Colorado River District

Colorado River District Faces Fiscal Drought: Part 2

May 28, 2019
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

The Colorado River District is in a fiscal drought. KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with director Andy Mueller  about how money for the District – and water for three western states - is connected to Lake Powell levels.

Colorado River District Faces Fiscal Drought: Part 1

May 24, 2019
Amy Hadden Marsh/KDNK

The Colorado River Water Conservation District is a public agency that plans and creates water policy for the Colorado River Basin. Director Andy Mueller talked to KDNK recently about the district's work and why funding is drying up.

Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program DJ Charlee Hertzog interviews Glenwood Springs Middle School teacher Autumn Rivera about a sixth grade expeditionary learning project. The students learned about the Colorado River Watershed and as part of the project created public service announcements about what they learned. The PSAs will broadcast on KDNK through March 10th, 2019. Click here to listen to the PSAs. Support for this project comes from the Colorado River District.

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Sixth grade students at Glenwood Springs Middle School learned about the Colorado River watershed and want you to protect our river. 

Christopher Biddle

Water Managers in the Southwest United States are witnessing record levels of reservoir depletion, and Colorado’s Western Slope is feeling the stretch, especially in the agricultural sector. As KBUT’s Christopher Biddle reports, one group thinks others should share the burden.

Colorado River District


With increasing demand on the Colorado River, water managers are considering the looming possibility of a compact call. This would require the upper basin to assure, by any means necessary, the delivery of 7.5 million acre feet of water to the lower basin states. Last week, the Colorado River District hosted an online webinar to assure the West Slope that such a scenario would most likely take years to unfold. Here, general manager Andy Mueller discusses what’s being done. For Andy Mueller's discussion of the changing conditions on the Colorado River and the potential for adaptation, follow the headline. For the full webinar, click here. The Colorado River District’s annual seminar is on Friday, September 14, in Grand Junction. Tickets and a detailed agenda are here.

Carbondale Public Arts Commission

Here’s your community calendar for Thursday, May 31st, underwritten by Sopris Liquor and Wine, at the corner of 133 and Main in Carbondale.  For a list of today's events like Colorado River Districts Roaring Fork Valley's State of the Rivers Meeting at The Third Street Center follow the headline...

The Andy Zanca Youth Empowerment Program news team discusses Colorado River water issues and potential solutions with the Director of Community Affairs from the Colorado River District, Jim Pokrandt.

Jeff Dahlstrom/Northern Water

The US Army Corps of Engineers gave the green light last month to a project that would divert more West Slope water to the Front Range. The Windy Gap Firming project was first conceived in 1970 and includes construction of a dam over 300 feet tall that will form the Chimney Hollow Reservoir near Carter Lake in Loveland.  KDNK’s Amy Hadden Marsh spoke with Jim Pokrandt of the Colorado River Water Conservation District about the project and its implications for West Slope water users.

Ninth grade students at Aspen High School researched environmental issues and local environmental organizations to create announcements and share with the community.

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