The Colorado College State of the Rockies Project releases the 2015 Conservation in the West Poll

Click here to go to the State of the Rockies Project website to read the report. Here’s an excerpt: The 2015 Conservation in the West Poll, now in its fifth year, was recently released by Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project. The survey of 2,400 registered voters in six western states provides an annual […]

The 2013 ‘State of the Rockies Report Card’ is hot off the presses #ColoradoRiver

Click here to go to the download page at Colorado College. Here’s an excerpt: The Colorado River Basin, covering a major portion of the eight-state Rockies region and extending into Mexico, has been the unified focus for all parts to the State of the Rockies Project during summer 2011 and the 2011-12 academic year and […]

State of the Rockies Project: Whither climate variability in the Colorado River basin?

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): Climate variability was one of the areas student researchers at Colorado College included in this year’s “State of the Rockies” report card, unveiled last week. The students recommended legal changes and management options that maintain the sustainability of the river. It’s important to the Arkansas River basin because more […]

State of the Rockies Project: ‘It’s so hard to imagine when you look at the river as it passes through Glenwood Springs that it just dries up at the Mexico border’ — Zak Podmore

From the Glenwood Springs Post Independent (John Stroud): “Where there used to be 3,000 square miles of wetlands in the Colorado River delta, there is now less than 10 percent remaining,” Podmore described. “It’s so hard to imagine when you look at the river as it passes through Glenwood Springs that it just dries up […]

The ‘State of the Rockies Report Card’ is hot off the press

Here’s the announcement from the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: This 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card is titled The Colorado River Basin: Agenda for Use, Restoration, and Sustainability for the Next Generation. The sections of the Report Card include a summary of the Rockies Project Source to Sea trip, an investigation […]

State of the Rockies Project: Governor Hickenlooper names conservation as a major part of the solution to Colorado’s supply gap

From The Pueblo Chieftain (Chris Woodka): While talking about the ongoing efforts to find statewide solutions through the more traditional route of roundtable meetings, Gov. John Hickenlooper suggested the answer to projected water shortfalls could be found in social media — the favored means of communication and sometimes creative solutions for today’s young people. Hickenlooper […]

State of the Rockies Project: Interior Secretary Salazar says develop but protect the environment at the same time

From the Associated Press via the San Francisco Chronicle: Salazar spoke during the State of the Rockies Project conference at Colorado College, where students have been studying how to preserve the Colorado River basin… …climate change, drought and population growth in the West have heightened interest in how the states and Mexico can continue sharing […]

Colorado College: The State of the Rockies Conference takes place this week along with the release of the ‘State of the Rockies Report Card’

From the website: As a culmination of this year’s State of the Rockies Project work on the Colorado River Basin, the Project will be hosting a conference on the Colorado College Campus on April 9th and 10th, 2012. In addition to the release of the 2012 State of the Rockies Report Card, we will have […]

State of the Rockies Project: Will and Zak release a new video — ‘A Paddler’s Perspective on the Colorado River Delta’

Here’s the link to the video. Will and Zak paddled from the headwaters of the Green River to the Colorado River Delta as researchers for Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project. More Colorado River Basin coverage here.

Colorado College 2012 State of the Rockies Project: Zak Podmore — ‘Where’s the river?’

Here’s an article by Zak Podmore about the State of the Rockies Source to Sea adventure where he and Will Stauffer-Norris paddled from the headwaters of the Green River to the Colorado River Delta. Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for short bios of both paddlers. Click through and read the whole article. […]

Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Will and Zak are almost to the end of their boat journey down the Colorado to the Sea of Cortez

Click on the thumbnail graphic to the right for the SPOT map of their location. From email from Jon Pushkin (Pushkin Public Relations): Just a quick update. Will and Zak are nearly at the end of their four-month, Source to Sea journey down the Colorado River. You can see their new videos and photos here: […]

State of the Rockies Project scores $175,000 from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to assess attitudes about conservation in six Western states

Here’s the release from Colorado College (Leslie Weddell): Colorado College’s State of the Rockies Project has received a $175,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to conduct a poll assessing attitudes toward conservation in six Western states. 
 The “Colorado College State of the Rockies 2012 Conservation in the West Poll” to be conducted […]

State of the Rockies Project: Should the Colorado River Compact be updated for the realities of the 21st Century?

Last Monday Justice Greg Hobbs and law professor Larry MacDonnell were the guests of the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The subject was the Colorado River and its future, including Native American claims. Also discussed was the need to water population growth in Colorado and elswhere and whether or not the river has […]

Colorado College: The next State of the Rockies Project speaker series topic is ‘The law and the Colorado River’

Colorado Supreme Court Justice Gregory Hobbs and Colorado River legal scholar Larry MacDonnell will discuss the Colorado River Compact on October 17. The presentation is the next for the State of the Rockies Project speakers series. Since it’s been a while since I published one of Justice Hobbs’ poems I thought this would be a […]

Colorado College State of the Rockies Project presents ‘The Law and the Colorado River’ October 17

Update: I had the wrong date in the original headline. Here’s the release from Colorado College (Leslie Weddell): Can a 90-Year-Old Set of Colorado River Laws Work in the 21st Century? Colorado Supreme Court Justice and Colorado River Legal Scholar
 to Discuss Implications of the Law of the River The future of the Colorado River […]

Colorado College ‘State of the Rockies monthly Speaker Series’ kicks off September 12

Update: From the press release for Monday night (Leslie Weddell): Acclaimed photographer Peter McBride and award-winning author Jonathan Waterman will kick off the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Speakers Series on Monday, Sept. 12, presenting “The Colorado River: Flowing Through Conflict,” a discussion on the issues affecting the Colorado River Basin. They will […]

Colorado College: State of the Rockies 2011 research focus topic is ‘The Colorado River: Agenda for Use, Restoration and Sustainability as if the Next Generation Counts’

An July 15, 2011 email from Rhiannon Hendrickson got buried in my inbox. She describes the students’ research topic this year. A thousand pardons. From her email: I’m working with Colorado College to help promote its State of the Rockies project which seeks to increase public understanding of vital issues affecting the Rockies. This year’s […]

Colorado College State of the Rockies Project releases ‘Conservation in the West’ survey: Westerners favor environmental protection

Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project: Majority of Western Voters Believe Environmental Protections, Strong Economy Can Co-Exist First-ever “Conservation in the West Survey” measures voters’ environmental attitudes in Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — A new bi-partisan poll of inter-mountain West voters shows that a strong […]

Water woes among top voter concerns in the west — Conservation in the West poll

From The Greeley Tribune (Kayla Young): Concern over water conservation and management for the first time rivals unemployment in the minds of voters in the West, according to recent data released by the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project. The study polled 400 voters each from Arizona, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, […]

New Survey: Conservation Could Impact 2014’s Ballot Box — Colorado College

Here’s the release from the Colorado College State of the Rockies Project: Conservation and land use issues could have the power to sway how westerners vote in 2014 elections, according to the new Colorado College State of the Rockies Project Conservation in the West Poll. “The West is a major political battlefield this year, and […]

Conservation: ‘Preservation of our environment is not a partisan challenge; it’s common sense’ — Ronald Reagan

From The Trinidad Times (Jim Dipeso): Imagine a Republican leader who racked up the following achievements: He fought smog by regulating vehicle emissions, kept dams from choking free-flowing rivers, set aside big chunks of wild backcountry for permanent protection, and supported a strong treaty to prevent harmful gases from mucking up the atmosphere. Democratic operatives […]

Upper Colorado River Basin Water Conference November 8-9 #CORiver

From the Grand Junction Free Press (Hannah Holm): The conference, organized by CMU’s Water Center, will bring together water experts, policy makers and stakeholders from Colorado, Utah, New Mexico, Wyoming and Nevada for presentations on how we can better understand and respond to drier conditions. Conference-related events begin Wednesday evening Nov. 7 and continue through […]

Conservation in the West poll: Western voters across political spectrum agree — public lands are essential to our economy

Here’s the release from the State of the Rockies Project: The results from the 2012 Colorado College State of the Rockies Conservation in the West poll find that western voters across the political spectrum – from Tea Party supporters to those who identify with the Occupy Wall Street movement and voters in- between – view […]

Animas-La Plata Project: Colorado and Reclamation are getting close to a deal for storage in Lake Nighthorse

From the Associated Press (Catharine Tsai) via The Columbus Republic: Colorado’s Legislature has authorized paying $36 million to the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation for its share of 10,460 acre-feet of water, plus interest on construction costs. But the interest has been building, and the $36 million likely won’t cover everything Colorado owes. The tribes had […]

Ben Noreen to Colorado Springs residents (and the Front Range), ‘Your faucet depends on a dwindling resource’

Ben Noreen was at the State of the Rockies speakers series presentation Monday night and penned this wakeup call for Colorado Springs residents, running in The Colorado Springs Gazette. From the column: In Colorado Springs there is a tendency to think the [Colorado River] is far away, even though 70 to 80 percent of the […]

‘Source to Fontenelle’ is the title of Will and Zak’s first video chronicling their journey from ‘Source to Sea’

Update: I just realized that I didn’t include the link to the video in yesterday’s post. “For some reason we’re starting this in October,” (Will or Zak) says, standing down valley from the headwaters of the Green River. The video shows some of the country and critters they’ve passed by in the first leg to […]

Dan Morgan, ‘I don’t think anyone should expect Washington to do the right thing if citizens aren’t informed and raising hell

Here’s a recap of College’s State of the Rockies series Monday session, from Chris Woodka writing for The Pueblo Chieftain. From the article: Among its many activities, the Environmental Working Group has compiled a database that details federal farm subsidies for conservation, disaster and crop support down to the farm level. For instance, Colorado farms […]