Colorado Drought

Updated July 19, 2021:

Federal officials laid out details of how reservoirs upstream of Lake Powell will release water in an attempt to keep producing hydropower. On Friday the Bureau of Reclamation published new forecasts for reservoir operations in the Colorado River basin.

On the cottonwood-lined main street of Severance, Colorado, birdsong fills the air on a sunny May morning. It’s soon drowned, though, out by the roar of a backhoe.

The former farm town is replacing crumbling old water lines that serve a rapidly growing population. Severance, located about an hour northeast of Denver, has seen its population double in the last five years, as home buyers thwarted by soaring prices in larger Front Range cities look for more affordable options.

Dry Soils, Vegetation Across the Southwest

Jun 23, 2021

State and regional climate officials are concerned about the weather and drought outlook for the southwestern US, including western Colorado. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh has this update.

August 2020 Broke Records in Heat and Fires Sparked

Sep 22, 2020
Grizzly Creek Fire incident Management Team

Over the past two decades, most of Colorado’s wildfires lit up in the months of June and July. This year? The state saw six fires spark in August, half of which set records in size. To learn more, KDNK’s Kathleen Shannon spoke with the Colorado State Climatologist and Director of Colorado Climate Center at Colorado State University, Russ Schumacher.

AH Marsh photo

Colorado River water demand is on the rise but the supply is dwindling. Is there enough water to meet agricultural, industrial, and municipal needs, and still leave some for recreation and ecosystems? In western Colorado, ranchers and conservationists have a plan to help ensure that all water needs from Glenwood Springs to DeBeque are secure. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh found that, so far, the project has produced some surprising results.