From Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Inclusive River Governance for a Changing West Research undertaken by Colorado College undergraduates has always been at the core of the State of the Rockies Project. In this year’s report, the final publication stemming from our two-year focus on western water issues, our five Student Fellows investigate … Continue reading @RockiesProject: The fifth and final section of the 2017 State of the Rockies Report is now available online!
Click here to read the section, “Reservations and Reservoirs: Deferred Tribal Justice on the Columbia and Colorado River,” from the State of the Rockies Project (Emelie Frojen).
From the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Wednesday, November 18th, 2015 at 7:00 pm, Richard F. Celeste Theater, Cornerstone Arts Center The Great Divide: The Destiny of the West is Written in the Headwaters of the Colorado Jim Havey, Producer of The Great Divide, Havey Productions The Great Divide, a feature length documentary … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project: The Great Divide showing Wednesday
The series for this season looks great and they are screening “The Great Divide” in November. I’ve attended many of the events over the past few years and I’ve learned a lot from the speakers — highly recommended. Click here for all the inside skinny for this season. Click here to go to the State … Continue reading Colorado College announces the 2015-2016 “State of the Rockies” speakers series
Click here to go to the State of the Rockies Project website to read the report. Here’s an excerpt: The 2015 Conservation in the West Poll, now in its fifth year, was recently released by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project. The survey of 2,400 registered voters in six western states provides an annual … Continue reading The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project releases the 2015 Conservation in the West Poll
Click here to go to the project website. Click here for information on the first speakers series event. Here’s an excerpt: “Sharing Water: What an Environmental Experiment in Mexico can Teach us About the Future of the Colorado River”, Monday, September 8, 2014, 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. The first event of the 2014-15 State … Continue reading 2014-15 State of the Rockies Project
Click here to go to the download page at Colorado College. Here’s an excerpt: The Colorado River Basin, covering a major portion of the eight-state Rockies region and extending into Mexico, has been the unified focus for all parts to the State of the Rockies Project during summer 2011 and the 2011-12 academic year and … Continue reading The 2013 ‘State of the Rockies Report Card’ is hot off the presses #ColoradoRiver
Take the time to watch the video. Will and Zak do a great job telling the story of the Colorado River Basin in these times. Join them in navigating Lake Powell on a solar raft. More Colorado River Basin coverage here and here.
From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): Climate variability was one of the areas student researchers at Colorado College included in this year’s “State of the Rockies” report card, unveiled last week. The students recommended legal changes and management options that maintain the sustainability of the river. It’s important to the Arkansas River basin because more … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project: Whither climate variability in the Colorado River basin?
From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Stroud): “Where there used to be 3,000 square miles of wetlands in the Colorado River delta, there is now less than 10 percent remaining,” Podmore described. “It’s so hard to imagine when you look at the river as it passes through Glenwood Springs that it just dries up … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project: ‘It’s so hard to imagine when you look at the river as it passes through Glenwood Springs that it just dries up at the Mexico border’ — Zak Podmore
Here’s the announcement from the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: This 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card is titled The Colorado River Basin: Agenda for Use, Restoration, and Sustainability for the Next Generation. The sections of the Report Card include a summary of the Rockies Project Source to Sea trip, an investigation … Continue reading The ‘State of the Rockies Report Card’ is hot off the press
From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): While talking about the ongoing efforts to find statewide solutions through the more traditional route of roundtable meetings, Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested the answer to projected water shortfalls could be found in social media — the favored means of communication and sometimes creative solutions for today’s young people. Hickenlooper … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project: Governor Hickenlooper names conservation as a major part of the solution to Colorado’s supply gap
From the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle: Salazar spoke during the State of the Rockies Project conference at Colorado College, where students have been studying how to preserve the Colorado River basin… …climate change, drought and population growth in the West have heightened interest in how the states and Mexico can continue sharing … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project: Interior Secretary Salazar says develop but protect the environment at the same time
From the website: As a culmination of this year’s State of the Rockies Project work on the Colorado River Basin, the Project will be hosting a conference on the Colorado College Campus on April 9th and 10th, 2012. In addition to the release of the 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card, we will have … Continue reading Colorado College: The State of the Rockies Conference takes place this week along with the release of the ‘State of the Rockies Report Card’
Here’s the link to the video. Will and Zak paddled from the headwaters of the Green River to the Colorado River Delta as researchers for Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project. More Colorado River Basin coverage here.
Here’s an article by Zak Podmore about the State of the Rockies Source to Sea adventure where he and Will Stauffer-Norris paddled from the headwaters of the Green River to the Colorado River Delta. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for short bios of both paddlers. Click through and read the whole article. … Continue reading Colorado College 2012 State of the Rockies Project: Zak Podmore — ‘Where’s the river?’
Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for the SPOT map of their location. From email from Jon Pushkin (Pushkin Public Relations): Just a quick update. Will and Zak are nearly at the end of their four-month, Source to Sea journey down the Colorado River. You can see their new videos and photos here: … Continue reading Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Will and Zak are almost to the end of their boat journey down the Colorado to the Sea of Cortez
Here’s the release from Colorado College (Leslie Weddell): Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project has received a $175,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to conduct a poll assessing attitudes toward conservation in six Western states. The “Colorado College State of the Rockies 2012 Conservation in the West Poll” to be conducted … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project scores $175,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to assess attitudes about conservation in six Western states
Last Monday Justice Greg Hobbs and law professor Larry MacDonnell were the guests of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The subject was the Colorado River and its future, including Native American claims. Also discussed was the need to water population growth in Colorado and elswhere and whether or not the river has … Continue reading State of the Rockies Project: Should the Colorado River Compact be updated for the realities of the 21st Century?
Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs and Colorado River legal scholar Larry MacDonnell will discuss the Colorado River Compact on October 17. The presentation is the next for the State of the Rockies Project speakers series. Since it’s been a while since I published one of Justice Hobbs’ poems I thought this would be a … Continue reading Colorado College: The next State of the Rockies Project speaker series topic is ‘The law and the Colorado River’
Update: I had the wrong date in the original headline. Here’s the release from Colorado College (Leslie Weddell): Can a 90-Year-Old Set of Colorado River Laws Work in the 21st Century? Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Colorado River Legal Scholar to Discuss Implications of the Law of the River The future of the Colorado River … Continue reading Colorado College State of the Rockies Project presents ‘The Law and the Colorado River’ October 17
Update: From the press release for Monday night (Leslie Weddell): Acclaimed photographer Peter McBride and award-winning author Jonathan Waterman will kick off the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Speakers Series on Monday, Sept. 12, presenting “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict,” a discussion on the issues affecting the Colorado River Basin. They will … Continue reading Colorado College ‘State of the Rockies monthly Speaker Series’ kicks off September 12
An July 15, 2011 email from Rhiannon Hendrickson got buried in my inbox. She describes the students’ research topic this year. A thousand pardons. From her email: I’m working with Colorado College to help promote its State of the Rockies project which seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rockies. This year’s … Continue reading Colorado College: State of the Rockies 2011 research focus topic is ‘The Colorado River: Agenda for Use, Restoration and Sustainability as if the Next Generation Counts’
Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project: Majority of Western Voters Believe Environmental Protections, Strong Economy Can Co-Exist First-ever “Conservation in the West Survey” measures voters’ environmental attitudes in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A new bi-partisan poll of inter-mountain West voters shows that a strong … Continue reading Colorado College State of the Rockies Project releases ‘Conservation in the West’ survey: Westerners favor environmental protection
Agriculture is the focus of this year’s report card. Click here to get your copy to read under the cottonwoods down by the creek this weekend. Thanks to New West (Jill Kuraitis) for the heads up. From the article: Colorado College’s 2010 State of the Rockies report, now in its eighth year of research and … Continue reading Colorado College: 2010 State of the Rockies Report Card
From the University of Denver Water Law Review at the Sturm College of Law (Rebecca Spence): Chapter twelve, “A Beaver Returns to the Delta,” further discusses inclusivity, and shows how collaboration between formally feuding groups can help to undo much of the damage we have done to the Colorado River over the years. Fleck explained … Continue reading Book Review: “Water is for Fighting Over: And Other Myths about Water in the West” — @WaterLawReview
Here’s an interview with Bart Miller about the Colorado Water Plan from Water Deeply (Matt Weiser): Recent adoption of the first Colorado Water Plan sets the state on a path to resolve projected shortfalls in water supply, but the plan has flaws that still need attention, explains Western Resource Advocate’s Bart Miller. COLORADO FACES AN … Continue reading @COWaterPlan update
From The Grand Junction Daily Sentinel editorial board: We’re all familiar with the anticipated water supply gap that gave rise to Gov. John Hickenlooper’s executive order calling for the formulation of a state water plan. That plan has been completed and the Colorado Water Conservation Board has sketched out an implementation measures with cost-effective ways … Continue reading 2017 #coleg: HB17-1273, an attempt to marry water #conservation and land-use decisions @COWaterPlan
Click here to go to the website. Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project at Colorado College: Mountain West Voters Outline Priorities for new Administration on Public Lands in New Survey The poll, now in its seventh year, surveyed the views of voters in seven Mountain West states on some of the … Continue reading @RockiesProject: 7th Annual Conservation in the West Poll Reveals Priorities
Here’s a guest column from Crisanta Duran that’s running in The Pueblo Chieftain: In the American West, nothing is more vital or sacred than water. Colorado has a rich and complicated history with the resource, one that is colored by some successes, but also many conflicts and challenges. But because of the work of thousands … Continue reading @COWaterPlan: Where is it one year later? — The Pueblo Chieftain
Here’s the release from Colorado State University (Jim Beers): A former Department of Interior undersecretary and Colorado Water Conservation Board executive director has joined the Colorado Water Institute at Colorado State University. Jennifer Gimbel will serve as CWI’s Senior Water Policy Scholar, where she will be working with key policy stakeholders in the Colorado River … Continue reading @ColoradoStateU: Gimbel joins Colorado Water Institute
Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project: Five Colorado College State of the Rockies Project student researchers are in the field this summer, studying and comparing issues of river governance and river management. Joseph Friedland ’17, Emelie Frojen ’17, Lea Linse ’17, Mollie Podmore ’17, and Amy Rawn ’17, along with Program … Continue reading @RockiesProject: Student Researchers Study River Governance, Management
From The Durango Herald (Jessica Pace): An annual Colorado College project focusing on issues affecting the Rocky Mountain West is turning its spotlight on the governance of Western water, including the Animas River. On Monday morning, several student researchers and staff with the State of the Rockies Project took a flight from Durango to survey … Continue reading @RockiesProject and @EcoFlight1 survey #GoldKingMine and #AnimasRiver
From New Mexico In Depth (Laura Paskus): Around the newsroom, John Fleck used to be called The Harbinger of Doom. When drought overtook New Mexico more than a decade ago, his stories regularly started running with headlines like: “New Mexico in its worst drought since 1880s,” “Conflicts rise as water dwindles,” and “San Juan water … Continue reading The ‘Harbinger of Doom’ escapes the newsroom — #NewMexico In Depth
From The Colorado Springs Gazette (Ryan Maye Handy): For many westerners, concerns over the future of water are as important as the economy and unemployment, according to results from Colorado College’s 2016 Conservation in the West poll. The sixth annual State of the Rockies Project poll of thousands of residents in seven western states shows … Continue reading “I think our polling shows that a lot of people want to come together on these issues” — Brendan Boepple — 2016 Conservation in the West poll
Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project (Brendan Boepple): New Survey Separates Rhetoric from Reality When it Comes to Mountain West Voters’ Support for National Public Lands Wide margins of support for local efforts to protect public lands as national monuments; voters want a balanced approach to energy development Against an uptick … Continue reading The #Colorado College 2016 Conservation in the West poll released today
Here’s an interview with John Fleck from the High Country News (Sarah Tory). Click through and read the whole thing. Here’s an excerpt: Writer John Fleck wants us to abandon our dried-up narratives of doom. When John Fleck began covering water (among other things) in 1995 for New Mexico’s Albuquerque Journal, he assumed he’d be … Continue reading Does optimism have a place in Western water politics? — High Country News
From The Greeley Tribune (Kayla Young): Concern over water conservation and management for the first time rivals unemployment in the minds of voters in the West, according to recent data released by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The study polled 400 voters each from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, … Continue reading Water woes among top voter concerns in the west — Conservation in the West poll
Here’s the release from the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Conservation and land use issues could have the power to sway how westerners vote in 2014 elections, according to the new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll. “The West is a major political battlefield this year, and … Continue reading New Survey: Conservation Could Impact 2014’s Ballot Box — Colorado College
From The Trinidad Times (Jim Dipeso): Imagine a Republican leader who racked up the following achievements: He fought smog by regulating vehicle emissions, kept dams from choking free-flowing rivers, set aside big chunks of wild backcountry for permanent protection, and supported a strong treaty to prevent harmful gases from mucking up the atmosphere. Democratic operatives … Continue reading Conservation: ‘Preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it’s common sense’ — Ronald Reagan
From the Grand Junction Free Press (Hannah Holm): The conference, organized by CMU’s Water Center, will bring together water experts, policy makers and stakeholders from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada for presentations on how we can better understand and respond to drier conditions. Conference-related events begin Wednesday evening Nov. 7 and continue through … Continue reading Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference November 8-9 #CORiver
Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project: The results from the 2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West poll find that western voters across the political spectrum – from Tea Party supporters to those who identify with the Occupy Wall Street movement and voters in- between – view … Continue reading Conservation in the West poll: Western voters across political spectrum agree — public lands are essential to our economy
From the Associated Press (Catharine Tsai) via The Columbus Republic: Colorado’s Legislature has authorized paying $36 million to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for its share of 10,460 acre-feet of water, plus interest on construction costs. But the interest has been building, and the $36 million likely won’t cover everything Colorado owes. The tribes had … Continue reading Animas-La Plata Project: Colorado and Reclamation are getting close to a deal for storage in Lake Nighthorse
Ben Noreen was at the State of the Rockies speakers series presentation Monday night and penned this wakeup call for Colorado Springs residents, running in The Colorado Springs Gazette. From the column: In Colorado Springs there is a tendency to think the [Colorado River] is far away, even though 70 to 80 percent of the … Continue reading Ben Noreen to Colorado Springs residents (and the Front Range), ‘Your faucet depends on a dwindling resource’
Update: I just realized that I didn’t include the link to the video in yesterday’s post. “For some reason we’re starting this in October,” (Will or Zak) says, standing down valley from the headwaters of the Green River. The video shows some of the country and critters they’ve passed by in the first leg to … Continue reading ‘Source to Fontenelle’ is the title of Will and Zak’s first video chronicling their journey from ‘Source to Sea’
Here’s a recap of College’s State of the Rockies series Monday session, from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article: Among its many activities, the Environmental Working Group has compiled a database that details federal farm subsidies for conservation, disaster and crop support down to the farm level. For instance, Colorado farms … Continue reading Dan Morgan, ‘I don’t think anyone should expect Washington to do the right thing if citizens aren’t informed and raising hell