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Money for water: A pilot project wins over skeptical farmers and ranchers

PINEDALE, WY – When Freddie Botur, 45, whose ranch spans 72,000 acres outside of Pinedale, Wyoming, first heard about a program that was paying...

PARCHED: Anticipated tab for state water plan doubles in less than two years

Implementing Gov. John Hickenlooper’s ambitious water plan likely will cost at least twice what the administration projected. When releasing the statewide strategy in 2015, James...

PARCHED: Farms could help solve Colorado’s water shortage. So why aren’t they?

Colorado’s looming water shortage would be easier to quench if farmers and ranchers were willing to part, if only temporarily, with some of their supplies. But...

Mitchell named new director of Colorado Water Conservation Board

Rebecca “Becky” Mitchell, who currently heads up the water supply planning section of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, today was named the agency’s new...

PARCHED: Why Colorado could use a big drought.

There’s nothing like a drought to turn everyone’s attention to water conservation. Colorado’s last major drought was from 2001 to 2002. It wasn’t the length...

Lawmakers lament they “don’t have more influence” moving state water plan forward

Two sessions have passed since Gov. John Hickenlooper rolled out Colorado’s first statewide water plan, yet lawmakers have made little progress toward the plan’s...

Climate change is shrinking the West’s water supply

Picture a snowflake drifting down from a frigid February sky in western Colorado and settling high in the Rocky Mountains. By mid-April, the alpine...

Our best environmental reporting of 2016

As an environmental reporter, I’m finishing out this year with a nagging fear. The why, of course, is obvious: The federal government soon will...