Fresh Thinking: Freshwater Science Is Being Pioneered in Arizona

Fresh Thinking: Freshwater Science Is Being Pioneered in Arizona

About 71 percent of the Earth is covered by water, and most of that is ocean. Only 2.5 percent is fresh water, and only a fraction of that—1 percent—is easily accessible. The world’s population of 7.6 billion is expected to grow to 9.8 billion by the year 2050, which means by that year, more than half the people on Earth will live in water-stressed areas. The demand for potable and … [more…]

Well water users warned, Air Force Academy finds toxic level of firefighting chemical

Well water users warned after Air Force Academy finds toxic level of firefighting chemical

Air Force Academy firefighters training a quarter century ago released a torrent of toxic perfluorinated chemicals that seeped into groundwater and flowed into Monument Creek, a 15,000-page Air Force report released Friday shows.

A series of tests by Air Force researchers showed groundwater had 1,000 times the level of perfluorinated compounds considered safe by state and federal regulators. Records on the training that used firefighting foam loaded with the chemicals … [more…]

The Town That Extended ‘Smart Growth’ to Its Water

photo: Colorado city. The Town That Extended ‘Smart Growth’ to Its Water

Photo: The Rocky Mountains rise behind the Denver skyline. Charlie Riedel/AP

As Western states grapple with drought, Westminster, Colorado, has become a model for its integration of water data into the planning process.

As with so many towns in the West, the history of Westminster, Colorado, can be told through its water supply.

The turning point in that history was the hot, dry summer of 1962. Westminster was already embroiled … [more…]

What drought? These states are gearing up to draw more water from the Colorado.

photo: the Colorado River

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Wyoming wants to modify the Fontenelle Dam so it can use an extra 80,000 acre-feet of water from a tributary of the once-mighty Colorado River. At its headwaters, Denver Water hopes to expand a reservoir’s capacity by 77,000 acre-feet of water. And several hundred miles south, Utah is trying to build a pipeline that can funnel another 86,000 acre-feet out of the river.

There … [more…]

6 Colorado Kids Making a Difference

photo: Gitanjali Rao

Twelve-year-old Gitanjali Rao of Lone Tree. Photo courtesy Eliza Donley Nolte

Meet six remarkable Colorado tweens and teens who are making a positive impact in their community.

A Push for Safer Water

Gitanjali Rao, 12, Lone Tree

“I heard about the Flint water crisis, and it was appalling to me,” says 12-year-old Gitanjali Rao (pictured above). While the rest of us were wishing for better, this eighth grader took action, … [more…]