"McPhee Reservoir managers said targeted releases are between 1,000 and 1,200 cubic feet per second, but may vary between 800 cfs and 1,500 cfs."
Source: The Durango Herald
"The goal of the study is to improve water quality, recreational opportunities, riparian habitat, and the overall health of the river and surrounding ecosystem."
Although Native Americans were no doubt paddling stretches of this stream for centuries, John Wesley Powell was the first Western explorer to run the Green’s rapids.
Michel Martin traveled to Fort Collins, Colo. to talk with Kathleen Curry, Patty Limerick, Roger Fragua and Paolo Bacigalupi about owning water and dealing with a future where water may be scarce.
Source: KPBS Public Media
In 1985 the city of Thornton, Colo. bought up nearby farmland and water rights from its farms. Now, some of those farms are drying up.
The problem lies in riparian areas, the natural buffer that should prevent stormwater from running directly into the creek. In undeveloped areas, stormwater soaks into the ground first before hitting the creek, but in areas with mowed or paved surfaces along the creek, stormwater has a direct path into the stream.
Source: The VailDaily
The water in the sag pond passed the 20-foot depth mark and the question isn’t so much whether it grows higher, but whether it suddenly falls ...
"Permits allow access as far to the east as New Castle and a considerable length of De Beque Canyon to the west."
"Green Mountain is expected to fill around July 10, and Ruedi is expected to fill around July 15."
Source: The Post Independent
"The real elephant in the room, however, is the prospect of a lasting shortage in Colorado River water supply."
"It's hard to imagine, with the pre-snow season bustle, that one day Queenstown and Wanaka could be almost devoid of locals. But after a recent fact-finding trip to Aspen, Queenstown Lakes district councillor Alexa Forbes says the two tourist spots could be on that path."
Ultimately the decision to drain Lake Powell — or perhaps to forgo any of the other new dam and water projects now in the works on the river — comes down to a question of whether the seven states and Mexico that share the Colorado river really need the water badly enough.