Sustainability

Growing small towns along Colorado’s Front Range plan for less water

SEVERANCE, Colorado – As persistent drought strains Colorado and tens of thousands of newcomers move to the bustling Front Range each year, small towns like Severance are thinking about growth and water usage in ways they never have before.


As Telegraph Fire nears containment, a first look at the damage

GLOBE – The Telegraph Fire is one of the largest Arizona wildfires in the state’s history. Experts said the area, east of metro Phoenix in the Tonto National Forest, is accustomed to seasonal wildfires and expected to recover.


Another dry year on the Colorado could force states and feds back to negotiating table

The Drought Contingency Plan signed in 2019 was meant to provide a roadmap to negotiating the persistent drought, but water managers may need to rethink things – perhaps as early as next year.


Transitioning from coal is the goal – how to get there is the question

WASHINGTON – Navajo and Hopi witnesses agreed the region needs to move away from its economic dependence on coal, but specific proposals on how to get there remained elusive after a House hearing Tuesday.


As wildfire season looms, some areas still recovering from 2020 blazes

As the Western U.S. steels itself for another summer of dry, fire-prone conditions, some are turning their attention to recovering from last season’s blazes that left behind areas prone to mudslides and dangerous runoff.


National park visitors – and money – returning after 2020 plunge

WASHINGTON - After hitting a 40-year low in the pandemic year of 2020, national park visitors - and their dollars - are steadily returning, but they are still below pre-pandemic levels, according to new National Park Service data.


Western states looking closely at water supplies, including some duck ponds in Colorado

Water supplies are so tight in the West that many states keep close watch over every creek, river, ditch and reservoir. A complex web of laws and rules makes sure water is put to use. To prevent any waste, Colorado has started cracking down on what may seem like a drop in the proverbial bucket.


Hot, dry forecast offers little hope for relief as wildfires rage

WASHINGTON - A half-dozen wildfires were burning close to 140,000 acres across Arizona Tuesday and growing, as heat, wind and drought conditions complicated firefighting efforts, officials said.


Worsening drought in the West weighs on farmers’ mental health

Farms in the Four Corners region are experiencing extreme drought conditions, which have been hard for both crops and farmers' mental health.