Water wars, warriors still changing history in West

Drive west to the mountains, the ski resorts and the picturesque towns of the Western Slope, or north to Denver and Wyoming, or east to the sprawling ranches and farms of the high plains, or southwest to New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. You’re not just traveling; you’re visiting enemy territory. “Whisky’s for drinking, […]

Gas pipeline proposed for Colorado River

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management is considering an application for a 22-mile gas pipeline that would run from the Divide Creek area under the Colorado River to processing facilities near Parachute. The BLM says the pipeline proposed by Bargath LLC would be bored under the Colorado River to avoid impacts to the riverbed, aquatic […]

Western states edge ever-closer to water conflicts

A water war may soon erupt among Western states, and Colorado could end up losing. Demand for water is increasing, supplies are shrinking, and cities including Colorado Springs, Phoenix and Las Vegas are bracing for battle on the political and legal fronts. Seventy percent of Colorado Springs’ drinking water comes from the Colorado River, which […]

Colo. optimistic Calif ruling won’t hurt water deal

DENVER (AP) – Colorado water officials are optimistic that a California court ruling invalidating a conservation plan won’t derail agreements affecting seven Western states. Dick Wolfe, director of the Colorado Division of Water Resources, said Tuesday that water officials have shown a “collective will” to overcome obstacles. A judge last week overturned a deal allowing […]