Connecting the Drops

NEWS
8:13 am
Wed August 27, 2014

KVNF Regional Newscast: Wednesday, August 27, 2014

  Newscast

  • Report released about fiscal health of Colorado’s schools
  • Police shootings in Grand Junction and Montrose
  • Connection The Drops looks at rafters and conservationists teaming up
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
12:10 pm
Fri December 6, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Statewide Call-In Show on the Colorado River

Connecting the Drops is a collaboration between KDNK, KRCC, KGNU and the Colorado Foundation for Water Education. You can find out more at yourwatercolorado.org

On September 15th, KVNF presented a statewide call-in show on the Colorado River, looking at water issues and the future of the Colorado River. 

The program is a part of the year-long collaborative reporting series Connecting the Drops, and is hosted by KDNK in Carbondale, KRCC in Colorado Springs and KGNU in Boulder. 

Guests on the program include Taylor Hawes, a Nature Conservancy program director (who testified before a Senate committee on the Colorado River), Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River District, and a representative from Colorado Springs Utility.

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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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NEWS
9:03 am
Fri December 6, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, December 6, 2013

Headlines

  • US Forest Service Unveils Plan for Forest Recovery
  • More Snow Possible for Western Colorado
  • Connecting the Drops - Hydropower on the Colorado River
  • Coloradans Enrolling in New Health Exchange in Higher Numbers
NEWS
8:58 am
Fri October 18, 2013

KVNF Regional Newscast: Friday, October 18, 2013

Headlines

  • Heather Jensen Will Stand Trial in Grand Junction
  • Water Conflicts Escalating between Agriculture and Growing Colorado Cities
  • Aspen Medical Marijuana Dispensary Gears Up for Retail Sales
  • Colorado Oil and Gas Association Donates Over $604,000 to Pro-Fracking Campaigns
  • KVNF Sports Report
NEWS
8:15 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Connecting the Drops: "Buy and Dry"

Caryle Currier, a 4th Generation farmer in Mesa County. He leases land that had been bought by a local water authority. The land didn't dry out because Currier has other water rights he can use on the land. That case is the exception.
Maeve Conran

Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West, but in recent years the conflict between agriculture and growing cities has escalated as both entities compete for this limited resource.

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NEWS
12:09 pm
Fri September 13, 2013

The Mighty Colorado Statewide Call-In Show This Sunday

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

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NEWS
9:23 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Rethinking Reservoirs

Maeve Conran

All around Colorado new collaborations are emerging around water storage and water use.  Partnerships with reservoirs are turning out to be key in terms of environmental stewardship, river protection, and healthy communities that rely on water.  As part of the year long series Connecting the Drops, KGNUs Maeve Conran looks at some of these collaborations that have produced tangible results.

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NEWS
11:40 am
Fri July 26, 2013

Connecting the Drops: Water Shortages in the San Luis Valley

Karla Shriver standing by one of the many pivot sprinkler systems that she uses to irrigate her approximately 1,000 acres of potatoes, small grains, and hay on her farm, just north of Alamosa, Colorado
Maeve Conran

In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought.  Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado.  Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU’s Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.  

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