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Colorado, USDA double down on soil, water conservation with $5M program

A five-year, $5 million agreement will help support regenerative agriculture, soil health, water conservation and urban farms.

State proposes a new paradigm for Yampa River

Colorado water officials are considering whether to designate the increasingly stressed Yampa River as over-appropriated.

Photos and videos: Paonia Reservoir, December 2020

This page features drone-captured photos and videos of Paonia Reservoir on Colorado's Western Slope. Located 16 miles northeast of Paonia, the reservoir lies along Muddy Creek, upstream from...

Photos and videos: Ruedi Reservoir, December 2020

This page features drone-captured photos and videos of Ruedi Reservoir on Colorado's Western Slope. ' Part of the federal Fryingpan-Arkansas Project, the reservoir has a capacity of 102,000 acre-feet and...

Local groups voice renewed interest in Crystal River Wild & Scenic designation

Residents of Colorado's Crystal River valley are reviving efforts to protect the upper portion of the river through a federal designation.

New poll: Slim majority supports spending more to protect Colorado’s water

A majority of Colorado voters believe the state should spend more money to protect its water resources, but they’re not willing to support new state taxes to fund the work.

Report: Estimates of future Upper Colorado River Basin water use confound planning

Some water experts say unrealistic projections make it harder to plan for a future under climate change.

Are New York billionaires different than Colorado’s? Work group eyes new tools to stop...

Imposing hefty taxes on speculative water sales, requiring that water rights purchased by investors be held for several years before they can be resold, and requiring special state approval of such sales are three ideas that might help Colorado protect its water resources from speculators.

Colorado Water Plan turns five: Is it working?

Drought, growth, climate change, budget cuts, wildfires and competing demands for water are among the challenges facing the Colorado Water Plan.

Colorado officials crack down on ponds in Arkansas River basin

State engineers in the Arkansas River basin are beginning to crack down on more than 10,000 ponds without legal water rights, which they say are harming senior rights holders.