Thursday, Oct. 19, 2017

Growing pains

Colorado’s 5 key issues as the state’s population swells

Visitors spend a hot morning out on the water at the Aurora Reservoir on Aug. 24, 2017, in Aurora. (Kathryn Scott, YourHub)


Denver Post & Colorado State Demography Office

State demographers expect Colorado to add another 2.2 million people by 2040. That's a 39 percent jump from the 5.6 million people there today, a slow and steady increase. But the trouble is this: The more people that Colorado has, the harder it’ll be to preserve nature. Conservation efforts are already underway, but many believe technology will have to advance, as well, or Colorado may face some hard decisions about water rights.


This Nevada agency is still fighting for a pipeline

Water Deeply

In the 1980s, the Southern Nevada Water Authority proposed a 250-mile pipeline that would pump billions of gallons of rural groundwater to Las Vegas. The pipeline was never built, and Vegas, which gets 90 percent of its drinking water from the Colorado River, never experienced a water shortage. Yet the water agency is still actively pursuing the pipeline, despite legal challenges. Why?


Researchers propose an open 'internet of water'


Where did the water coming out of your tap come from? How is it filtered and purified? How much does it cost the city and state per gallon to deliver? How can they improve that? These questions come naturally as fresh water becomes more and more valuable a resource — and we need a shared, open 'internet of water' to answer them, researchers from Duke University and the Aspen Institute say.