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Volunteers partnered with Larimer County Natural Resources Department to help open up a wildlife corridor in Red Mountain Open Space. (Photo by Colorado State Forest Service via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Guest Post: Colorado should build a wall – of nature

If you think it’s bad now, the worst is still to come. In a news report two weeks ago, the Colorado state demographer stated...
Gross Dam in Boulder County (Photo by David Herrold via Flickr: Creative Commons)

Guest Post: NIMBYs are Earth Warriors

Last weekend I stood in the back yard of a mountain house overlooking the massive proposed expansion of Gross Dam in western Boulder County....
Rep. Diana DeGette at a candidate forum in Denver in October 2018. (Photo by Rachel Lorenz for The Colorado Independent)

Trump EPA failing at its mission, say four former agency bosses Rep. Diana DeGette:...

WASHINGTON --  Four former heads of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on Tuesday blasted the Trump administration’s management of the agency, a show of...

‘We can’t nickle-dime this thing.’ Water Congress comes up dry on funds for Colorado...

When Gov. Jared Polis took office in January, he took responsibility for ensuring that Colorado doesn’t run out of water. Many in the water...

One tribal nation could decide the fate of Arizona’s drought plan The Gila River...

In Arizona, the Colorado River Drought Contingency Plan now hinges on the approval of tribal nations. The plan is meant to levy water cuts to seven...
Climate change. Silverton Mountain, March 2010. (Photo by Doug Pensinger/Getty Images)

Four seasons: Colorado water in a changing climate Part 1: The life and death...

Editor’s Note: Over the next year, The Colorado Independent will examine, season by season, the effects climate change is having on the state’s water...

Lake Dillon is warming, but its water quality remains OK, study finds

A new environmental study has some rare good news for stressed Colorado water managers: Lake Dillon, the Summit County reservoir that supplies water to...
Lake Mead

How best to share the disappearing Colorado River Seven Western states must rewrite the...

As early as 2020, hydrologists forecast that the level of Lake Mead, the largest reservoir on the Colorado River, could drop low enough to...

What the 2018 farm bill means for the West Lawmakers see hemp legalization and...

After a long journey through the Senate and House agriculture committees, the 2018 farm bill is expected to clear the president’s desk soon. The bill, which...

Feds set urgent deadline on Colorado River drought plan Interior Dept. to Arizona and...

LAS VEGAS – Reforming western water policy has always been an exercise in political maneuvering, stop-and-start negotiations and bureaucratic delays. Progress comes slowly and...