Summer 2023: The Healthy Headwaters Issue
The Natural Infrastructure and Healthy Headwaters Issue
In the face of climate change and population growth, wildfire, drought and flooding, many in Colorado are looking to invest in natural infrastructure, or the beneficial functions healthy natural systems provide, to boost resilience for both communities and ecosystems. Restoration of the state’s headwater systems—where rivers and streams begin flowing—is gaining increased attention. It’s an evolving science and isn’t without challenges, however, and much remains unknown about how changes to these systems will affect downstream water users. View a flipbook of the issue or read articles below.
Where Messy is Best
July 2023 by Kelly Bastone
As Colorado’s source streams are rapidly changing, researchers, restoration practitioners, and downstream communities alike are looking to the past and learning from more pristine headwater systems to regain resilience.