Defend the Colorado River

The Colorado River and its tributaries like the Fraser River are essential for the health of local communities that depend on them. Not only do they provide clean water for drinking and agriculture, they are also the foundation of the regions tourism industry providing world class opportunities for fly fishing and boating. But soon, 80%… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan Commenting: All the cool kids (might be) doing it!

Upper Colorado River, CO | Ken Neubecker What do Peyton Manning, Goldie Hawn, and Neil Young all have in common?? If they live in Colorado, they might be commenting to Governor Hickenlooper on the Colorado Water Plan. What about Todd Helton, Jon Krakauer, or South Park creator Trey Parker?? Yup, they may have commented on… Read more »

Colorado River Initiative: Purposeful Protection of River Corridors

Rafting the Upper Colorado River fun in Eagle County has historically been concentrated along the upper reaches of the Colorado River, leaving about 40 miles of river lonely and underutilized. However, in 2011, Eagle County Open Space (ECOS) and several partners began a concerted effort to protect the river corridor and improve access along some… Read more »

Dispatch from a shrinking reservoir

Sweat is draining down from under my sun hat, drenching my shirt – and I’m not even working! Simply bobbing along in my bright orange sea kayak, out on a massive, man-made reservoir in the middle of June is enough to wick the hydration straight out of my cells. I had come west from the… Read more »

Rivers of Colorado

Upper Colorado River | Credit: Ken Neubecker Many people associate the Colorado River with images of magnificent canyons, giant reservoirs, and terrifying rapids.  For me, I  think of a small trout rising to eat a Royal Wulff fly on a creek not much wider than my office.  I grew up fishing on the headwaters of… Read more »

Healthy Rivers Make Colorado Healthy

Enjoying the Colorado River |  Pete McBride Gov. John Hickenlooper has launched a state rebranding initiative, Making Colorado, to stimulate the state’s economy, streamline statewide programs, and reintroduce the state to the rest of the world. Through April 30, the initiative is seeking state residents’ input on what it is that makes Colorado, Colorado. For many,… Read more »

“River Killer” Bill Passes the House

Originally published on Telluride Inside…And Out Natural Resources Committee moved a bill forward that would effectively kill Colorado’s rivers. Take action to stop this terrible bill Today, under the leadership of Doc Hastings (R-WA) and Tom McClintock (R-CA) in the House Natural Resources Committee, high-profile legislators with anti-environment track records and agendas voted almost strictly… Read more »

Groundwater Loss: The Colorado River’s Unseen Threat

Colorado River, S. Kaibab Trail | Bailey Kennett I’ll never forget my first encounter with the Colorado River: I was hiking down the South Kaibab Trail of the Grand Canyon, amazed at how the setting sun colored the canyon walls, when suddenly the River came into view and the panorama changed entirely.  In that moment… Read more »