Connecting the Drops http://krcc.org en Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County http://krcc.org/post/post-flood-planning-boulder-county <p><br />The historic September 2013 flood reshaped waterways across Colorado’s northern Front Range, making major changes to both the manmade and natural environments.&nbsp; Over the past ten months, homeowners, planners and policy makers have grappled with difficult decisions over where and how to rebuild, and when to let Mother Nature take her new course.<br />&nbsp;</p><p></p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Sam Fuqua 22325 at http://krcc.org Post-Flood Planning in Boulder County Planning for the Future: Water Education for Colorado's Youth http://krcc.org/post/planning-future-water-education-colorados-youth <p><br />When it comes to water, Colorado’s kids can expect to face a challenging future;&nbsp; a growing population and increasing demand may mean difficult trade-offs.&nbsp; That’s one reason educators and policy-makers say it’s critical to teach young people about water management.</p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 01:00:06 +0000 Sam Fuqua 21775 at http://krcc.org Planning for the Future: Water Education for Colorado's Youth Water Conservation on the Minds of Colorado Brewers http://krcc.org/post/water-conservation-minds-colorado-brewers <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">With over 200 breweries and </span>brewpubs<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, Colorado is one of top beer producers in the country.&nbsp; All that beer requires a lot of water.&nbsp; Brewers large and small are working to conserve the precious liquid that is crucial to creating the other precious liquid.</span></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 22 May 2014 21:52:41 +0000 Sam Fuqua 19469 at http://krcc.org Water Conservation on the Minds of Colorado Brewers ICYMI: Connecting the Drops Call-In, Water & Energy http://krcc.org/post/icymi-connecting-drops-call-water-energy <p> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 04:15:13 +0000 Maeve Conran 17807 at http://krcc.org ICYMI: Connecting the Drops Call-In, Water & Energy Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Sunday on KRCC http://krcc.org/post/connecting-drops-live-call-sunday-krcc <p> Sun, 13 Apr 2014 15:11:32 +0000 Andrea Chalfin 17644 at http://krcc.org Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Sunday on KRCC Colorado Leads the Charge in Small Hydropower Projects http://krcc.org/post/colorado-leads-charge-small-hydropower-projects <p></p><p>Using the force of moving water to generate electricity is an old idea.&nbsp; For much of the 20th century, hydroelectric technology led to the construction of giant dams across the American West and around the world.&nbsp;&nbsp; But big hydro projects have a big impact on surrounding ecosystems, and Colorado is at the center of a growing move toward hydropower on a smaller scale.<br />&nbsp;</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 13:33:00 +0000 Andrea Chalfin & Sam Fuqua 16852 at http://krcc.org Colorado Leads the Charge in Small Hydropower Projects Water Use and Electric Generation http://krcc.org/post/water-use-and-electric-generation <p><br />It takes water to produce electricity, but <em>how much</em> water varies a lot depending on the fuel source and the power generating technology. In Colorado, around half a percent of our total water usage is used to generate electricity.<br />&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s a small percentage, says Stacy </span>Tellinghusen<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, water policy analyst for Western Resource Advocates, a non-profit conservation group, but adds that it’s not inconsequential.&nbsp;</span></p> Fri, 14 Feb 2014 14:47:00 +0000 Sam Fuqua 15037 at http://krcc.org Water Use and Electric Generation The Shoshone Power Plant: "A Big Dog on the River" http://krcc.org/post/shoshone-power-plant-big-dog-river <p></p><p>A complex series of agreements govern the distribution of water throughout the state.&nbsp; Along the Colorado River, farms, cities &amp; towns, and the recreation industry are all big players.&nbsp; But everyone takes a backseat to a tiny hydroelectric plant that’s over one hundred years old. &nbsp;It’s the <a href="http://www.xcelenergy.com/About_Us/Our_Company/Power_Generation/Shoshone_Generating_Station" target="_blank">Shoshone Generating Station</a>, and it plays a critical role on the Upper Colorado.</p><p><br /><p><br /></p></p> Mon, 09 Dec 2013 14:11:22 +0000 Maeve Conran 12390 at http://krcc.org The Shoshone Power Plant: "A Big Dog on the River" Buy & Dry: Selling Agricultural Water to Growing Cities http://krcc.org/post/buy-dry-selling-agricultural-water-growing-cities <p>Water has always been a source of conflict in the arid West, but in recent years the conflict between agriculture and growing cities has escalated as both entities compete for this limited resource. KGNU’s Maeve Conran has this story as part of our year long series Connecting the Drops.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 23 Oct 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Maeve Conran 10364 at http://krcc.org Buy & Dry: Selling Agricultural Water to Growing Cities ICYMI: Connecting the Drops, Special Call-In Program on the Colorado River http://krcc.org/post/icymi-connecting-drops-special-call-program-colorado-river <p>On Sunday, September 15th, KRCC aired a special one-hour call-in show on the Colorado River as part of our year-long <em>Connecting the Drops</em> collaboration. &nbsp;The guests were Taylor Hawes, director of the <a href="http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/areas/coloradoriver/index.htm" target="_blank">Nature Conservancy's Colorado River Program</a>, who recently testified before the U.S. Wed, 18 Sep 2013 20:57:23 +0000 Maeve Conran & Eric Skalac 8826 at http://krcc.org ICYMI: Connecting the Drops, Special Call-In Program on the Colorado River Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC http://krcc.org/post/connecting-drops-live-call-today-krcc <p></p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 19:47:46 +0000 Delaney Utterback & Andrea Chalfin 8652 at http://krcc.org Connecting the Drops Live Call-In Today on KRCC Rethinking Reservoirs http://krcc.org/post/rethinking-reservoirs <p>All around Colorado, new collaborations are emerging around water storage and water use.&nbsp; Partnerships with reservoirs are turning out to be key in terms of environmental stewardship, river protection, and healthy communities that rely on water. &nbsp;As part of our year long series Connecting the Drops, KGNU's Maeve Conran looks at some of these collaborations that have produced tangible results.<br>&nbsp;</p> Wed, 04 Sep 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Maeve Conran 8084 at http://krcc.org Rethinking Reservoirs Shrinking Aquifers in the San Luis Valley http://krcc.org/post/shrinking-aquifers-san-luis-valley <p></p><p>In early July, Colorado designated 14 counties "primary natural disaster areas" due to agricultural losses caused by the recent and ongoing drought. &nbsp;Several of those counties are in the San Luis Valley in south central Colorado. &nbsp;Farmers there are now eligible for low interest emergency loans, but as KGNU’s Maeve Conran reports, that may not be enough for this agricultural hub, which is facing a long term water crisis that could permanently affect the entire valley.&nbsp;</p><p></p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 13:33:00 +0000 Maeve Conran 6319 at http://krcc.org Shrinking Aquifers in the San Luis Valley