Water http://www.kunc.org en It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water http://www.kunc.org/post/it-s-official-colorado-oil-shale-development-would-use-tons-water <p>Energy development takes water, and in Colorado, water is a precious resource. That is why debate has raged for years over just how much water one type of energy development – oil shale – would use.</p><p>Now, environmentalists say they have forced one company, Chevron, to admit that developing oil shale in Western Colorado would use a whole lot of water.</p><p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:27:06 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 58706 at http://www.kunc.org It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West http://www.kunc.org/post/liquid-drill-waste-quakes-and-spills-connecting-both-east-and-west <p>The headwaters of the Cuyahoga River run smooth and pudding-brown; warblers dart through flooded underbrush, and the canoe I'm in travels swiftly and silently downstream.</p><p>This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/volokh-conspiracy/wp/2014/06/22/the-fable-of-the-burning-river-45-years-later/" target="_blank">famous for catching fire</a> multiple times in the 1960s and catalyzing the series of environmental protections the U.S. Congress passed in that era. It's now mostly clean, and serves as a symbol for another environmental problem -- the potential risk the natural gas boom poses to clean water in Ohio and other states experiencing a rush of energy activity.</p><p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 14:00:22 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 58335 at http://www.kunc.org Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West Colorado Had A Great Snowpack Year, In Some Cases Really Great http://www.kunc.org/post/colorado-had-great-snowpack-year-some-cases-really-great <p>Skiing across Colorado’s high country was exceptional in 2014, with some resorts reporting more than 300 inches of snow. All that snow translated to an above-average snowpack.</p><p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 21:09:43 +0000 Nathan Heffel 58117 at http://www.kunc.org Colorado Had A Great Snowpack Year, In Some Cases Really Great Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl http://www.kunc.org/post/parts-southeast-colorado-drier-dust-bowl <p>Parts of Southeast Colorado are experiencing a longer period of drought than the dry times that occurred during the Dust Bowl.</p><p>According to Nolan Doesken, the state climatologist, the past three years and eight months have been the driest stretch ever recorded for some parts of the state, including Rocky Ford, La Junta and Ordway.</p><p>"It was drier than the worst consecutive drought period of the 30s and of the 50s," said Doesken.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jun 2014 14:44:09 +0000 Stephanie Paige Ogburn 57964 at http://www.kunc.org Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters http://www.kunc.org/post/big-water-boosts-flows-whitewater-rafters <img class="wysiwyg-asset-image-wrapper wide" data-caption="A surfer rides the Colorado River at the Glenwood Springs Wave Park. Rivers are high due to a big mountain snowpack." data-attribution="Credit Marci Krivonen" typeof="foaf:Image" src="http://mediad.publicbroadcasting.net/p/kajx/files/styles/placed_wide/public/201406/photo_%2811%29.JPG" alt="" /><p>This winter’s mega snowpack in the mountains is melting and filling reservoirs and rivers around the state. For whitewater rafting companies the big flows are good for thrills. But, some stretches are river are too full to float. Mon, 09 Jun 2014 11:30:00 +0000 Marci Krivonen 57505 at http://www.kunc.org Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters