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Studies tackle water-replacement options for shortages on Crystal River

Drought conditions stress water supplies for Marble, Crystal valley residents

A parallel study, undertaken by the River District and environmental-and-recreation advocacy group American Rivers, is looking at nature-based solutions. The idea is that by keeping water on the landscape higher in the basin, it could recharge aquifers and boost river flows in late summer.


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Data dashboard: Basin snowpack is 106% of average as temperatures chill

Lake Powell’s elevation reached 3,528.2 feet, or 3.2 feet above target threshold

• Snowpack at Indy Pass reached nearly 77% of average on Nov. 27, while McClure Pass was at 140% of average. • The Fork ran at 103% of average below Maroon Creek and at 51% of average at Stillwater on Nov. 27. • High air temperatures reached 46°F on Nov. 22, while low temperatures got as low as 3°F on Nov. 19.

EVENT: From Whiteout to wind-blown: A tale of two counties across America’s great divide

Cheap Land Colorado author Ted Conover in conversation with Aspen Journalism. The conversation at the Albright Pavilion with Aspen Journalism Editor and Executive Director Curtis Wackerle will center on a tale of two counties — Pitkin and Costilla in the San Luis Valley — geographically close but at seemingly opposite ends of the great American divide. Capacity is limited for the free event, so please RSVP here by Dec. 23.

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Across the Western Slope, pandemic attitudes and responses varied from county to county

Challenges included dealing with a transient community, staffing issues and public angst

Looking at these past 2½ years, a lot has changed regarding what we know about the virus, variants, testing, vaccines and treatment options. Some of the public health policies put in place didn’t always make sense or they felt wrong to some people in these communities. But in those early days, they felt they were doing the best they could with the information they had.

2022 Colorado Press Association Awards

FIRST PLACE: Best Agriculture Story

Kremmling bird count studies how birds use irrigated agriculture

Tradeoffs loom if conserved water leaves fields dry

As the state of Colorado grapples with whether to implement a demand-management program, which would pay irrigators to temporarily dry up fields in an effort to send more water downstream, there could be unintended consequences for the animals that use irrigated agriculture for their habitat.

FIRST PLACE: Best Business News/Feature Story

FIRST PLACE: Best Environmental Story



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