H2O Radio

Reporting about water issues can, all too often, be painfully dry. H2O Radio is a refreshing exception and a vital fount of information about our most precious resource.

Frani Halperin and Jamie Sudler bring a rare mix of technical understanding, policy context and humanity to their coverage.

Their stories are comprehensive and exquisitely woven. As global water supplies wane and water quality is threatened, we need H2O Radio to tell the stories no other outlet is covering.

Susan Greene,
Editor, The Colorado Independent

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Trees—they're just like us. They sleep, they drink—and they even have a pulse. The latest research can also tell us about whether they're stressed out. H2O Radio reports...

The managers of the Central Arizona Project are being accused of gaming the system to draw more water out of the Colorado River instead of conserving as much as possible. The action threatens the trust and cooperation that has existed along the river and has Upper Basin leaders crying foul. H2O Radio Reports.

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"Dryland" farmers on the high plains of Colorado grow their crops with whatever falls from the sky—no irrigation, no pumped groundwater—just what Mother Nature delivers. In recent years some have been trying to innovate to protect their soils and conserve water. But they're getting pushback—not only from their neighbors and their own families—but also from the government. H2O Radio has the story.

As the snowpack and moisture in the Colorado River Basin show large areas of moderate to extreme drought, some are wondering if the term “drought” is misleading people into thinking it’s a temporary situation. Do we need a new vocabulary to describe conditions in the West? H2O Radio reports.

Dr. Jeffrey Deems

 


A new study is challenging the conventional wisdom about spring runoff in Colorado. A dirty little secret about how fast rivers will rise as the snowpack melts, that has little to do with temperature. H2O Radio has the story.

Frani Halperin, H2O Media, Ltd.

Here in the West, we rely on snowpack for much of our water. More snow means more runoff into rivers like the Colorado, which provides drinking water for people in seven western states and Mexico. But, as the climate warms there could be less snow. Now, cities, counties, water districts—and even ski areas—are participating in a little-known program to try to get more snowflakes out of every winter storm. H2O Radio has the story.

Frani Halperin, H2O Media, Ltd.

Glenn and Kim Schryver are the caretakers of Grizzly Reservoir, just east of Aspen. Their job is to maintain the reservoir and the creeks that flow into it, as well as the 4-mile tunnel that sends the water east to the Front Range. Setting aside the heated politics of moving resources from one basin to another, the tunnel is an engineering triumph—and for many months of the year, the couple's only link to civilization. H2O Radio has their story.

Brendon Rockey

It’s harvest time for much of the country and also a time to plan for the season ahead. For a growing number of farmers, that will mean returning to their roots in an effort to conserve water, skip pesticides, and build healthier soils. It's a biological revolution that's yielding some eye-popping results. H2O Radio reports.

Wolf Perry, H20 Media, LTD.

The American pika are small, cute mammals that live in broken rock habitats or talus fields high in the mountains above treeline. Adorable as they are, these critters might have a serious story to tell about the impacts of climate change. Research is showing a correlation between the loss of ice and permafrost under the talus, and the disappearance of the animals. As temperatures rise, where pika live could indicate the health of a watershed—and foretell our future water supply. For H20 Radio, Frani Halperin and Jamie Sudler report.

Little Ditch. Big Deal.

Sep 19, 2016
State of Colorado

Living off the grid in Colorado's vast San Luis Valley, Chuck and Barbara Tidd needed to find a source of energy to supplement their solar panels. Their solution to use a creek on their property to generate power led to a legal battle that went all the way to the Colorado Supreme Court — where they won. That decision worries some who say the Tidd’s new right could upend water law that goes back 150 years. Frani Halperin and Jamie Sudler of H2O Radio report.