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The pike predicament: How a fish creates thrills for anglers and headaches for habitat managers

The predators become the prey when fishermen like Craig Preston cast into Stagecoach Reservoir southeast of Steamboat Springs. “I think it’s the big-fish allure,” Preston said. “The chance of catching that monster.” And the big fish are definitely out there. The official state record pike was pulled out of Stagecoach in 2006 by Thornton resident Tim Bone, who was using Powerbait with the intention of catching trout.

Trout Creek dam moving through federal process

The newest study deems it likely that trout and other species of fish travel up Trout Creek from the Yampa River to spawn.

Tree Haus residents no longer need to boil drinking water

The precautionary advisory to boil drinking water was issued May 30 by the Colorado Department of Public Health and the Environment as the Yampa River flowed over its banks and inundated the Tree Haus water system.

Abundant water in Northwest Colorado rivers belies conditions in lakes Powell and Mead

“Currently Lake Mead and Lake Powell are 42 percent full. Does that make us nervous? Yeah that makes us very nervous.” — Eric Kuhn, general manager, Colorado River Water Conservation District.

Senate Bill 23 veto reopens conversation on water efficiency measures

Senate Bill 23, which provided incentives for Western Slope water efficiency measures, will have to be reworked and revisited in another legislative session.

Yampa River should see above average total flows through July

Streamflow forecasters say the total volume of flows in the Yampa in Steamboat Springs in June and July will be 118 percent of average, and maybe more if precipitation is abundant.

Foundation for Water Education leads tour in Routt and Moffat counties this month

The timing of the host for the 2014 Yampa River Basin Tour, the Colorado Foundation for Water Education, could not have been better.

Rising Yampa River mixes with domestic water raising doubts about drinkability in Steamboat suburb of Tree Haus

Tree Haus resident Greg Forney said he was told to expect that it would be about a week before the boil warning is lifted, and expressed full confidence in metro board.

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River Basin Roundtable approves funding increase for implementation plan

Group seeking more Northwest Colorado representatives

The Wednesday meeting of the Yampa/White/Green River Basin Roundtable brought in government and industry representatives from Moffat, Routt and Rio Blanco counties to Craig’s American Legion Post 62 to discuss, among other things, the Basin Implementation Plan for the region.

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No fire, water restrictions in short-term forecast

Officials say the near-term forecast for the Steamboat Springs area is free of water and fire restrictions, and most of Routt County is not experiencing any drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. In Moffat County, a majority of the county is experiencing just abnormally dry conditions.

Potential for harm: Opponents of Senate Bill 23 express concern about upstream water users

Opponents of Senate Bill 23 have warned that transfers to the Colorado Water Conservation Board could harm upstream users.

Potential for harm: Western Slope water bill draws opposition

Senate Bill 23 is on its way to the Gov. John Hickenlooper’s desk thanks to some legislative maneuvering, but the bill dealing with changes to water law on the Western Slope has divided interested organizations and prompted warnings that its consequences could be much broader than intended.

Upper Colorado Basin ranked 2nd among 10 most endangered rivers in the nation

The nearby White River, flowing out of the Flat Tops, is No. 7 on the list because of the amount of energy exploration taking place along it length, an American Rivers spokesman said Wednesday.

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Joe Zimmerman, a steward of Steamboat Springs' stellar water system, retires after 39-year career

For nearly four decades, the city's water superintendent has been a key part of why residents here in Steamboat Springs always have access to some of the cleanest, clearest drinking water in the state.

Planning ahead for possibility that Colorado's water supply won't meet its needs in 2050

“It’s important that you participate in this process right here in the basin because this is your future and your children’s future,” Jay Gallagher, Mount Werner Water and the Colorado Water Conservation Board.

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