September 6, 2013--Fundraising for Colo. River launches in Ariz. (Denver Post)

A coalition of environmental groups is launching a fundraising drive to restore part of the overtaxed Colorado River that has become more desert than delta. Conservationists from Mexico and the U.S., including actor Robert Redford, will gather Saturday at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix for a "low-water-use" gala.

September 6, 2013--Udall highlights water scarcity as big challenge (Denver Post)

U.S. Sen. Tom Udall says water scarcity is one of the most important challenges facing the West. The New Mexico Democrat spoke Thursday at a conference in Albuquerque that explored ways to address future demands on limited supplies. Scientists and water managers from around the country attended. Udall pointed to the Rio Grande, which cuts through the middle of Albuquerque.

September 5, 2013--Water projects stuck in regulatory limbo (Northern Colorado Business Report)

In the past decade, Jeff Drager has watched his two daughters grow up, graduate from high school and college and start their first jobs. Yet he’s still stuck on the same project at work – winning state and federal approval to build a new water reservoir.

September 5, 2013--Wildfires and climate change (New York Times)

The huge wildfire scorching one of America’s most beloved national parks, Yosemite, has rained ash on San Francisco’s water supply and jolted the nation. Experts say this is just a foretaste of major fires to come, in the United States and much of the world.

September 2, 2013--Officials: ‘Not 1 more drop’ to Front Range (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Colorado should import water to meet burgeoning Front Range demands — and lessen the pressure on the Western Slope to slake that thirst, Grand Valley water officials suggest.

August 31, 2013--NM starts campaign to encourage water conservation (Denver Post)

New Mexico's top water official and the state Environment Department are launching a water-saving campaign. State officials announced the campaign Friday, unveiling a list of ways residents can use less water as the state deals with a third year of exceptional drought.

August 28, 2013--Razor’s edge on the Colorado River (Mountain Town News)

In due course, the Colorado River goes past Las Vegas on its way, at least in theory, to the Pacific Ocean. But it originates in Rocky Mountain National Park, flowing through Grand Lake, picking up additional water from tributaries that go through Winter Park, Vail, Telluride and other ski towns.

August 19, 2013--With eye on Powell, Udall urges Coloradans to conserve water (Denver Journal)

Following the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's decision Friday to release a historically low amount of water from Lake Powell, Sen. Mark Udall urged Coloradans to do their part by responsibly using water and making every drop count. Udall, who recently led a U.S. Senate hearing on the future of the Colorado River Basin, said every Coloradan has an obligation to conserve water.

August 19, 2013--A slow-motion Colorado River disaster (Los Angeles Times)

On Aug. 7, the head of the Southern Nevada Water Authority called for federal disaster relief to address the consequences of water scarcity in the Colorado River system. On Friday, the Bureau of Reclamation announced it would be forced to cut the flow of water into Lake Mead in 2014 to a historic low. Dominoes may now fall from California to Washington, D.C.

August 17, 2013--Colorado River shortage: What happens when the water runs dry? (Marketplace)

While all the Western states have been preparing for water shortages for years, to make supply and demand meet will require changes. “Roughly a third of the Colorado River is growing alfalfa and pasture and forage crops,” says Michael Cohen, senior research assistant at the Pacific Institute.

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