While it is not always clear whether a wetland has a direct surface connection to a qualifying stream, experts say the decision removed federal protections from at least half of Colorado’s wetlands.
The EPA is authorized to address elevated metals concentrations only from human-caused sources, not contamination from natural sources.
Up until now, developers have been able to continue to install grass that municipalities would later incentivize to remove.
Some residents of the Crystal Valley, along with Pitkin County, have long been proponents of a Wild & Scenic designation. But others, wary of any federal involvement, have balked at the idea.
At the River District’s quarterly meeting, held Wednesday, Ris talked with board members about two water conservation programs, both of which have long been contentious and critical issues for the district.
Water managers are talking tools for drought, a new conservation study, a fish kill in Aspen and reconsidering provisions laid out in a 75-year-old document that makes up the law of the river. Let’s get into the details. Thank you for reading and supporting this nonprofit, community-funded journalism. — Heather SackettManaging Editor and Water Desk […]
If the soil treatment techniques work and are able to be scaled up, they could be part of the solution for drought-stressed crops and ranchers throughout the state.
Finding creative arrangements with irrigators to boost streamflows on the Crystal during dry periods has long been a desire of some Healthy Rivers board members.
This week, Aspen Journalism reports on the Sept. 21 decision by Colorado River managers to continue a water conservation program originally designed to protect critical elevations in the nation’s two largest reservoirs.
The Upper Colorado River Commission decided unanimously to continue the federally funded System Conservation Program in 2024 — but with a narrower scope that explores demand management concepts and supports innovation and local drought resiliency on a longer-term basis.