Colorado River Basin

NEWS
10:23 am
Tue September 23, 2014

Water Conservation Districts Plan For The Worst

Colorado River
Credit Joshua M via Flickr (CC-BY)

With monsoon season passing us, it might be easy to forget that Colorado and the entire Colorado River are in the middle of a long drought.  14 years long. 

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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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NEWS
8:20 am
Fri August 1, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, August 1, 2014

  Newscast

  • Drought hits Colorado River Basin hard
  • Sam Fuqua looks at the Colorado Water Plan
  • BLM officially sells lease to Bowie
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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NEWS
11:29 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Connecting The Drops: Water And Power

The Colorado River in Marble Canyon
Credit Joshua M via Flickr (CC-BY)

It takes water to produce electricity, but how much water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology.

In Colorado, around half a percent of our total water usage is used to generate electricity.

It’s a small percentage, says Stacy Tellinghusen, water policy analyst for Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit conservation group, but adds that it’s not inconsequential. 

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NEWS
10:18 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Hydropower on the Colorado River

The Shoshone hydroelectric powerplant holds the largest historic water right on the Colorado River.
Credit Maeve Conran

A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state.  Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players.  But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over one hundred years old.  It’s the Shoshone Generating Station, and it plays a critical role on the Upper Colorado.

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Local Newscast
8:24 am
Thu December 13, 2012

KVNF Local Newscast, Thursday, December 13, 2012

Headlines:

  • Colorado River Basin faces drastic water shortage
  • Montrose County names new Manager
  • Good Samaritans earn protections to clean up old mines
  • Weekly KVNF Sports Report