Water

3:27pm

Tue July 8, 2014
Water

It’s Official: Colorado Oil Shale Development Would Use Tons Of Water

Aerial view of the new town of Battlement Mesa under construction during the oil shale boom in Garfield County. August 27, 1981.
Elderkin, R.L. Jr. U.S. Geological Survey

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.

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.

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8:00am

Sat June 28, 2014
An Eneregy Travelogue

Liquid Drill Waste, Quakes And Spills: Connecting Both East And West

Journalists canoe Ohio's Cuyahoga River. Its pollution in the 1960s inspired the modern environmental movement.
Stephanie Paige Ogburn KUNC

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.

This river, an icon of the modern environmental movement, is perhaps most famous for catching fire 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.

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3:09pm

Mon June 23, 2014
water

Colorado Had A Great Snowpack Year, In Some Cases Really Great

Snow on pine trees.
Wikimedia Commons

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.

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8:44am

Thu June 19, 2014
Environment

Parts Of Southeast Colorado Drier Than The Dust Bowl

Entrance to the town of Rocky Ford, which is experiencing a longer dry period longer than it did during the Dust Bowl.
Luke Runyon KUNC

Parts of Southeast Colorado are experiencing a longer period of drought than the dry times that occurred during the Dust Bowl.

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.

"It was drier than the worst consecutive drought period of the 30s and of the 50s," said Doesken.

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5:30am

Mon June 9, 2014
Water

Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:42 am

A surfer rides the Colorado River at the Glenwood Springs Wave Park. Rivers are high due to a big mountain snowpack.

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. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Longtime rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety spiel to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft. For some, it’s their first time rafting.

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