Colorado River Water Conservation District

April 20, 2011--Colorado River District abandons Crystal River reservoir rights (Aspen Times)

The Colorado River District Board of Directors voted Tuesday to abandon or dramatically shrink most of the district's undeveloped water rights on the Crystal River.

April 1, 2011--Hickenlooper meets with Western Slope water leaders (Post Independent)

Western Slope water leaders who are negotiating a “global” water agreement for Colorado met Thursday with Gov. John Hickenlooper, who agreed with their view that water is a statewide resource.

December 21, 2010--Water series on local radio can be found online (Post Independent)

If listeners missed the two local public radio stations teaming up to bring listeners an in-depth series looking at the threats to the region's water, you can find replays online. The series began Monday, Dec. 13. You can hear the reports on Aspen Public Radio and KDNK during NPR's Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

May 4, 2010--Experts predict ‘mediocre' runoff for Colorado (Aspen Times)

The spring runoff season is an exciting time for hydrologists. “This is our favorite time of year,” said Bryon Lawrence, a hydrologist with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration office in Grand Junction.

March 25, 2010--Officials examine Colorado's water future (Summit Daily)

A new $1 million study suggests snowier and rainier winters in the northern mountains and drier ones in the south by the mid-21st century. But everywhere across the Western Slope, summers will be hotter, longer and drier, putting more stress on reservoirs.

January 19, 2010-- Snowpack dangerously close to drought levels (Colorado Independent)

Badly needed snowfall is expected in Colorado’s high country this week, but one expert says the state will need much more than the amount in the forecast to stave off drought on par with the one that marked the parched year of 2002, which saw reservoirs depleted to record-low levels and raging wildfires.

December 23, 2009--With supply limited, state targets water demand (Pueblo Chieftain)

Here’s the choice: Colorado can dry up 400,000 acres of farmland, build a couple more pipelines through the Rockies or put 5 million new residents of the state--plus most already living here - on permanent watering restrictions or shower schedules. Can’t make up your mind? You’re not alone.

November 25, 2009--Group may oversee Garfield County Colorado River watershed (Aspen Times)

The Colorado River, undoubtedly one of the most studied waterways in the West and lifeline to roughly 30 million people, is about to undergo yet another look. This time, however, it will be only the portion of the river that flows through Garfield County — specifically, from the Eagle/Garfield county line in the east, to the upper end of DeBeque Canyon in the west.

More on Dust

Scientists from a variety of organizations, including the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) have been able to establish an accurate record of how human activities have increased the amount of dust falling on high country snowpack.

September 23, 2009--Colorado River official says politics of climate-change debate impeding work (Colorado Independent)

Despite a flood of recent evidence that drought is endangering the Colorado River and all of the communities from Colorado to California that depend on its unimpeded flow, the Aspen Daily News reports climate-change doubters are still clouding the debate over proper management of the Southwest’s most critical water supply.

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