Cooling the Yampa’s Hot Flows

Water management in the American West historically lacked consideration for the rivers themselves, with water was only considered of value when it was taken out of the river and put to use elsewhere—ending up in a faucet or irrigating crops. While legally, Colorado has seen significant changes around these management practices, climate change, drought and the over-allocation of water, has led to high water temperatures and low flows on many of the state’s rivers, as seen this year. But communities around Colorado are engaging people, often on different sides of water conflicts, with a view to improving the ecological health of the water systems. Hear what the City of Steamboat Springs has been working on with its new stream management plan.

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