How We Talk About the California Drought

I’m a TA for a class on environment and the media this semester, and I’ve been thinking a lot about our discourse around water issues and how it affects people’s perceptions of complex problems. Nowhere have I seen the simplification and outrage that is prevalent in our treatment of environmental issues more than with the…

Bear Canyon Creek underpass

The Boulder County Floods

It’s quite a sight to see a raging river where you didn’t even know there was a creek. This was the sighted that greeted me on the afternoon of Thursday, the 12th of September, 2013. Bear Canyon Creek, which flows in a road median in south Boulder, was announcing its presence with a thunderous roar.…

"Snake diagram" of stream flows leaving Colorado

Transbasin Diversions in Colorado: A History

This post is the first in a series fulfilling requirements for ENVS 5000: Policy, Science and the Environment, at the University of Colorado Boulder. Perhaps the signature element of water resource management in Colorado is trans-basin diversions. As the name implies, these are artificial diversions of water from one drainage basin to another. In other…