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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...

Rain barrels are legal now in Colorado— here’s what you need...

  Are you ready for rain barrels? You better be, because today, Aug. 10, is the first day most Colorado residents can legally collect rainwater off their...

Beyond rain barrels: What this legislative session did — and didn’t...

Authorizing the use of rain barrels wasn’t the only major water decision to come out of the 2016 legislative session, but no matter your...

Rainwater harvesting may no longer be outlawed in Colorado

Good news for urban farmers. Colorado may soon lose its dubious distinction as the only state in the country to outlaw collecting rooftop runoff...

Rainwater harvesting bill stalls in Colorado Senate

A perennial bill that would allow Coloradans to collect rainwater from rooftops in two 55-gallon barrels for watering lawns and gardens was sailing toward...

Could this be the year for rain-water barrels in Colorado?

Colorado is the only state in the country that outlaws rainwater collection, a popular conservation technique among urban farmers and gardeners that has some...

Colorado outlaws rain barrels. Can the ban be lifted?

Put a bucket under your downspout and collect rain running off your roof to water your garden. You’re an outlaw in Colorado. Critics have lambasted...

Scoring Colorado lawmakers on conservation

Legalizing rain barrels. Incentivizing energy efficient construction. Supporting solar gardens. Opposing state control of public lands. Defending renewable energy mandates. These were just a few of the priorities last session for local environmental protection group Conservation Colorado, which has now released a scorecard evaluating state lawmakers.

Denver’s heavy rains, measured in illegal barrels

It's been raining a lot in Denver. On the extreme off-chance that you need hard numbers to believe it, the average total rainfall for...

Stormwater ‘recycling’ could help boost urban water supplies

Even though the rain-barrel bill got dunked in the Colorado Legislature this year, another measure that could help conserve and reuse urban water on...