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Bringing you the quality water information you crave, over Colorado's radio airwaves and online. Our regular programming will complement what you're reading in Headwaters magazine and in the news.

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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Putting the water in whitewater

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Conservationists and whitewater recreationists are emerging as allies in the statewide discussion on water, as both groups seek to keep water in Colorado's rivers:

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Colorado's Water Plan

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It's been over a year since Gov. Hickenlooper issued an executive order calling for the creation of a state water plan. It won't be a legal document, but the plan is expected to make recommendations that will guide future water planning and funding decisions. The process is well underway...with a deadline to deliver a draft plan by this December. As part of our radio series "Connecting the Drops" in partnership with Rocky Mountain Community Radio, Sam Fuqua brings us this update on  the Colorado Water Plan:

 

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Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County

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The historic September 2013 flood reshaped waterways across Colorado's northern Front Range, making major changes to both the manmade and natural environments. Over the past ten months, homeowners, planners and policy makers have grappled with difficult decisions over where and how to rebuild... and when to let Mother Nature take her new course. As part of Connecting the Drops-- our series on Colorado water issues-- Sam Fuqua reports on the rebuilding process in one of the hardest hit counties:

 

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Water Education

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When it comes to water, Colorado's kids can expect to face a challenging future. A growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs. That's one reason educators and policy-makers say it's critical to teach young people about water management. As part of "Connecting the Drops" Sam Fuqua visited two water education programs to see how they're handling this complicated topic.  

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Water and Beer

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With over 200 breweries and brewpubs, Colorado is one of the top beer producers in the country. All that beer requires a lot of water. As part of Connecting the Drops-- our yearlong series on Colorado water-- Sam Fuqua reports on how brewers large and small are working to conserve the precious liquid that is crucial to creating the other precious liquid. 

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Small Hydro

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Using the force of moving water to generate electricity is an old idea. For much of the 20th century, hydroelectric technology led to the construction of giant dams across the American West and around the world. But big hydro projects have a big impact on surrounding ecosystems. As we hear this report, Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale. Narrated by Andrea Chalfin, reported by Sam Fuqua.

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


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