Colorado River

ENVIRONMENT
1:46 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Water Managers Discuss Drought And The Colorado River

The Colorado River fills Lake Powell and Lake Mead. A discussion about drought and the Colorado River took place at a conference in Snowmass Village last week.

Originally published on Tue August 26, 2014 11:55 am

NOTE: In the on-air version of this story we incorrectly stated the date of a U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announcement about Colorado River cut-backs to lower basin states. That announcement happened in 2013, not this year. (8/26/14)

The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation announced this month water releases from Lake Powell to Lake Mead will increase next year, after historically low releases in 2014. Lake Mead has reached record low levels this summer. The Colorado River supplies these large reservoirs. At a water conference in Snowmass Village last week, drought and the Colorado River were discussed. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

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ENVIRONMENT
3:57 pm
Fri August 1, 2014

Feds, Western Water Providers To Fund Colorado River Conservation Projects

Lake Mead is the the nation's largest reservoir.
Credit U.S. Geological Survey

The federal government and municipal water providers in four Western states have reached an agreement to fund Colorado River conservation projects. 

The $11 million deal was announced Thursday. Municipal water providers in Arizona, California, Nevada and Colorado and the Bureau of Reclamation have agreed to fund projects to conserve Colorado River water.

Denver Water CEO Jim Lockhead said Denver is one of the four municipalities participating in the program.

Lockhead said half of Denver’s water supply comes from the Colorado River. 

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ENVIRONMENT
1:46 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Drought-Stricken Colorado River Basin Drying Up Quicker Than Thought

The North Fork of the Gunnison River feeds into the Gunnison River, a tributary of the Colorado River, which supplies drinking water to millions of people in the West.

The drought-stricken Colorado River Basin is drying up faster than was thought, according to a recent study. 

NASA and the University of California, Irvine used satellite data gathered over a nine year period to track changes in the mass of the Colorado River Basin that has been experiencing severe drought since 2000.    

The scientists looked at monthly measurements between December 2004 and November 2013. They found the basin lost nearly 53 million acre feet of freshwater, that's nearly double the volume of Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, during that period. The study said about 41 million acre feet of that lost water was groundwater.  

The basin provides water to millions of people in seven Western states: Wyoming, Utah, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. It also supplies water to roughly four million acres of farmland. 

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ENVIRONMENT
10:39 am
Tue July 15, 2014

Well, I'll Be Un-Dammed: Colorado River (Briefly) Reached The Sea

Twelve hours after they had halted at the river's end, the team woke up to see that the previous night's small stream had become a river. Two weeks after this photo was taken, the leading edge of the water reached the estuary that was the river's final destination.
Courtesy Fred Phillips

Originally published on Sun July 13, 2014 9:20 am

For a few weeks this spring, the Colorado River flowed all the way to the sea for the first time in a half a century. And during that window of opportunity, writer Rowan Jacobsen took the paddleboarding trip of a lifetime.

The river starts in the Rocky Mountains, and for more than 1,400 miles, it wends its way south. Along the way it's dammed and diverted dozens of times, to cities and fields all over the American West. Tens of millions of people depend on the river as a water source.

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ENVIRONMENT
12:47 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Big Water Boosts Flows For Whitewater Rafters

A surfer rides the Colorado River at the Glenwood Springs Wave Park. Rivers are high due to a big mountain snowpack.

Originally published on Thu June 5, 2014 11:42 am

This winter’s mega snowpack in the mountains is melting and filling reservoirs and rivers around the state. For whitewater rafting companies the big flows are good for thrills. But, some stretches are river are too full to float. Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen reports.

Longtime rafting guide Bob Morse is giving his safety spiel to a small group preparing to board a bright yellow raft. For some, it’s their first time rafting.

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NEWS
8:29 am
Thu August 29, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Friday, August 29, 2013

  • Grand Junction Night Club Dancers Sue Over Employment Status
  • Colorado River Official Says Upper River Basin Not Threatened in the Short-Term
  • Money Begins Flowing Into Colorado Recall Races
  • Commercial Marijuana Opponents Pack Hall at Paonia Town Council Meeting
  • City of Delta Finalizes Ban on Commercial Marijuana
  • Labor and Business Communities Support Taxes on Commercial Marijuana
  • First West Nile death of 2013 Reported in Colorado
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NEWS
8:18 am
Thu August 22, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast Thursday, August 22, 2013

  • Governors Say Public-Private Partnerships Can Protect Lesser Prairie chicken
  • Coloradans Consuming More Energy, Spending Less
  • Arch Coal Foundation Announces More Grants for Delta County Teachers
  • Victim of Montrose Shooting Cited with False Reporting to Authorities
  • Water Officials Say Shortages Could Pose Problems by 2021
  • Grand Mesa Parking Lot Gets Upgrade after January Deaths
  • Pot Now a Petty Offense in Grand Junction
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Local Newscast
9:09 am
Wed July 17, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Wednesday, July 17, 2013.

Headlines:

  • Anti-fracking Protestors Gather at Democratic Governors’ Association Meeting in Aspen
  • Mark Udall Calls Senate Hearing on Predicted Colorado River Shortages
  • State Audit Committee Seeking Answers from Federal Broadband Project
  • Director of Colorado Parks and Wildlife Joins Vails Resort Company
  • US Fish and Wildlife Gives More Time for Decision on Protecting Birds
  • Flour Milling Company to Make its Headquarters in Colorado
iSeeChange
8:15 am
Mon June 17, 2013

iSeeChange: Making Every Drop Count

The Colorado RIver
Credit jessstryker.com

The consensus on iSeeChange last week was…it’s hot! Too hot for this time of year. Too hot and too dry. If climate change experts are right, this will only get worse. KVNF’s Marty Durlin spoke to Dave Kanzer, senior water resources engineer for the Colorado River Conservation District, about the effects of a hotter, dryer world.

 

The biggest part of Dave Kanzer’s job is to help us conserve water – a job that only gets bigger as the drying effects of climate change are felt across the Colorado River basin.

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Local Newscast
9:01 am
Fri May 31, 2013

KVNF Local Newscast: Friday, May 31, 2013

Headlines:

  • Colorado River Users and Managers Face Shortfalls
  • Uranium Lease Comment Period Extended to July 1
  • Hotchkiss Council Expresses Doubts about North Fork Alternative Plan
  • Denver post reports that Colorado new vehicle registrations up 16 percent in 2013

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