An initiative of the Center for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado Boulder

The South Adams County Water and Sanitation district photo

Colorado health officials investigating contaminated PFAS plume near Denver fire training center

The Colorado health department is investigating a plume causing high levels of forever chemicals in the raw water supply of Adams County.
Cloud seeding equipment near Winter Park in Colorado photo

Cloud seeding might not be as promising as drought-troubled states hope

Several western states have experimented with cloud seeding to increase precipitation, but it may not be a promising strategy.

A Colorado River Veteran Takes on the Top Water & Science Post at Interior...

Tanya Trujillo brings two decades of experience on Colorado River issues as she takes on the challenges of a river basin stressed by climate change.

US Climate risks are rising – a scientist looks at the dangers her children...

A new report warns that humanity has a brief but rapidly closing window of opportunity to secure a livable and sustainable future.

Photos: Morrow Point Dam, December 2020

This page features photos of Morrow Point Dam and the Gunnison River on Colorado's Western Slope. Constructed from 1963 to 1968, Morrow Point is 469 feet tall and was the...

Photos: Labyrinth and Desolation Canyons along Green River

This page features photos of the Green River in Labyrinth and Desolation canyons in eastern Utah. The Green River, the main tributary of the Colorado River, flows through some of...
Morrisania Mesa Ditch photo

Popular ditch inventories remain private despite being publicly funded

Is Colorado’s most precious resource a public good or a private property right?
Greeley No. 2 Canal photo

Special Report: Climate change is sapping Colorado’s water supplies. Can its hallmark water law...

Is prior appropriation up to the task of divvying up the state’s water in an era of increasingly frequent and severe drought conditions?

Photos: Dillon Reservoir aerials, July 2021

This page features drone-captured imagery of Dillon Reservoir in Summit County, Colorado. Created by a 231-foot-tall earth-fill dam, Dillon Reservoir contains over 250,000 acre-feet of water when at full capacity....
The Colorado River flows towards Horsethief Canyon photo

Special Report: As Lake Powell hits record lows, is filling a new drought pool...

The drought pool would be filled voluntarily, largely by farmers and ranchers, who would be paid to temporarily dry up their fields.