Who Can Stop the Rain?

Rain barrels help connect us to water | Ipswich River Watershed Association Did you know that capturing rainwater off your roof for gardening is still illegal in the state of Colorado? It sounds silly, but a few years ago a family in rural San Miguel County sought to collect rainwater from their roof for their… Read more »

5 Reasons We Need to Fight for the Grand Canyon…Again

Millions of Americans, and citizens from around the globe, recognize the Grand Canyon as one of the most iconic landscapes on the planet. Hundreds of millions of people have gazed into its depths, mouths agape, wondering how a place as stunning and spectacular as this could even exist, not to mention how it was created…. Read more »

Can the Colorado Water Plan work?

Fishing the Upper Colorado | Sinjin Eberle In a recent 5280 magazine article, Kate Siber asked, “Can a Water Plan Actually Work”? At times she came close, but never really answered her own question. The answer is a solid “it all depends”. The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) Director James Ecklund and his staff have put… 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 »

My first visit to an amazing natural paradise

The year was 2006 – I was living in downtown Denver – the rocky mountain megalopolis that is the Colorado Front Range. As the Vice President of Colorado Trout Unlimited (the state Council affiliated with the national organization, Trout Unlimited), I had the opportunity to travel, camp, and fly-fish all across the state and experience… Read more »

Planning for growth – respect or diminish Colorado’s rivers?

Upper Colorado | Ken Neubecker Governor Hickenlooper recently received the initial draft of the Colorado Water Plan.  This “plan” has been in the making since the drought year of 2002, and it’s not over yet.  Work on the Plan, including public input, will continue through the coming year, with the Final version due to the… Read more »

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Wants to Protect Arctic Refuge Wild Rivers

Hulahula River, Alaska | © Judith Slein (flickr) This week the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommended designating 278 miles of four major wild rivers in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge in Alaska, the Atigun, Marsh Fork of the Canning, the Kongakut and, the Hulahula, as Wild and Scenic Rivers.  The agency found six additional… Read more »

72 Dams removed in 2014

Download the 2014 Dam Removals list [PDF] Download a comprehensive list of dams removed 1998-2014 [PDF] Explore the interactive map of all dam removals (Washington) — Communities in 19 states, working in partnership with non-profit organizations and state and federal agencies, removed 72 dams in 2014, restoring more than 730 miles of streams for the… Read more »

The Colorado River Initiative: Spencer’s Cabin

Credit – Toby Sprunk A float trip on the Upper Colorado is an amazing experience – whether you are an angler plying for hungry trout or a rafter out on a summer day with a group of friends, the stretch from State Bridge to Dotsero in central Colorado is an adventure you will never forget…. Read more »

American Rivers And Google Maps Launch Yampa River Street View

Washington, DC – Colorado’s Yampa River is the focus of a new Google Maps Street View project launched today in partnership with American Rivers. The imagery showcases the stunning scenery of the Yampa River through Dinosaur National Monument in Northwestern Colorado. The Yampa is one of the last wild rivers in the Colorado River Basin, and is an… Read more »