Farmers throughout the Great Plains are preparing for what could be a tough growing season. They’re scrambling to find irrigation water, made scarce by the region’s persistent drought. In eastern Colorado, thirsty cities have gobbled up water rights for decades, selling what they don’t need back to farmers. As KUNC and Harvest Public Media’s Luke […]

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Colorado Springs city council has voted to restrict outdoor watering to two days a week, starting April 1. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, they also adopted new drought water rates intended to persuade customers to reduce usage.

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Colorado Springs’ City Council gave initial approval today to a new water ordinance aimed at getting consumers to save 5.8 billion gallons this year. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the proposal contains a variety of tools to get through what is projected to be a tough drought year….Council also approved Mayor Bach’s proposal allowing city employees to bring guns to work if they have a concealed-carry permit.

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Colorado Senator Michael Bennet visited the site of flood mitigation efforts at the burned Flying W Ranch in Colorado Springs today to highlight the need for emergency watershed protection funding after last year’s devastating fire season. KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports.

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La Junta and Pueblo Water Use

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Pueblo won’t be considering seasonal water restrictions amidst exceptional drought in south eastern parts of Colorado…

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Colorado Springs Utilities is preparing for a water shortfall this summer. As KRCC’s Liz Ruskin reports, the utility is proposing water restrictions and would like to revise water rates to discourage heavy use.

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In October of 2011, Zak Podmore and Will Stauffer-Norris embarked upon an adventure of Twainian proportions. Armed with kayaks, inflatable rafts, camping gear, and freshly minted CC diplomas, they departed from the snowy headwaters of the Green River and paddled their way south, down the entire length of the Colorado River basin. Over the […]

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Projections show Colorado still has a long way to go if the state hopes to avoid another dry summer. Water experts briefed state lawmakers on the latest drought conditions, saying it looks grim. Bente Birkeland has more from the state capitol.

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A winter storm is bringing some much-needed rain and snow to the Front Range and northern mountains.

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Water managers in Colorado are bracing for another bad year. The largest water utilities on the Front Range are already taking steps to prepare for another dry summer, a summer some predict could be worse than last year. As Aspen Public Radio’s Marci Krivonen reports, utilities in Colorado Springs and Denver are preparing in advance.

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Snowpack conditions in the Arkansas River Basin continue to be below normal. The latest numbers released today show the snow to water equivalency at about 3.5 inches. This time last year, that number was pushing six inches. Overall, the basin is about half of where it should be. Across Colorado, the numbers are much […]

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Tackling the issue of low water supplies and increasing demand will be a top priority for lawmakers during the upcoming legislative session. As part of our series on snow, Statehouse reporter Bente Birkeland takes a look at some of the proposals being floated around and talks to state leaders about preparing for the worst.

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For many in Southern Colorado, the Arkansas River is the lifeblood of healthy communities. But the region suffered through this year’s extreme and exceptional drought conditions. And as KRCC’s Andrea Chalfin reports, all along the Arkansas River, people are in some ways, holding their breaths to see what this winter brings.

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The Colorado River basin is facing a massive water shortage in the coming years, according to a report released today. The basin will see demands for water grow exponentially in the next 50 years. Aspen Public Radio’s Luke Runyon has more.

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From wildfires to ranching and farming to next year’s water supplies, everyone is wondering what kind of winter Colorado is going to have. Over the next few weeks Rocky Mountain Community Radio partner stations are going to take a look at how snow, or the lack of it, will impact the state going into 2013. […]

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Warm and Dry November

On November 29, 2012 By

Colorado Springs has seen less than an inch of precipitation so far this fall. Continued drought could impact water use.

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A pending agreement with state officials may make water quality testing a requirement for obtaining drilling permits in El Paso county.

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Colorado State Supreme Court Justice, water resource advocate and poet, Gregory J. Hobbs will be speaking at the UCCS Gallery of Contemporary Art’s H20: Water, Culture & Politics lecture series October 11th. The lecture series is presented in conjunction with Eric Tillinghast’s installation, Rain Machine.

Justice Hobbs sat down with Andrea Chalfin […]

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Colorado’s economy is weak and losing momentum according to a revenue forecast released today…A new conservation plan to help the Rio Grande watershed is getting the backing of state and federal officials.

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Governor John Hickenlooper says the drought gripping most of Colorado is at “historical dimensions,” and the state’s water supplies are being stressed like no other time in history. The Governor’s remarks came at a statewide drought conference this yesterday in Denver.

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Today is the last day to register for unemployment assistance for residents affected by the Waldo Canyon fire…The U.S. Small Business Administration has approved low-interest disaster loan assistance for farmers, ranchers, businesses, homeowners and nonprofit organizations affected by wildfires, flooding and mudslides…Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…State budgets across the country are starting to show signs of stability according to a new report from the National Conference of State Legislatures.

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Crews with Colorado Springs Utilities continue to assess damages to the Northfield Water System after flash flooding last week caused significant erosion and debris flow…Two groups trying to get measures on November’s ballot turned in petition signatures yesterday…The newest class at the Air Force Academy is being formally accepted into the school’s cadet wing.

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Each year, Colorado lawmakers pass a bill to fund water projects. This last session, the measure almost failed after it became a casualty of a Republican filibuster on civil unions. The Governor and lawmakers held a special session and passed the measure calling it critical for water users across the state. Bente Birkeland […]

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