Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District

5:00am

Sun January 15, 2012
Environment

Mild Winter Could Hurt Colorado Water Supply, Economy

Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado’s snowpack is nearing the lowest it’s been in decades.  The mild winter is bad news for powder skiers and snow-dependent businesses in the state.  It’s also a concern for millions of people across the Southwest who depend on melting snow for their drinking water and farms.

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3:07pm

Fri December 9, 2011
Environment

Colorado Water Agency Proposes New Fracking Regulations

KUNC file photo

Northern Colorado’s largest water provider is proposing new regulations governing the use of its water to hydraulically fracture oil and gas wells.  The move comes as many cities and towns in the area have been leasing water to energy companies for fracking.

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5:00am

Thu June 30, 2011
Water

Conservationists Mobilize to Protect River

The Yampa Canyon through the Dinosaur National Monument is prized for its scenery and whitewater.
Photo by Kirk Siegler

Colorado’s Yampa River is one of the last-free flowing rivers in the West and its water has long been eyed by the oil shale industry and by water agencies looking for new sources to tap to feed communities and farms hundreds of miles away.  But recently Shell Oil shelved an application to divert water from the Yampa for mining, and a powerful Front Range water utility has put its interest in the Yampa on hold.  This has environmentalists looking to seize the moment and drum up support to protect the river.

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4:29pm

Tue June 21, 2011
Water

Northern: 'Good Faith' Water Agreement Expected Soon

The Yampa River in northwest Colorado is running at record levels. But water managers caution this year is probably an anomaly.
KUNC file photo

Officials with the agency that provides water to scores of cities and farms in northeastern Colorado say they’re close to announcing an agreement that seeks to ease long-standing tensions between water users on the Front Range and the western slope.  The pending agreement is expected to be similar to one recently announced by Denver Water.

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10:36am

Tue April 26, 2011
Water

Save the Poudre Raises Questions about NISP Impact to Farmland

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A project that would divert Poudre River water into two reservoirs could hurt Northern Colorado agriculture. That’s according to a newly released report by the nonprofit Save the Poudre. But as at least one group is challenging the findings.

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