Thu July 19, 2012

What the Drought Means for Future Water Storage

Horsetooth Reservoir Outside Ft. Collins.
Charkesw Flickr/CreativeCommons

Each year Colorado lawmakers pass a bill to fund water projects, but last session the measure almost failed after it became a casualty of a Republican filibuster on civil unions. The Governor and lawmakers ultimately passed the measure during a special session.

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Thu July 19, 2012

Drought Forces Cattle Sales

Cattle grazing near Stillwater, CO.
Photo Bobil Flickr - Creative Commons
  • Jackie Fortier speaking with Terry Fankhauser, Executive Vice President of the Colorado Cattlemen's Association

Corn and hay production have been hit hard by the drought and so has Colorado’s cattle industry, who rely on those staple crops to feed their animals.

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Wed July 18, 2012

Amid Severe Drought, Colorado Farmers Brace for Losses

Fourth generation farmer Dave Eckhart stands on his combine in a wheat field in Weld County, Colo.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

For more than a hundred years, northeast Colorado’s farming-dependent economy has boomed thanks to a mostly reliable supply of snow melt and runoff from the Rocky Mountains that’s channeled to a complex web of irrigation ditches and reservoirs.

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Mon July 16, 2012


Thu July 5, 2012

CO Drought Monitor Map Shows Extreme Drought Conditions

USDA screencapture/NOAA

The new map shows severe to exceptionally severe drought conditions across the entire state.  While this may not be the worst season on record, the state’s climatologist says it’s very close.

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