Water

9:04am

Tue May 21, 2013
Mountain Snowpack

Measuring Snowpack for an Increasingly "Thirsty World"

NASA scientists are flying over mountains in Colorado and California. They're using high-tech gadgets to measure snowpack.
Credit NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory

A group of scientists are flying over mountains in California and Colorado this spring, measuring snowpack with high-tech gadgets. NASA’s Airborne Snow Observatory mission started last month over the Sierra Nevadas and Southwestern Colorado’s Uncompahgre River Basin. The idea is to measure the snow in a way that’s never been done before, to get an idea of how much water is stored there. Snowpack accounts for 75 % of the Western United States’ freshwater supply. And, as demands for water grow, scientists are working on solutions.

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7:59pm

Wed May 15, 2013
Sustainability

What Is Environmental Sustainability in Aspen?

CJ Oliver, Aspen’s Environmental Health Director, explains the proposed "dashboard" for tracking environmental sustainability.
Credit Elise Thatcher

The City of Aspen wants to know what “environmental sustainability” means to people here. Does it mean cleaner air or making sure there’s enough water to go around? Or maybe there’s another description It’s part of Aspen’s new effort to find out exactly how well the city is meeting its own sustainability goals.  Aspen Public Radio’s Elise Thatcher filed this report.

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3:41pm

Wed May 1, 2013
Water Rights

Forest Service Tries Again With Water Rights

Credit Photo by Colorado River Water Conservation District

As the demand for water grows in the West, there may come a day when water rights at ski areas will be worth more than lift tickets or real estate. Forest Service officials want to make sure those rights aren’t sold--but a previous attempt was struck down in court late last year. A judge decided, among other things, the agency didn’t get enough public input. This week saw the first of three public meetings... it’s the only one in Colorado. Denver Post reporter Jason Blevins was there.

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