The goal of the Youth Water Leadership Program is not only to increase students’ knowledge of their local watershed and Colorado River issues, but also to create student-driven, call-to-action projects.
Some in Western Slope agriculture worry that Front Range water providers, backed by a reliable pot of money from their rate-paying customers, can simply pay ranchers to fallow fields without having to reduce their own water consumption.
“Here you have two terrifying holes,” said Kirk Baker, a local expert kayaker. “You should not have to go around. You should be able to go through.”
Taxes on gambling revenue will be given to the Colorado Water Conservation Board to fund a long list of water and river projects.
The historic drought late in the summer of 2018 illustrated some long-acknowledged problems with water rights on the Crystal.
“As the past becomes less of a good guide to the future, we really need to know in greater precision and accuracy what the current state of the snowpack is,” Deems said.
Water managers want to ensure that a demand-management program would spread the burden across different user groups and basins in the name of fairness. But that conflicts with the requirement that participation in any program be voluntary.
By replacing the meters, the city estimates it would save about 50 acre-feet of water per year.
The summer of 2018’s historic drought illustrated a vulnerability in Carbondale’s water supply that surprised local officials.
Researchers are trying to figure out why local populations of mountain goats are thriving while populations of another high-alpine animal — bighorn sheep — have been declining.