The second in a two-part report released Tuesday by a Boulder-based conservation group projects that water managers in the Arkansas River basin can exceed expected water demands by implementing a mix of conservation and small water storage projects.
Conservation groups are renewing calls for tighter environmental regulations to protect the Upper Colorado River, which supplies water for millions and also generates millions of dollars for western Colorado’s tourism-based economy.
This morning, Colorado regulators are expected to finalize new rules that will require oil and gas companies to make public the chemicals they use to hydraulically fracture wells. Much of the attention lately has been whether those “fracking” fluids that are mixed with sand and chemicals pose a risk to polluting ground water. But in Colorado there’s been far less scrutiny on just how much water the fracking process itself requires, until now.
A new report by the Oakland-based water think tank the Pacific Institute warns that climate change and continuing drought will put a further strain on energy production in Rocky Mountain states like Colorado.