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Shoshone-- Hydropower on the Colorado River

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A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state. Along the Colorado River, farms, cities and towns, and the recreation industry are all big players... but everyone takes a backseat to the tiny hydroelectric plant that's over 100 years old. In the next of our year-long Connecting the Drops series, we take a look at the Shoshone Generating Station and the critical role it plays on the Upper Colorado:
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Kayakers gear up to paddle the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon.
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Kayakers getting ready to paddle the Colorado River in Glenwood Canyon. The landing is just below I-70.  The hydro-powered Shoshone Generating Station is not visible but is just to the left of this photo.

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The Shoshone hydroelectric powerplant holds the largest historic water right on the Colorado River.   This sign heralds workers and visitors to Shoshone.
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 Jim Pokrandt, education and communications specialist with the Colorado River District explains that Shoshone is the lynchpin of the river. The Shoshone hydroplant is tucked away beside I-70 in Glenwood Canyon. 

Take the Next Step: Read & Discuss

The Colorado Foundation for Water Education wants to help you speak fluently about the water-energy nexus. Check out the following: 

 

Connecting the Drops Partners

Connecting the Drops is a radio collaboration between Water Education Colorado and Colorado Community Radio Stations KGNU, KDNK and KRCC.


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