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Invasive plants are slurping up precious water in drought-stricken southwest Colorado

Russian olives and salt cedars are using — and contaminating — a lot of water in Montezuma County, igniting an effort to remove and ban nonnative plants on the federal level.

Environment

To refine water forecasts, Western cities — including some in Colorado — map the snowpack by plane

For decades, Western U.S. states have been measuring snow through hundreds of remote sensing sites known as SNOTEL stations. But as climate change causes rising temperatures, water managers are looking for other ways to finetune forecasting methods.

Water

Opinion: Sending San Luis Valley water to Douglas County only postpones the inevitable

The better idea is for DougCo to work on water conservation and re-use

Opinion Columns

Colorado legislature sets aside $60 million for groundwater sustainability in the Rio Grande, Republican River basins

The money would be used to meet state groundwater sustainability, interstate compact compliance targets in the Rio Grande and Republican River basins

Water

Opinion: The simple, big reason Colorado’s rivers are drying up

More water is being used than is being replenished. Dams don’t fix that

Opinion Columns

Silt seeks long-term drinking water solution after Grizzly Creek fire, mudslides tainted Colorado River

The small town down the river from Glenwood Canyon has struggled with additional water filtration, costly repairs ever since the burn

Water

Zornio: Vertical farming is transforming Colorado’s Front Range

Modern agricultural practices are saving water, increasing crop yields, ending food deserts and are even tastier than before

Opinion Columns

Fire and rain: West to get more one-two extreme climate hits

Climate

Jim Morrissey: Hey, Nebraska, about that canal you want to build…

Opinion

Douglas County needs to find new water sources as its population grows by 25 people every day

Thousands of homes rely on a limited supply of underground aquifers. Water providers are working to shift to more sustainable sources before they run dry.

Environment

Zornio: Amid growing water shortages, Colorado’s agricultural scene must change

As droughts continue to ravage the American West, traditional methods of agriculture remain the top drain on Colorado's dwindling water supply

Opinion Columns

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

Nebraska's natural resources boss says failing to preserve the state's water supply would have huge economic and environmental consequences

Water

Federal water projections for Lake Powell and other reservoirs are “too rosy,” new analysis finds

Colorado River researchers went “under the hood” on the Bureau of Reclamation's 24-Month Study and found it was consistently too optimistic.

Environment

Opinion: No question: Colorado’s population growth is unsustainable

Think our air and traffic are bad now? How do you like Colorado with an additional 3 million people in 2050?

Opinion Columns

One Colorado farmer is going against the grain to use less water. It’s working.

Lowell King, who’s been farming in the Grand Valley since 2005, is deploying what's known as regenerative agriculture

Environment

Nebraska water groups endorse proposed $500 million Colorado canal

Leaders from Nebraska's irrigation and natural resources districts cast the plan as a crucial step to preserve as much of the state's water supply as possible

Water

The Colorado River Basin’s water forecast looked good in January. Now everything has changed.

Data collected from Colorado River Basin sensors recorded near- or record-low snowfall in the last three weeks of January

Climate

Federal government, Colorado and mining company reach $90 million settlement in Gold King mine spill

The proposed settlement announced Friday would direct $90 million to cleanup at the Bonita Peak Mining District Superfund site in southwest Colorado

Environment

Water worries in West force professional sports teams to get creative with their turf, toilets

With scientists predicting that climate change will lead to droughts and possible water shortages throughout the West in the coming years, The Associated Press asked pro teams in the Colorado River Basin who have grass or ice playing surfaces about use and sustainability strategies

Water

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

The start up led by former Colorado Gov. Bill Owens and his former deputy chief of staff Sean Tonner, proposed a $20 million investment of COVID recovery money to lock in future water for Douglas County at rates cheaper than Front Range cities pay today

Politics and Government
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