Bob Rawlings was at the helm of the Pueblo Chieftain for more than 37 years and was a powerful force in protecting Southeastern Colorado's water resources. Rawlings died earlier this year at age 92.
CDPHE recently upped its enforcement on groundwater monitoring with smaller landfills that accept up to 20 tons of waste per day.
Manure runs downhill. It’s just a matter of where it ends up.
A short stretch of the river drops into a narrow channel that allows to run deeper, faster and colder.
The US and Mexico signed a new agreement to share water from the Colorado River, and improve conservation in Mexico, particularly on farms.
The agreement includes spending millions of dollars on conservation projects and drawing up plans to deal with drought and climate change.
The EPA is installing a barrier at the mine outside Silverton to prevent another spill like the one in 2015 that sent 3 million gallons of toxic water into rivers.
Millions of people rely on crops and cattle that feed off the aquifer. As streams dry up, conservation becomes key.
Overall, the river serves more than 40 million people in cities, farms and tribes in Arizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. Mexico also gets a share.
Utah wants cleanup compensation and unspecified damages in the 3-million-gallon Gold King Mine spill that was accidently triggered by EPA contractors.