KDNK Community Radio and Aspen Public Radio teamed up to bring listeners this in-depth series looking at the threats to the region's water. Reporters from the two stations examined how population growth, climate change, the loss of agricultural land, developments and the energy industry all put strains on Colorado's limited resource. The demands on water that impact states like Arizona and California are moving upstream and are just decades away in Colorado.
The series is underwritten by the Colorado River District. This series is also brought to you by the Aspen Thrift Shop in collaboration with the Manaus Fund.
Bente Birkeland, Mathew Katz, Marci Krivonen, Mitzi Rapkin, Steve Skinner, Kristina Tabor and Conrad Wilson.
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Most of the state's population lives along the Front Range. But 80 percent of the water falls on the Western Slope. That means a lot of the water is diverted under the Continental Divide.
This year's high water in Colorado provided ecological benefits to the state's rivers, but some ran nearly dry because of diversions to the Front Range.
Brent Gardner-Smith of Aspen Journalism has more
There's certainly an emotional connection to water, especially moving rivers. As Part 9 of our Water in the West series, KDNK's Steve Skinner looks at why we love water and the art it has inspired.
Ask around and you'll find out that water rights can bring up passionate, and even angry stories. But folks who don't have to deal with them may be confused by what they actually are. Today our series, Water in the West, continues as KDNK's Mathew Katz has this explanation of one of Colorado's most complicated laws.
Extracting oil from oil shale takes a lot of water. And to complicate the matter, most of the oil shale in the US is in places where there's not a lot of available water - like right here in Western Colorado.
As part of our collaborative series, Water in the West, KDNK's Conrad Wilson looks at how water scarcity may be impacting the push for oil shale.
For the first time in state history one of the most powerful water organizations in Colorado is proposing a statewide plan to address water needs. Some of the recommendations include water efficiency standards and aggressive conservation measures. Experts say the cost of inaction is dire, but many of the changes require legislation that may not be popular politically. As part of our collaborative series Water in the West, KDNK's Bente Birkeland explores the next steps for state-wide water planning.
One way to get water to where it's needed is to take it through a series of tunnels called transmountain diversions. There are 24 major tunnels that carry water under the Continental Divide, from Western Colorado to the more populated East slope.
In story five of our series, Water in the West, Aspen Public Radio's Marci Krivonen examines why some on the Western slope fear front range interestes could divert more water in the future.
With population growth set to continue in Colorado and in the Roaring Fork Valley, new houses and buildings are putting an increasing demand on our water system. But development could have other side effects on the amount of water we have in our rivers.
As part of our collaborative series, Water in the West, Aspen Public Radio's Kristina Tabor and KDNK's Mathew Katz took a look at how housing developments could affect our water for years to come.
Today, we have the third part in our series, Water in the West, a collaborative news project with Aspen Public Radio. So far, we've considered the water system as a whole. Today and tomorrow, we'll be focusing on the Roaring Fork Watershed and how development in the region has affected water quality and quantity.
This morning: the impacts of home building on a river's ecosystem. These stories are jointly reported by KDNK's Mathew Katz and Aspen Public Radio's Kristina Tabor.
The Colorado River is known as the ‘life-blood of the West.' But rapid growth is drawing down the River. All the state's that rely on the River want more water, but Colorado is one of those that's actually entitled to more.
As part two of our series, Water in the West, KDNK's Conrad Wilson tried to measure just how much of the Colorado River the state is able to claim as its own.
This is an in-depth series, produced by KDNK and Aspen Public Radio, called Water in the West. It looks at water: a growing problem we'll be forced to deal with in the coming years. Conrad Wilson, from KDNK, and Mitzi Rapkin, from Aspen Public Radio are here with an overview of the series.