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.

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Water leased by Colorado Water Trust starts flowing into Yampa

On Tuesday morning, the Upper Yampa Water Conservancy District began releasing water leased by the Colorado Water Trust into the Yampa River to help bolster flows.

July rainfall in Steamboat Springs pacing ahead of monthly norms

The National Weather Service in Grand Junction doesn’t foresee any precipitation in the next six days, but it will be hot. The daily highs could bump 90 degrees through Thursday.

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Colorado Water Trust once again leases water to boost Yampa River flows

The Yampa River will get another significant boost this summer when 4,000 acre-feet of water leased by the Colorado Water Trust once again starts to flow out of Stagecoach Reservoir.

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New urgency in planning water needs

The question mulled around the evening campfires by the members of the Yampa River Awareness Project expedition was not only whether the Yampa is worth preserving in its current state but also how that might be done while meeting the West’s demand for more water for human consumption.