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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.

After the Flood: A year later remembering the September 2013 flooding

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The town of Lyons was one of the hardest hit in the 2013 floods. While the town has recovered in numerous ways in the past 12 months, many residents are still displaced and the way forward is still uncertain:

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Bonnie Sue Hitchcock's house in Lyons was in one of the area's hardest hit: the confluence.
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To get a building permit, houses rebuilding in the confluence area must be elevated several feet.
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Many residents are still mired in a complex rebuilding process-- waiting on building permits and insurance settlements.

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Putting the water in whitewater

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Conservationists and whitewater recreationists are emerging as allies in the statewide discussion on water, as both groups seek to keep water in Colorado's rivers:

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Families share this whitewater park with world class kayakers. Multi-use parks like this are an economic boon for towns like Lyons.
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Children play on a rope swing in one of the swimming holes in Lyons whitewater park. 
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14 year old Lyons resident Nick Eaton comes to the river most days during the summer.
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Nathan Fey with American Whitewater, a nonprofit working to conserve whitewater resources throughout the country.
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Scott Shipley is a former Olympic kayaker who now designs whitewater parks.

Economic Impacts of Whitewater Parks

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find the write-up with links to these various studies here on S2O Design Reinventing Whitewater

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The Colorado Foundation for Water Education wants to help you speak fluent water. Check out the following: 

Colorado's Water Plan

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It's been over a year since Gov. Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the creation of a state water plan. It won't be a legal document, but the plan is expected to make recommendations that will guide future water planning and funding decisions. The process is well underway...with a deadline to deliver a draft plan by this December. As part of our radio series "Connecting the Drops" in partnership with Rocky Mountain Community Radio, Sam Fuqua brings us this update on  the Colorado Water Plan:

 

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Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County

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The historic September 2013 flood reshaped waterways across Colorado's northern Front Range, making major changes to both the manmade and natural environments. Over the past ten months, homeowners, planners and policy makers have grappled with difficult decisions over where and how to rebuild... and when to let Mother Nature take her new course. As part of Connecting the Drops-- our series on Colorado water issues-- Sam Fuqua reports on the rebuilding process in one of the hardest hit counties:

 

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Water Education

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When it comes to water, Colorado's kids can expect to face a challenging future. A growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs. That's one reason educators and policy-makers say it's critical to teach young people about water management. As part of "Connecting the Drops" Sam Fuqua visited two water education programs to see how they're handling this complicated topic.  

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Energy-Water Nexus Call-In Show

Water and Energy was the topic of the second statewide call-in program associated with Connecting the Drops. Host Maeve Conran spoke with experts: Ken Carlson a Colorado State University professor and the director of the Center for Energy Water Sustainability at CSU; Kent Holsinger, an attorney; Sloan Shoemaker, head of the Western Slope conservation group Wildnress Workshop. Listen to the complete program:

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Water and Beer

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With over 200 breweries and brewpubs, Colorado is one of the top beer producers in the country. All that beer requires a lot of water. As part of Connecting the Drops-- our yearlong series on Colorado water-- Sam Fuqua reports on how brewers large and small are working to conserve the precious liquid that is crucial to creating the other precious liquid. 

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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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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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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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