Colorado River Getting a Boost: New Project Adding Water to 15-Mile Reach

Fox21 News Colorado

For around 40 million people, from Wyoming to California, their water comes from Colorado. Studies have shown the Colorado River is sensitive to recent warming trends and drought and water levels are dropping as a result. A new project spearheaded by the non-profit organization, Colorado Water Trust, hopes to boost water levels and the health of the river.

“More and more frequently it appears that our rivers are in need, particularly in late summer months and early fall months,” said Kate Ryan.

Ryan is the project manager for this Colorado Water Trust 15-Mile Reach project.

“The Colorado Water Trust is a non-profit organization that works statewide on projects to restore to Colorado’s rivers in need. We were founded back in 2001,” Ryan said.

This project will focus on an important stretch of the river, called the 15-Mile Reach, where they’ve seen a startling trend. This stream segment begins just east of Grand Junction and ends where the Gunnison River merges with the Colorado River.


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Fox21 News Colorado
Valerie Mills
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