Colorado Water Plan

Colorado has a new head of the state's Department of Natural Resources. Appointed by Gov. John Hickenlooper, Bob Randall now gets the official nod as head of the organization that oversees everything from state parks and wildlife, to oil and gas drilling, mining and water conservation.

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015

Dec 16, 2015

  • Olathe Main Street improvement project wraps up
  • Telluride Foundation, Fort Lewis College receive grant for SW innovation corridor
  • Hickenlooper lobbies farmers to support state water plan
  • Longmont, Fort Collins fracking cases get their say in state’s highest court

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, Nov. 20, 2015

Nov 20, 2015

  • Montrose mental health center awarded $600K
  • Reward for information about area cattle killers
  • Health insurance meeting brings some answers, more questions
  • Water plan for state unveiled

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2015

Nov 4, 2015

  •  Three guns stolen from Grand Junction museum
  • BLM seeks comments on proposal to upgrade transmission line between Montrose, Dove Creek
  • Panel talks climate change for Western Slope farmers
  • Opposition to moving West Slope water east reiterated ahead of Water Plan finalization

KVNF Regional Newscast: Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2015

Sep 15, 2015

  • 14­-year-­old killed while hunting on Grand Mesa
  • Syphilis cases becoming more common in Colorado
  • Montrose County ordered to pay more than $750K in discrimination suit
  • Conference in Grand Junction looks to diversify coal economy of Western Slope
  • Statewide hearings look at Colorado’s new water plan
  • Severance tax distributed to communities, cuts expected next year
  • ACT scores dip in Colorado

KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015

Aug 6, 2015

  • Hotchkiss Fire Department Responds To Three Area Blazes
  • Traffic Stop In Mesa County Nets Large Drug Bust
  • Ophir Man Commits Suicide After Wrecking Vehicle
  • Norwood Cat Tests Positive For Plague, Dies
  • Felony DUI Law Goes Into Effect In Colorado
  • What’s Different About The Second Draft Of The Colorado Water Plan?

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, July 24, 2015

Jul 24, 2015


  • Mosquitoes Test Positive For West Nile In Mesa County
  • State Lawmakers Hold Water Meetings Across Colorado
  • Gunnison Man Sentenced For Damaging Federal Lands In Montrose
  • Event Celebrates Grand Mesa’s Moose Population

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Jul 8, 2015


  • KVNF Signal Restored In Lake City
  • GVT Bus Driver Won’t Face Charges In Toddler’s Death
  • Grand Junction City Council Addresses City Manager’s Resignation
  • Second Draft Of Colorado Water Plan Released
  • Private Funding For IUD Program Still in Limbo
  • Western Slope Nonprofit Offers Help With Critical Home Repair Loan Program
  • Rep. Hamner Discusses TABOR

Colorado has experienced massive population growth in the last few years, a that trend is projected to continue. Finding enough water to meet the demands of the booming Front Range has city planners closely looking at how new developments can be built with conservation as a key component.

"The 2040 forecast for Colorado is about 7.8 million people, increasing from about 5 million in 2010," said Elizabeth Garner, the state demographer. "How will we deal with it? Where will we put them? How will we provide water resources and other resources, whether it takes 20, 30, 40, 50 years to get there?"

Governor John Hickenlooper
Laura Palmisano / KVNF

On his tour of the Western Slope this week, Governor John Hickenlooper signed a bill to create a grant program to help communities fight invasive plants that threaten riparian areas in Colorado.

House Bill 1006 creates the Invasive Phreatophyte Grant Program.

Governor John Hickenlooper signed the bill at a ceremony in Montrose on Tuesday.

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In the 19th century, before Americans fully settled the West, some called it the Great American Desert. It wasn't considered fertile enough to develop.


KVNF Regional Newscast: Thursday, April 30, 2015

Apr 30, 2015


  • Telluride passes panhandling ordinance
  • DeBeque Town Marshall formally charged
  • Climate event to take place in Paonia
  • State water plan comment period to close tomorrow
  • State bill would fund programs to uproot invasive, thirsty plants

Gov. Hickenlooper's State of The State Address

Jan 21, 2015

Bellow is the full recording of the State of the State address given by Governor John Hickenlooper on January 15th. 

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, August 1, 2014

Aug 1, 2014


  • Drought hits Colorado River Basin hard
  • Sam Fuqua looks at the Colorado Water Plan
  • BLM officially sells lease to Bowie
Jeri Mattics Omernik/Valley Food Partnership

The 2nd Annual Western Slope Colorado Food & Farm Forum is coming up on Saturday, January 11th at the Montrose Pavilion. The conference brings together farmers, ranchers and others in the ag industry for conversations about sustainability, food production and marketing. 

For some details about the conference and this year's main theme of "Making Every Drop Count," we spoke to Carol Parker, President of the Valley Food Partnership based in Montrose.

On Sunday, September 15, KVNF will broadcast a live statewide call-in show focusing on the Colorado River. 

Wolfgang Staudt via Flickr (CC BY)

In May, as the drought lingered for yet another year, Governor John Hickenlooper issued an executive order to the Colorado Water Conservation Board, calling for a new Colorado Water Plan “that will support agriculture in rural Colorado and align state policy to the state’s water values.” Hickenlooper also paid tribute to Colorado’s historic water law, which claims first in time, first in right.