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Alt. Water Transfers

Cover HW Fall 2017

Water sharing and banking, coined "alternative transfer methods" or ATMs, could provide flexibility for stretched water supplies —but not without marked challenges. Read the Fall 2017 issue of Headwaters magazine and explore options to:

  • keep water in farming
  • help municipalities plan ahead
  • share between ag and environmental uses
  • bank water on the Colorado River

Browse articles and find a flipbook of the magazine here.

Connecting the Drops

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Water Education Colorado

Headwaters magazineRead articles from the magazine below or view it online.

Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

It may seem somewhat of a subtlety that most of our recreation in this arid state revolves around water—frozen, flowing or otherwise. Whether it be man-made entertainment like kayak parks and ski pistes, tests of skill between the angler and his catch, or quiet observation of the incredible journey of thousands of migrating birds, our water resources allow us an impressive quality of life that cannot always be tabulated on a spreadsheet.

Read more: Watermarks--Letter from the Editor

Colorado Water Supply Issues—Today and Tomorrow

DENVER—The American Water Resources Association (Colorado Section) is pleased to announce its annual symposium Friday April 14, 2006. Co-sponsored by the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, the symposium will focus on innovative water management strategies in Colorado and the West.

Read more: Colorado Water Supply Issues—Today and Tomorrow

New Web Site Offers Synopsis of Ground Water in Colorado

Since its publication by the Colorado Geological Survey, the Ground Water Atlas of Colorado has received tremendous recognition and acclaim by professional organizations, water managers, educators, politicians, and the public. Most recently, authors Ralf Topper, Karen L. Spray, William H. Bellis, Judith L. Hamilton, and Peter E. Barkmann received the Geological Society of America's 2005 E. B. Burwell, Jr. Award from its Engineering Geology Division, recognizing this distinguished contribution to the sciences.

Read more: New Web Site Offers Synopsis of Ground Water in Colorado

A New Approach to Managing Water—Statewide

DENVER—In 2005, the Colorado Water for the 21st Century Act created a new forum for discussing the state's water issues. Spearheaded by the Department of Natural Resources, this statewide collaborative initiative, also called the Interbasin Compact Process, is being billed as a new approach to managing water.

Read more: A New Approach to Managing Water—Statewide

Curtis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

DENVER—Ralph Curtis, a longtime water and soil conservationist, will receive the 2006 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Wirth Chair in Environmental and Community Development Policy at an April 12 luncheon in Denver. This program is conducted through the Graduate School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado.

Read more: Curtis to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award

Gunnison's Developing Relationship With Its Newest Recreational Park

By Erin McIntyre

To most people driving on U.S. Highway 50 west of Gunnison, the stretch of water just west of town near the Twin Bridges is just another fast-moving section of the Gunnison River. Even a trained eye might have a hard time telling that beneath the water's surface are hundreds of boulders strategically placed to make a whitewater park.

Read more: Gunnison's Developing Relationship With Its Newest Recreational Park

The Legal Story

A whitewater park without any water won't attract many boaters, a situation which inspired the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District—to file for recreational in-channel diversion (RICD) water rights for the whitewater park in 2002. An RICD water right varies from the traditional ‘use it or lose it’ water right, which typically requires water to be removed from the stream and to be put to beneficial use. In the case of a RICD, the water stays in the stream for recreation.

Read more: The Legal Story

Fly Fishing

By Lori Ozzello

To forget everything else.

The paperwork on your desk at the office. The car needs new tires. The bored-till-everyone's-comatose meetings. The commute. The nuclear meltdown your teenager had yesterday or Monday or whenever.

Ask people why they ski or watch birds or kayak or hike or run or hunt and often, the core of the answer is ‘to forget everything else.’ When you ask a fly fisher, she'll explain there's an art and science to the forgetting.

Read more: Fly Fishing

An Avian Oasis on the Plains

By Lori Ozzello

From the ground, eastern Colorado's prairie rivers in late winter are shallow, sandy and slow. Bare cottonwood trees, tall dry grasses and stick-like shrubs line their narrow edges, sometimes the only clues the rivers are there at all.

From a migrating bird's perspective, they look like a Marriott Hotel.

Read more: An Avian Oasis on the Plains

Let it Snow

By Erin McIntyre

A tiny ski area that operated for just one season 50 years ago introduced snowmaking technology to Colorado, blazing the trail for a tool to fake out Mother Nature and provide economic stability for a $1.5 billion industry.

Read more: Let it Snow

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