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Headwaters Summer 2005-Restoration

Headwaters magazineRead feature articles below or view the magazine online to flip through or download the issue.

Watermarks--Letter from the Director

A new study recently published in the journal Science estimates that taxpayers and foundations have spent more than $1 billion annually on river restoration in the United States since 1990. These figures were compiled by the National River Restoration Science Synthesis (NRRSS) Project which for the last several years has systematically catalogued all the river restoration projects in the U.S.

Read more: Watermarks--Letter from the Director

Cheesman Dam Celebrates 100 Years

DENVER—The oldest dam in the Denver Water system, Cheesman Dam, marked the beginning of Denver's growth into a Rocky Mountain urban center. When completed in 1905, the dam's 80,000 acre-feet of storage meant that a small town at the edge of the mountains could support nearly 100,000 people. In a sense, modern Denver was born.

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Comprehensive Colorado River Watershed Curriculum Now Available

DURANGO—In May 2005, more than 70 Colorado River Basin educators and resource managers from the U.S., Mexico, Navajo Nation, and Tohono O'odham tribe gathered in Mexicali, Baja California to celebrate the publication of a new, international watershed-based curriculum: Discover a Watershed: The Colorado.

Read more: Comprehensive Colorado River Watershed Curriculum Now Available

2005 Legislative Update

The 2005 session of the Colorado General Assembly produced 10 water bills that became law, 12 that did not pass, and 1 vetoed by the Governor. Highlights of the new laws include creation of water roundtables throughout the state, and payment to Kansas of the full amount owed by Colorado in the Kansas v. Colorado Arkansas River Compact case.

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Renaissance of an Urban River—Sand Creek

By Dan MacArthur

Egrets perform their elegant mating ballet while thousands of vehicles thunder by on the interstate overhead. Wary deer scatter before surprised cyclists cruising down a hard-packed trail. Odd chunks of concrete and twisted steel still poke between the grasses in some places—a reminder to visitors that this unlikely oasis from Denver's urban din is healthier today than it has been in a long time.

Read more: Renaissance of an Urban River—Sand Creek

A Cutthroat Business

By Paul Formisano

Restoring the Little Snake River

The individual nature of river restoration projects is nowhere more evident than in the Little Snake River Valley of northwestern Colorado.
Until the largest ranch in the valley decided to undertake one of the most elaborate and extensive river restoration projects in the nation, comprehensive restoration of the Little Snake—hard hit by floods in the mid-1980s—did not seem a realistic possibility. Then in 1999, flexing its financial muscle, Three Forks Ranch initiated a chain reaction of restoration efforts that has resonated down the entire valley. Now some six years after the first plans were drawn up, the progress of restoration has both exceeded some expectations and disappointed others.

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A Community River—The North Fork of the Gunnison

River restoration is more than just placing boulders in the river or putting a trail alongside the creek. It has to be. It originates with a community's desire to manage rivers better. On the North Fork of the Gunnison, regional involvement is slowly remaking this hard-working Western river into a public amenity.

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Water Law Resources

Guide to Colorado Water Law explores the basics of Colorado water law--learn how it has developed and how it is applied today. This, WEco's most popular Citizen's Guide, was authored by Colorado Supreme Court Justice, and WEco Board Vice President, Gregory Hobbs. Take a look or purchase a copy.


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