Colorado has led the West in protecting water for the environment. Now it is adding a slew of new tools to its portfolio

Nearly 50 years ago, Colorado was one of the first Western states to mandate that water be left in streams to protect fish, habitat and wildlife. This year a major expansion of that ground-breaking effort begins with a bipartisan series of laws and regulations that allow emergency loans of water to drought-stricken streams and several other tools. Join us as Linda Bassi, who has helped negotiate dozens of complicated environmental water rights, explains the new effort.