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Connecting the Drops: Colorado's Water Plan

Connecting the Drops: Colorado's Water Plan July 21, 2014
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

Post-flood planning in Boulder County July 9, 2014
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 a critical part of determining Colorado's water future

Water education a critical part of determining Colorado's water future June 23, 2014
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 policymakers say it's critical to teach young people about water management. As part of "Connecting the Drops"—our series on Colorado water—Sam Fuqua visited two water education programs to see how they're handling this complicated topic.
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Colorado leading the way on small hydropower trend

Colorado leading the way on small hydropower trend March 20, 2014
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, and Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale. As part of our year-long Connecting the Drops series, Rocky Mountain Community Radio's Andrea Chalfin reports.
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Connecting the Drops: Water and Power

February 5, 2014
It takes water to produce electricity. But how much water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology. As part of "Connecting the Drops"—our year-long series on Colorado water—Sam Fuqua reports on the critical role of water in keeping the electric grid humming along here in the arid West.
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Shoshone--hydropwer on the Colorado River

Shoshone--hydropwer on the Colorado River December 4, 2013
A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state. Along the Colorado River, farms, cities & towns, and the recreation industry are all big players, but everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that's over one hundred years old. As part of the year-long series Connecting the Drops, Rocky Mountain Community Radio's Maeve Conran brings us this report on the Shoshone Generating Station and the critical role it plays on the Upper Colorado.
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Colorado's water wars

Colorado's water wars October 22, 2013
Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West. But in recent years the tensions between cities and rural agricultural areas has escalated, as both sides compete for this limited resource. KGNU's Maeve Conran has this story as part of our year-long series on water issues, Connecting the Drops.
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Join KDNK, KGNU and KRCC for the Connecting the Drops simulcast!

Join KDNK, KGNU and KRCC for the Connecting the Drops simulcast! September 9, 2013
On Sunday September 15th from 5-6pm, KDNK is participating in a state-wide call in show called Connecting the Drops.

In collaboration with KGNU in Boulder and KRCC in Colorado Springs we host an hour-long discussion with listener calls focusing on the plight of the Colorado River. Taylor Hawes, Nature Conservancy's Colorado River program director who recently testified before a Senate committee on the Colorado River will be the guest in studio at KGNU. Jim Pokrandt with the Colorado River District will be the guest at KDNK and a representative from Colorado Springs Utilities will join us by phone.

Join us for this state-wide simulcast on Sunday, September 15 from 5-6pm on KDNK.

Rethinking Reserviors

Rethinking Reserviors September 2, 2013
All around Colorado new collaborations are emerging around water storage and water use. Partnerships with reservoirs are turning out to be key in terms of environmental stewardship, river protection, and healthy communities that rely on water. As part of our year long series Connecting the Drops, KGNUs Maeve Conran looks at some of these collaborations that have produced tangible results.

More information about this story and Connecting the Drops is available online.
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Shrinking Aquifers

Shrinking Aquifers August 1, 2013
In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought. Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado. Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU's Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.

More information about this story and Connecting the Drops is available online.
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