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Colorado's public lands are faced with new challenges but water and land management depend on working together. Read about the relationship between water and land in Colorado and how Coloradans are converging to restore Colorado's public lands in the Spring 2018 issue of Headwaters magazine.

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

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Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

While working on this Headwaters issue, my close friend and colleague Lisa Everitt joked that many of the writers we know write about food and fashion.

I was excited because I got to talk to a University of Colorado ecologist who figured out what was deforming frogs and a Division of Wildlife fish researcher who was about to drop German-American crossbred rainbow trout out of a helicopter into the Gunnison River. He couldn't get a truck into the canyon.

The current Headwaters cuts a swath across the state and illustrates how devoted Coloradans are to protecting wildlife and finding creative solutions to complicated problems.

Peter Roessmann traveled the Colorado River to interview water users who collaborated to avert a crisis. The people Peter talked with aren't always on the same side, of the Divide or the argument.

A disaster at the Shoshone Power Plant cut off the most senior call on the Colorado. That call is the drawstring that holds statewide economies, systems and delicate relationships together. The groups put West Slope communities, recreation and four endangered fish ahead of their interests.

Along the Platte—North, South and Central—another story of cooperation unfolds. Jayla Poppleton recaps the plan to send more water to Nebraska to help whooping cranes and three other species. Two of them are small unassuming brown, white and black birds, no match for the whooping cranes' grace, beauty or mystique, but important nonetheless. The fourth is a fish named the pallid sturgeon.

On the Republican River, as corn prices climb, the basin faces a river compact shortfall and tough decisions. Dave Loftis explains how people like Assistant State Engineer Ken Knox work tirelessly behind the scenes to be fair while delivering a hard message. Knox, water managers and farmers in the basin are trying to figure out the conundrum. One part of the solution is to retire irrigated farmland. The other is to dry up Bonny Lake, an important stop on the Central Flyway and a popular warm water recreation spot.

Then it's south to John Martin, where Lisa Everitt examines an eastern plains oasis. She also explains what it means to mitigate.

All of these stories speak to beauty as our fellow creatures inhabit the land, waters and sky of this great state.
With this issue we also introduce a new executive director. Nicole Seltzer took the Colorado Foundation for Water Education reins Dec. 3. Many in the water community already know her and her work on reservoir development, conservation and watersheds. She'll do well.

Her appointment reminded me of a conversation a group of women in the water industry had a few years ago. If men in the business were known as water buffalos, what should we call the women?

Awesome.

Lori Ozzello
Editor

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