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

Drone view of the Colorado River near Moab, Utah. Photo by Mitch Tobin

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Data viz: surveying Colorado River Basin maps

This collection of Colorado River Basin maps includes public domain images and other cartographic resources for depicting the watershed.

Photos: Front Range aerials, May 2019

This photo gallery features images shot during a Lighthawk aerial tour of water-related sites along Colorado's Front Range. After departing from Rocky Mountain Metropolitan Airport in Broomfield, the flight...

A dry subject: how scientists map drought conditions

Scientists have a variety of measures of drought, but some are starting to use the term "aridification" to describe the long-term drying of the Southwest.

Glossaries

It’s hard to understand water issues unless you know the lingo. Here are some helpful water-related glossaries on the web: The U.S. Geological Survey's Dictionary of Water Terms offers a...

Welcome to The Water Desk

The Water Desk is starting up at a pivotal moment for both journalism and water, not only in our home region but also around the world.

Western states buy time with a 7-year Colorado River drought plan, but face a...

The Drought Contingency Plan for the Colorado River is a historic agreement but it has some serious shortcomings.

Water books

Want to go deep and really learn about water issues? Here's a list of great nonfiction books on (Western) water issues, curated by Mitch Tobin, director of The Water...

Media and journalism

On this page you'll find a guide to water media, a Twitter list for Western water and examples of great water journalism. .td-page-content h2, .wpb_text_column h2 { ...
The Colorado River, near Radium, Colorado. Photo by Mitch Tobin

Videos and photos: Colorado River drone flight, August 2019

This page features drone-captured footage and photos of the Colorado River, near Radium, Colorado. The imagery shows the Colorado River after it emerges from Gore Canyon, a popular whitewater rafting...