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.

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What’s the beef with water?

photo: Jessica Brody of Denver Water

Photo: Jessica Brody, general counsel for Denver Water, has been a vegetarian since childhood. Not only do vegetables contribute to a healthy lifestyle, they have a relatively small water footprint. Photo credit: Denver Water.

Don’t have a cow man. Improve your wellness by reducing your water footprint.

Footprints can be seen in lots of places — in the sand, in the snow, on the moon, even in our water.

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Delivering water with Denver Water’s chess masters

photo of Phil Malone - delivering water with Denver’s chess masters

How operators distribute a reliable and efficient supply to one-quarter of the state’s population

photo depicts Phil Malone, one of the team of system operators at Denver Water.

Like playing a geographically dispersed game of chess with nearly 7,500 pieces, system operators like Phil Malone spend their days monitoring dozens of computer screens, making adjustments and decisions that run Denver Water’s entire water distribution system — one that requires strategy, … [more…]