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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.

Winter Water for Dabbling Ducks

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Colorado's South Platte River basin is a powerhouse for crops and cattle. Massive reservoirs quench the region's thirst, with farm fields generally first in line. Wildlife? It's often last. But a small win-win is giving waterfowl a little more room at the watering hole. It's a program that creates warm winter ponds for migrating ducks—then gives the water back, in time for summer crops.

 Mallard Mother with Ducklings near  Ducks Unlimited HQ in Fort Collins

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Pair Sound with Sight 

Card Game at Sterling Reservoirweb
Card game at Sterling Reservoir.
 Cornfield Near Sterling - Irrigated with Ditch Water and Center Pivot
 Cornfield near Sterling, Colorado—irrigated with ditch water and center pivot.
 Denver Nature Lover Dr Kent Heybourneweb
 Denver nature lover Dr. Kent Heybourne.
Greg Kernohan - Ducks Unlimited
Greg Kernohan with Ducks Unlimited.
Harvested Hay near Sterling Recharge Ponds in summer
Harvested hay near Sterling recharge ponds.
Headwater gates at Sterling Reservoir
Headwater gates at Sterling Reservoir.
In this wet summer this recharge pond near Sterling still has water
Although recharge ponds are mostly dry in the summer, during this wet summer of 2015, this recharge pond near Sterling still
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Jim Yahn at North Sterling Irrigation District HQ in Sterling
Jim Yahn at North Sterling Irrigation District.
Jim Yahn Measuring to Adjust Reservoir Flow
Jim Yahn measuring to adjust reservoir flow.
Mallard Mother with Ducklings near  Ducks Unlimited HQ in Fort Collins
Mallard mother with ducklings near the Ducks Unlimited office in Fort Collins, Colorado.
Sandy Soil is Good for Recharge Ponds
Sandy soil is good for recharge ponds.

From Crops to Houses

 

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An additional 2.5 million people are expected to move to Colorado by 2040, with the vast majority of them headed for the Front Range. As part of Connecting the Drops, Maeve Conran looks at the impact on Colorado, farmers and agricultural lands, as the state's landscape changes from crops to houses. 

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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. 

 Amelia Nuding

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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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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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Publication of Headwaters magazine and the Connecting the Drops radio program are made possible by the generous support of sponsors and advertisers. We would like to extend our appreciation and thanks to the following sponsors for supporting coverage of the land use and water nexus: 

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