Glimpses of the Colorado River

Colorado River, AZ, NV in 1871 | Timothy O’Sullivan/Library of Congress It is said that each journey begins with one step and that a flood begins with a trickle of water. Over the past couple of weeks the Colorado River may have taken two small, but not insignificant steps, towards becoming something like the mighty… Read more »

Colorado River Basin – Protecting the Flows

Drainage basin map of the Colorado River | Wikimedia Commons One of our nation’s, and the world’s, greatest natural treasures, the Colorado River carves a spectacular course through the heart of the American southwest. The management history of the Colorado River and its tributaries is a complex one, and as the age-old Western expression says,… Read more »

Most Endangered Rivers for 2014

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014 The annual America’s Most Endangered Rivers® report is a list of rivers at a crossroads, where key decisions in the coming months will determine the rivers’ fates. Over the years, the report has helped spur many successes including the removal of outdated dams, the protection of rivers with Wild… Read more »

Release the Rain Barrel!

Credit: Ipswich River Watershed Association Despite passing out of the Colorado House with bipartisan support, the popular legislation legalizing residential use of rain barrels in Colorado is currently being held hostage by Senate Agriculture, Natural Resources and Energy Committee Chairman, Jerry Sonnenberg. With only days left in the Colorado legislative session, the fate of the… Read more »

Experts available to comment on upcoming Colorado River Basin study

Washington, DC – Experts from American Rivers are available to comment on the upcoming release of a critical study by the Bureau of Reclamation examining water supply options in the Colorado River Basin.  The western water policy director of American Rivers, and the Colorado conservation director of American Rivers are both available for interviews about the study,… Read more »

The Last Wild River

Yampa River, CO at Dinosaur National Monument | Chris M. Morris A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to fly in a helicopter over the Yampa River, the last wild river in the Colorado River Basin courtesy of LightHawk; a fantastic organization that works with volunteer pilots to fly over priority conservation areas…. Read more »

Colorado River Basin Study Overview

Colorado River, AZ, CO, NV, UT faces low water levels at the Hoover Dam | vnvlain In December 2012, the Bureau of Reclamation released the Colorado River Basin Study, a comprehensive look at projected water shortages and outdated water management in a basin that the American west has drawn heavily on for decades. The study… Read more »

Upper Colorado River

America’s Most Endangered Rivers for 2014: Upper Colorado River Colorado Threat: Water diversions At Risk: River health and recreation Blue River, tributary of the Upper Colorado River, CO | © Spencer Blake The Upper Colorado River and its tributaries include some of the most heavily degraded rivers and some of the last truly healthy rivers… Read more »

Colorado Water Plan – The Importance of a New Tension

There is nothing more important for Colorado’s future than water. Given that, few things are more critical than the current effort to create a statewide Colorado Water Plan. In 2013, Governor Hickenlooper instructed the Colorado Water Conservation Board to conduct a two-year long planning process to develop a codified approach for how to manage our… Read more »