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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Above-average snowpack surrounding Steamboat needed by dwindling reservoirs in Utah, Nevada

Steamboat Springs attorney Tom Sharp, who just completed his tenure on the Colorado River District board of directors in 2013, said Colorado’s snowpack is acutely important as the levels of Lake Powell and Lake Mead (below the Grand Canyon) are in steep decline.

Northwest Colorado residents asked to chime in on future of Colorado's water supply

The Statewide Water Supply Initiative forecasts that the gap between water supply and demand could exceed 500,000 acre feet by 2050. The capacity of Elkhead Reservoir between Hayden and and Craig is 25,550 acre feet.

Paul Stettner: Water use plan needed

Water is a critical resource in Colorado. It is important to all of us in many ways. Over time, there is only a limited amount of water produced by watersheds.

Some water bills temporarily higher than usual as city of Steamboat gets everyone on same billing cycle

Some bills are higher because the city is working to get all of its customers on the same billing cycle, and the latest round of bills included 45 days of service for some customers instead of the usual 30.

Water forum panel believes Yampa River Basin has chance to do something different

Not that water hasn’t already been a major issue in the West, but Rep. Diane Mitsch Bush, D-Steamboat Springs, said, 2014 is the year of the Colorado water plan.

Business of Water Summit draws Colorado River stakeholders to Denver

Steamboat Springs nonprofits, including Friends of the Yampa and Protect the Flows, were represented at the summit, which aimed to advance water policy and incentivize conservation.

City of Steamboat Springs warns water customers about costs of frozen meters

The city of Steamboat Springs is advising residents to take measures to protect their water meters from freezing or bear the cost of replacing a broken one.

Gov. Hickenlooper discusses state's water future at Colorado Water Congress

As Gov. John Hickenlooper addressed the attendees of the Colorado Water Congress’ summer conference, some had doubts about the state’s role in water plans. But Hickenlooper stressed there were ways to reach solutions to Colorado’s water worries.

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Conservation lease in place; Yampa flows higher than in 2012

The Yampa River in Steamboat Springs, bolstered by a conservation lease of 4,000 acre-feet of water stored upstream in Stagecoach Reservoir, was flowing at healthier levels Tuesday than it did during the drought of 2012 when a similar lease was in place.

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Fish Creek flows return to normal levels in Steamboat Springs

Streamflows have returned to normal levels on Fish Creek through Steamboat Springs with the release of additional water from Fish Creek Reservoir.