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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.

Water Pricing

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As cities in Colorado are expanding to accomodate a growing population, so are the costs of providing services and utilities. As part of Connecting the Drops, Maeve Conran takes a look at how some communities are reevaluating how they charge for services like water and what that might mean for encouraging smarter growth. 

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DIY Water Conservation Call-In Show

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The 4th statewide call-in show aired live on Sunday June 14, 2015 on KGNU, KRCC and KDNK. This episode focuses on what individuals can do to conserve water. Guests are Tyler Kesler, water programs manager with the Center for ReSource Conservation in Boulder; Jerome Osentowski from the Central Rocky Mountain Permaculture Institute in Basalt; civil engineer Louis Meyer; and Mona Newton, executive director of the Community Office of Resource Efficiency. 

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Developing Colorado with Water Conservation in Mind

 

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Finding enough water to meet the demands of the booming Front Range has city planners closely looking at how new developments can be built with water conservation as a key component. And with the second draft of Colorado's Water Plan scheduled for release in July, many water advocates are hoping to see the issue of land use addressed. As Maeve Conran reports for our statewide water series, in the arid west, land and water use go hand in hand.

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Public Engagement with Colorado's Water Plan

 

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It's been just over three months since Coloradans got a first look at the state's water plan. The draft that was submitted to Gov. John Hickenlooper came after more than 800 public meetings held across the state. But despite an extensive education and outreach campaign, how involved is the general public in planning Colorado's water future? 

 

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Drinking Water Quality on the Eastern Plains

Coloradans pride themselves on the quality of their drinking water, most of which originates high up in the Rocky Mountains. But many communities on the Eastern Plains have water that not only tastes bad, it is out of compliance with federal drinking water standards. As part of Connecting the Drops, our series on water issues in the state, Maeve Conran reports on efforts to improve water in Eastern Colorado 

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Colorado's Water Plan Statewide Call-In Show

 

 

Join radio listeners around Colorado for a statewide conversation on Colorado's Water Plan through this live-recording call-in discussion held January 25th. Hear from James Eklund, Director of the Colorado Water Conservation Board; Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River Water Conservation District; and Chris Woodka with the Pueblo Chieftain.  

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Snowmaking

 

It's that time of year when ski resorts crank up snowmaking machines to bolster Mother Nature's powder delivery. Some resorts depend on man-made snow more than others. As part of Connecting the Drops-- our radio series on Colorado water issues in partnership with Rocky Mountain Community Radio stations-- we explore the snowmaking process and its importance now and into the future.

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Saving the Ogallala

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Most Colorado cities and farms get water from Rocky Mountain snowmelt. Not in northeastern Colorado. This food producing powerhouse depends in an ancient underground reservoir called the Ogallala. The Ogallala has been slowly accumulating water for thousands of years, but modern farmers and towns pump so much that this "timeless" aquifer is starting to run out. Someday in the not-so-distant future, Ogallala reliant towns may have to curtail crops, and some farm towns might become ghost towns. For Connecting the Drops, Shelley Schlender reports. 

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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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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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