Farewell to the Snake

I just wanted to share this great diagram that CWCB Director James Eklund (@EklundCWCB) presented at the Sustaining Colorado Watersheds Conference this year. I will officially retire the venerable Snake Diagram from this website in favor of this one, which shows variability between typical wet and dry years in each river. We need a name…

Water Transfers and the Future of the West: Options

This is the fourth part (Part 1, Part 2, Part 3) in a series sharing my year-long research into agriculture-to-municipal (AMI) water transfers from scientific, ethical, and practical perspectives. In this section, I explore policy options- some well used, some less so- to mitigate the undesirable effects of AMI transfers on third parties while preserving…

Two Candidates, No Positions

Just something funny I noticed yesterday- both major party gubernatorial candidates spoke to the meeting of the Colorado Water Congress in Aspen this week. Here are two stories from Aspen Journalism:   Governor thinks new major dam project “unlikely” Beauprez calls for new water storage projects The Water Congress is the main lobby for entrenched…

Water Transfers and the Future of the West: Tradeoffs

This is the third part in a series (Part 1, Part 2) sharing my year-long research into agriculture-to-municipal (AMI) water transfers from scientific, ethical and practical perspectives. In this section, I examine the justification (or lack thereof) for trading rural livelihoods for urban growth, and I argue for legal protections for rural areas of origin,…

Water Use is Like the Library

I happen to be writing from the Boulder Public Library today (they have excellent air conditioning and my house is hotter than the Mojave Desert). I’ve also been thinking about water management on a more basic level- what should be our guiding principle? This Reddit AMA and the general gist of argument by David Zetland…