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Colorado Edition: Ongoing drought; Larimer County mask mandate; green technology

Grace Hood

Starting last Friday, water experts from across the West have been testifying before Congress about the ongoing drought. KUNC’s Alex Hager joins us to talk about how declining water levels and increasing temperatures are hurting water supply.

This Wednesday, a new Larimer County mandate requiring masks in all public indoor spaces will go into effect. Larimer County’s public health director Tom Gonzales tells us how he hopes this mandate will mitigate the spread of the delta variant and overcrowding at hospital ICUs.

President Joe Biden’s "Build Back Better" agenda includes a $3.5 trillion spending plan that prioritizes climate action. But over at CU Boulder, a new research center is already building on that momentum with the Building Energy Smart Technology (BEST) Center. Moncef Krarti, professor of engineering at CU Boulder and director of BEST Center, and Kyri Baker, assistant professor of architecture and engineering tell us more about the field of green technology.

Colorado Edition is hosted by Erin O'Toole (@ErinOtoole1) and edited by Henry Zimmerman (@kombuchacowboy). Our production team includes Tess Novotny (@tess_novotny), Alana Schreiber (@ayyschreib) and Rae Solomon (@raedear1). KUNC news director Brian Larson is our executive producer. Web was edited by digital editor Jackie Hai.

The mission of Colorado Edition is to deepen understanding of life in Northern Colorado through authentic conversation and storytelling. It's available as a podcast on iTunesSpotifyGoogle PlayStitcher, or wherever you get your podcasts.

You can hear the show on KUNC, Monday through Friday at 2:30 and at 6:30 p.m.

Colorado Edition is made possible with support from our KUNC members. Thank you!

Our theme music was composed by Colorado musicians Briana Harris and Johnny Burroughs. Other music in the show by Blue Dot Sessions.

KUNC's Colorado Edition is a daily look at the stories, news, people and issues important to you. It's a window to the communities along the Colorado Rocky Mountains.