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“Failure is not an option” in negotiations over long-term usage cuts, federal official says By ELISE SCHMELZER |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  | The Denver Post PUBLISHED: March 7, 2024 at 6:00 a.m. | UPDATED: March 7, 2024 at 6:03 a.m.   Negotiators for the s...
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WILDCAT LOADOUT EXPANSION Project raises new alarms of oil along Colorado River   This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. A proposed railway project that would bring a surge in the amount of oil transported along the Colorado River is on hold, but Colorado communities and lawmakers are now concerned abou...
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           By Kevin McGill and Stephen Smith The Associated Press NEW ORLEANS>> The heating element removed from Monique Plaisance’s water heater in September was disintegrating, streaked with rust and covered in a dry crust. She blamed the corrosion on the wa...
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         The short-term crisis averted; here’s what’s at stake in negotiations for its long-term future  By Elise Schmelzer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. An immediate crisis on the Colorado River has been averted, but negotiators now must turn their attention to the next pro...
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    By Jesse Bedayn The Associated Press/ Report for America Utah officials have pushed the Great Salt Lake to the brink of an ecological collapse because they allowed upstream water to be diverted for decades to farmers growing alfalfa, hay and other crops, according to a lawsuit file...
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Biggest reservoirs at just 36% capacity; negotiators race toward long-term fix   By Elise Schmelzer This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Federal officials on Tuesday temporarily eased Colorado River water use restrictions due to a “lucky” year of increased precipitation, but drought and overuse remain a...
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 The Denver Post Editorial  Running along Colorado’s western border with Utah is a secret ecosystem on the edge of a vast desert landscape. Red sandstone rocks give way to lush cottonwood valleys, endless plateaus are covered with ancient piñon pines and aspen groves that shelter elk and ...
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    Trillions of gallons lost annually By Seth Borenstein The Associated Press WASHINGTON>> Climate change’s hotter temperatures and society’s diversion of water have been shrinking the world’s lakes by trillions of gallons of water a year since the early 1990s, a new study find...
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By Conrad Swanson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Billions of gallons of water are rushing this week out of the Blue Mesa Reservoir on Colorado’s Western Slope, through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison and ultimately into the Colorado River. For the first time in a few years, Colorado has had enough wate...
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  The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, Ariz.>> Six Western states that rely on water from the Colorado River have agreed on a model to dramatically cut their use, months after the federal government called for action and an initial deadline passed. California — with the largest allocation o...
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  Can the West’s lifeline be saved? Experts offer eight possible solutions, from desalination to cloud seeding and growth management  By Conrad Swanson This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Conditions on the drying Colorado River are worsening faster than expected. States can’t agree on how to divide ...
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BOULDER CO By Amy Bounds Daily Camera Fourth-graders at Boulder’s Columbine Elementary have a lot to say about flood mitigation for Goose Creek, which runs through the neighborhood near the school. They’re giving presentations this week after partnering with Growing Up Boulder, Classrooms for Cl...
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  By Gillian Flaccus The Associated Press PORTLAND, ORE.>> U.S. regulators approved a plan Thursday to demolish four dams on a California river and open up hundreds of miles of salmon habitat that would be the largest dam removal and river restoration project in the world whe...
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By Becca Lawton Writers on the Range An old river-running motto says, “Old boaters never die, they just get a little dinghy.” And some never lose their passion for keeping rivers wild. Consider California’s Stanislaus River. In the 1970s, people of all ages and abilities reveled in running its 13...
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ENVIRONMENT Drought snarls river transit By Michael Phillis, Jim Salter and Jeff Roberson The Associated Press ALONG THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER>> Adam Thomas starts harvesting soybeans on his Illinois farm when the dew burns off in the morning. This year, dry weather accelerated the work, allow...
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By Felicia Fonseca and Kathleen Ronayne The Associated Press FLAGSTAFF, ARIZ.» The Interior Department announced Friday that it will consider revising a set of guidelines for operating two major dams on the Colorado River in the first sign of what could lead to federal action to protect the once-m...
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Michael Hirtzer and Diego Lasarte Bloomberg The logjam of thousands of barges and boats backed up along the Mississippi River because of extremely low water levels showed some signs of easing Monday. The U.S. Coast Guard said an entire queue of vessels that was stuck at Stack Island after ships s...
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Federal deadline passes without a deal to cut water use; what now? By Conrad Swanson The Denver Post Trillions of gallons of water must be saved from the drying Colorado River to avoid the worst-case scenario brought on by drought, climate change and overuse, federal officials announced this summe...
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By Lindsay Whitehurst The Associated Press SALT LAKE CITY » The largest natural lake west of the Mississippi is shrinking past its lowest levels in recorded history, raising fears about toxic dust, ecological collapse and economic consequences. But the Great Salt Lake may have some new a...
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Fisherman, 80, notches victory in legal battle against AG and landowners By Bruce Finley The Denver Post Colorado’s Court of Appeals has cleared the way for 80-year-old fisherman Roger Hill to fight for his right to fish in peace on his favorite stretch of the Arkansas River as it flows down from...
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