A pilot program in Colorado is being tested to determine if it can help protect river flows during dry periods.
Even if more snow falls in Colorado later this winter, it might not make up for a record low in precipitation across the state, say meteorologists. In response to this bad news, utilities have stepped up monitoring of reserves to determine how much water they can leave in reservoirs that will not threaten dam capacity if more snow and rain eventually fall.
In the quarter ending June 30, 2017, Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) closed 14 loans totaling nearly $8 million to assist rural communities in Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Among those that received loans were a nonprofit organization that supports Arizona migrant workers and a rural Nevada food hub.
The Ute Indian Museum, which originally opened its doors in 1956, recently celebrated its completed expansion and renovations. The museum, located in Montrose, Colorado, sits on land purchased during the 1920s
Three recent studies reveal shrinking water supplies in the West. All three studies indicate a warming climate is significantly impacting water supplies.