as this winter, farmers and ranchers have […]