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Bringing you the quality water information you crave, over Colorado's radio airwaves and online. Our monthly programming will complement what you're reading in Headwaters magazine and in the news.

Small Hydro

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Using the force of moving water to generate electricity is an old idea. For much of the 20th century, hydroelectric technology led to the construction of giant dams across the American West and around the world. But big hydro projects have a big impact on surrounding ecosystems. As we hear this report, Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale. Narrated by Andrea Chalfin, reported by Sam Fuqua.

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Take the Next Step: Read & Discuss

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education wants to help you speak fluently about the water-energy nexus. Check out the following: 

Colorado's Water Plan Call-In Show

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In May 2013, Governor Hickenlooper issued an Executive Order directing the Colorado Water Conservation Board to develop Colorado's Water Plan-- a roadmap for Colorado's water future. Hear about the work that has been done to put together the plan and various questions about it. During this panel discussion and call-in show, hear from director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board, James Eklund; Chair of the South Platte Basin Roundtable, Sean Cronin; and Abby Burk with the Western Rivers Action Network.

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Take the Next Step: Read & Discuss

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education wants to help you speak fluently about Colorado's Water Plan and to take the next step. Check out the following: 

Water and Electricity

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It takes water to produce electricity, but just how much? The amount varies depending on the fuel source and power generating technology. Listen to this segment of Connecting the Drops to hear about the critical role of water in keeping electricity flowing through the grid:
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Shoshone-- Hydropower on the Colorado River

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A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state. Along the Colorado River, farms, cities and towns, and the recreation industry are all big players... but everyone takes a backseat to the tiny hydroelectric plant that's over 100 years old. In the next of our year-long Connecting the Drops series, we take a look at the Shoshone Generating Station and the critical role it plays on the Upper Colorado:
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Buy & Dry in Colorado Agriculture

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Turn on the tap in your home, particularly if you're in a city along Colorado's Front Range, and there's a good chance that the water flowing out used to belong to a farm. Buy and dry-- the practice of transferring agricultural water rights to thirsty cities and municipalities. What is the impact on farms in the state? What are the alternatives?

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The Colorado River Statewide Call-In Show

On Sunday September 15, after a weekend of flooding, stations KGNU, KRCC and KDNK worked with us to produce a live call-in show on the Colorado River. During this hour-long program, listeners heard from and spoke with experts: Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River District, Taylor Hawes with The Nature Conservancy, and Wayne Vandershuere with Colorado Springs Utilities.

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Rethinking Reservoirs

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All around Colorado new collaborations are emerging around water storage and water use. From Steamboat Springs to the San Luis Valley, different water interests are working together to increase flow in rivers and streams, benefiting local economies, local water tables and aquatic life.

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Shrinking Aquifers

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The agricultural economy in the San Luis Valley depends on groundwater aquifers to provide a significant and dependable water supply but those aquifers are being depleted faster than they can be recharged. Farmers in the Valley face an uncertain future and are racing to implement a plan that will balance and recover this vital resource.

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Connecting the Drops Partners

Connecting the Drops is a radio collaboration between the Colorado Foundation for Water Education and Colorado Community Radio Stations KGNU, KDNK and KRCC.

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