Water

6:38am

Tue September 17, 2013
Colorado Flood

Floodwaters Hamper Evans’ Struggle To End ‘No Flush’

The City of Evans has setup many portable toilets to cope with the "no flush" order. Many like these dot the map in town.
Nathan Heffel KUNC

Rushing water from the South Platte River has inundated homes, businesses and large swaths of land on the Eastern Plains of Colorado. In Evans, Colo. It’s also swamped one of two water treatment plants.

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2:16pm

Thu September 5, 2013
Politics

Gardner's Water Storage Proposal Worries Poudre Backers

Cache La Poudre River as it flows through northern Fort Collins, Colorado
Creative Commons: Wikimedia

A potential piece of legislation proposed by Congressman Cory Gardner (R) regarding water storage is being criticized by Fort Collins environmental group Save the Poudre. At stake is the future of the Northern Integrated Supply Project or NISP.

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6:49am

Wed September 4, 2013
Water

Rethinking Reservoirs With An Eye Toward Colorado's Rivers

The Terrace Reservoir in the San Luis Valley provides irrigation water for farms downstream. It had a 200 acre-foot restriction imposed by the state because of an aging spillway.
Maeve Conran KGNU

All around Colorado, new collaborations are emerging around water storage and water use. Partnerships with reservoirs are turning out to be key in terms of environmental stewardship, river protection, and healthy communities that rely on water.

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10:57am

Sun September 1, 2013
The Two-Way

Austin Lakefront Institution Closes Doors For Lack Of Water

Originally published on Sun September 8, 2013 1:54 pm

Dockside at Carlos 'n Charlie's on Lake Travis.
Pete Clark

Carlos 'n Charlie's restaurant on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas, will be having its last last call on Monday. But don't bother coming by boat.

The restaurant has been a lakeside hotspot since it opened in 1995. Back then, docking at the restaurant's wharf was a popular way to take in the party atmosphere, which part-owner Pete Clark describes as like "a cheap Spring break movie."

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8:20am

Wed August 28, 2013
The Salt

To Grow Sweeter Produce, California Farmers Turn Off The Water

Originally published on Sat August 31, 2013 10:57 am

At Happy Boy Farms near Santa Cruz, Calif., Early Girl tomatoes are grown using dry-farming methods. The tomatoes have become increasingly popular with chefs and wholesalers.
Courtesy Jen Lynne/Happy Boy Farms

A week without water can easily kill the average person.

But a garden that goes unwatered for months may produce sweeter, more flavorful fruits than anything available in most mainstream supermarkets — even in the scorching heat of a California summer. Commercial growers call it "dry farming," and throughout the state, this unconventional technique seems to be catching on among small producers of tomatoes, apples, grapes, melons and potatoes.

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