Colorado River Conservation District

August 14, 2016--Study: Drought like 2000-2006 would empty Lake Powell (Aspen Daily News)

From his office along the Colorado River in Glenwood Springs, Eric Kuhn can see the bottom of Lake Powell. Kuhn, the general manager of the Colorado River District, has been working for months on a study asking if future droughts will drop water levels in Lake Powell so low that Glen Canyon Dam won’t be able to produce hydropower or release enough water to meet downstream demands.&nb


September 29, 2015--Water users seek ways to avoid forced cutbacks (Pine River Times)

The nightmare scenario for West Slope water nerds is a "call" on the Colorado River, meaning that Colorado, Wyoming, and Northwest New Mexico are not delivering a legally required amount of water to California, Nevada, Arizona, and Utah. If or when that happens, some water users in the three Upper Basin states will have their water use curtailed so that the Lower Basin sta


July 26, 2015--Water bosses: Colorado will have enough water if managed right (Colorado Public Radio)

Even in the face of climate change and a growing population, Colorado can have enough water in the future. That's according to three water managers from around the state.


March 26, 2015--Managers: Drought could go 15 years (Dolores Star)

Today's snow will soon be used to irrigate farms, but it won't be enough for a bumper crop. Water managers at the Ag Expo explained water issues through the lens of a drought that's lingered in the region since 2000. In some ways, things have worked out as they should, said Eric Kuhn, of the Colorado River Conservation District.


February 2, 2015--Big game: Aquatic football? (Pueblo Cieftain)

The game plan is in place. The team has been conditioned. It’s been a rough season. The quarterback got beat up a little bit, but seems to be on a winning streak. OK, it’s not football. But that is one way to get a first down as the state marches down the field to score with the Colorado Water Plan.


June 28, 2014--The fight over water (Vail Daily)

We live in a semi-arid environment, but we love to play in the water. Take the massive wave park in Glenwood Springs. Surfers love it, but it hasn’t run like this for a few years, says Jim Pokrandt, communications and education director with the Colorado River District. “The bigger the snowpack the bigger the runoff and the bigger the wave at Glenwood Springs.


March 27, 2014--Big drop of water in Powell (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Federal officials fretted for a year that they might have to take action as the water level in Lake Powell fell perilously close to the point that Glen Canyon Dam couldn’t generate electricity.


September 3, 2013--Colorado River District seminar to focus on dwindling snowpack, state water plan and Lake Powell woes (Summit Voice)

Since the 1980s, warmer spring temperatures in the Rocky Mountain region have been melting the snowpack earlier, with increasing temperatures tabbed as the main factor in the decline, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.


Colorado River Cooperative Agreement

Colorado's largest water utility and two western counties have ratified a deal aimed at balancing the Denver-area's demand for water with the needs of mountain communities and avoiding costly legal battles.


May 7, 2011--Water rights central to water deals (Pueblo Chieftain)

Keeping water in streams and rivers was a major goal for Colorado River negotiators in reaching a settlement with Denver Water. “The recreational flows through Glenwood Canyon are important,” said Eric Kuhn, executive director of the Colorado River Conservation District.


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