Jim Harvey's soon-to-be-finished feature documentary, The Great Divide, aims to tell the tangled story of water in Colorado -- a subject as vast as the state and the eight states that Colorado supplies water to. He's looking at the acequias (ditch irrigation systems) in the San Luis Valley, the expo ... More >>
Don't wash your jeans. When Levi's CEO Chip Burgh dropped that piece of advice last May, he wasn't just talking about preserving your denim. Lots of water is used in the production of your new 501s, a fact that brings home the day-to-day impact our choices have on how water is used -- and how much o ... More >>
The Blue Rider
Despite a majority of the state voting to make marijuana legal for medicinal and recreational use, there are still Coloradans who do not want to see the plant manufactured or used in their vicinity. As a result, a multitude of cities have placed bans on medicinal and recreational businesses, but las ... More >>
Earlier this year, Marion Street Tattoo was officially certified as a green business by the Denver Department of Environmental Health. The only tattoo shop in the city to currently hold the title, the business hopes to set an example for other tattoo shops. Owner and artist Ryan Willard and says he ... More >>
When you're battling an institution as powerful as Denver Water, it's best to have the will of the people, or at least a lot of average joes, on your side. Environmental groups trying to protect the Upper Colorado River basin from massive diversion projects that benefit Front Range development seem ... More >>
Prolonged drought and a rising population have put the squeeze on Western Slope water supplies. But Colorado River activists have something to celebrate in their long battle with Front Range development interests -- a hard-won agreement that will help limit the impact of the Windy Gap Firming Projec ... More >>
Basalt-based photographer/filmmaker Pete McBride is offering a sneak peek at his new film The Water Tower today, with the unveiling of a teaser trailer for his documentary that follows Golden-based climber Jake Norton's Challenge 21 team to Mt. Kenya and its vanishing glaciers. See also: - Chasing ... More >>
Metropolitan State College of Denver is hosting a dedication ceremony this afternoon that will showcase its newest monument: a 12-foot-high, 8-foot-deep, 10-foot-wide,1.5 ton water sculpture designed by artist Rik Sargent, and dedicated to Metro's One World, One Water Center for Urban Water and Educ ... More >>
Yesterday, amid an unusually genial gathering of environmental and energy leaders, Governor John Hickenlooper unveiled new state rules requiring detailed disclosure of the chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing (or "fracking") methods of drilling for oil and gas -- a major step toward transpa ... More >>
An anonymous donor has given $1 million to Metropolitan State College of Denver to launch a water education program with the best name ever: the OWOW Center, which is short for the One World, One Water Center for Urban Water Education and Stewardship. Starting in fall 2012, Metro will offer a minor ... More >>
Hydraulic fracturing, or "fracking" -- pumping massive amounts of water mixed with toxic chemicals into tight formations to extract oil and gas -- remains a sore subject among environmentalists, neighbors of drilling rigs and some lawmakers, even as energy industry boosters insist it's safe. ... More >>
"Gasland"Representatives Diane DeGette and Jared Polis are taking another run at tightening federal regulations on hydraulic fracturing, a natural gas drilling technique also known as fracking. Introduced this week by the Colorado twosome and fellow Democratic rep Maurice Hinchey from New Yor ... More >>
Last week, we reported on the anticipated demand for costly water diversion projects by 2050 -- and the conservation strategy proposed in Filling the Gap, a timely report from environmental groups. Unfortunately, most Denver residents won't read the report; most of them don't have a clue wher ... More >>
A Flickr photoNot okay. You know what's gross? Poop. You know what's even grosser? Poop in your water. How to prevent that from happening will be the subject of an outdoorsy conference at the American Alpine Club in Golden this weekend. The conference is cleverly titled Exit Strategies -- as ... More >>
Scott McInnis speaking up.The plagiarism controversy plaguing Scott McInnis is only getting uglier, and his awkward attempts to make it go away are doing nothing thus far to tidy up the mess. The problem is exacerbated by both substance and style. McInnis's official statement on the issue -- ... More >>
"Mostly snow melt!"The blogosphere has been abuzz of late about the news that gubernatorial candidate Scott McInnis picked up a $300,000 paycheck as a two-year fellow at the Hasan Family Foundation, mainly for writing a series of eye-glazing articles about Colorado water issues. Political jun ... More >>
Million's lined up users for his pipe dream.As we noted in a November feature, Fort Collins entrepreneur Aaron Million plans to solve some of Colorado's water woes courtesy of a 550-mile pipeline that would pump water from the Green River in Wyoming to thirsty water users along the Front Rang ... More >>
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Denver Parks + Recreation
Someone's stealing Otero County's water. Who it is depends on where you live.
Where it's always showtime
Whose glass is half full?
Skeptics say dowsers are all wet. But Greg Storozuk believes.
A bold plan to bring downtown to the suburbs takes root in Lone Tree. Just add water.
South Platte River trail
As the South Platte flows out of Colorado, the water wars continue.
Out on the plains, water is Colorado's most liquid asset.
Even in the best of times, farmers and developers fight for Colorado's water. And this summer's drought is far from the best of times.
As spring melts into summer, water users along the St. Vrain could find themselves up the creek.
Bon Carbo residents are still fighting for their right to clean water.
Gary Boyce's ballot initiatives went under, but he'll most likely resurface.
When Gary Antonoff set up his own private government, the town of Lochbuie got soaked.
An old-time water dispute gets pumped up along Sixth Avenue.
A secret memo reveals a new compromise on the controversial Animas-La Plata Water Project.
The Hopi want one of the largest coal mines in North America to stop using their groundwater. If springs and wells dry up, their ancient culture may disappear.
A new proposal could leave Animas-La Plata proponents high and dry.
The thirsty suburb's plan to pump water from a big aquifer rouses Park Countians to action.
The Animas-La Plata project is supposed to fulfill the government's promise to Colorado Utes. But tribal opponents worry it will leave the reservations high and dry.
Diamond Shamrock's pipeline isn't built yet, but it's already brought a flammable mixture to Elbert County politics.
Douglas County's lawmakers jump to the defense of home builders, kill water-use warning measure.
ON THE FAR SIDE OF COUNTY LINE ROAD, DEVELOPMENT IS BOOMING--AND THE WATER LEVEL IS SINKING.WELL WISHERS DOUGLAS COUNTY IS RUNNING OUT OF GROUNDWATER--BUT ITS RIVER OF DEVELOPMENT SCHEMES IS FLOWING STRONG.