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By Cary Denison A few days ago, I found myself standing in my yard yelling “Yeah, c’mon!?” while shaking my fist at a rather feeble-looking storm cloud. Now, I normally reserve this type of a pointless weekend lunacy for Broncos games and the like, but considering the dire state of the snowpack in [ READ MORE... ]
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The following commentary appeared originally in the Salt Lake Tribune.  By Scott Yates This year has given us a glimpse of our potential water future in the Colorado River Basin—and it’s not pretty. So far this winter, much of the Intermountain West is seeing below average snowpack in the mountains [ READ MORE... ]
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by Randy Scholfield There are people you know you can count on for a quick fishing road trip. Every year my old friend Cass and I try to get together somewhere between Denver, where I live, and Albuquerque, where he lives, for a fishing getaway.  It’s usually thrown together on very short notice. [ READ MORE... ]
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In this new TU video, Colorado ranchers Bill and Wendy Thompson tell how their stretch of the Upper Colorado River was plagued with low flows and drought that left their irrigation pumps high and dry and damaged the river’s health.Bill and Wendy Thompson from Trout Unlimited on Vimeo. Working [ READ MORE... ]
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By Richard Van Gytenbeek In 2015, Colorado finalized its first-ever statewide water plan, a thoughtful blueprint for improving water management in our state. Of particular interest to many Coloradans is the Colorado Water Plan’s goal of improving the environment and recreational opportunities on [ READ MORE... ]
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The new film “A River’s Reckoning,” produced by conservation groups Trout Unlimited and American Rivers, premiered Saturday at the 16th Annual Wild and Scenic Film Festival in Nevada City, Calif., one of the nation’s most popular and prestigious environmental film festivals.The film, an [ READ MORE... ]
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Q&A with Scott Yates Scott Yates, director of Trout Unlimited’s Western Water and Habitat Program, has worked for almost 20 years with ranchers and farmers on water and conservation projects across the West. He shares his thoughts on pursuing conservation in working landscapes: Q: Why is [ READ MORE... ]
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Utah farmer Kevin Cotner and his wife Kayleen in front of the Capitol building.  By Randy Scholfield It’s no secret that ranchers and conservationists haven’t always seen eye-to-eye. “We don’t usually sit down at the table with these folks,” said Kevin Cotner, a tall, mustachioed Utah farmer who [ READ MORE... ]
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Colorado pikeminnow: don't talk trash about natives (credit: U.S Fish and Wildlife) By Randy Scholfield Ugly fish. Trash fish. Suckers. Chubs. A lot of native fish in our rivers don’t get no respect. Many anglers consider them good for nothing, except for throwing back—way back onto the bank. But [ READ MORE... ]
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Fifth-grade students at Gilpin Elementary check out trout eggs that recently arrived.  by Dan Omasta It seemed like any other school day when Avery and Sammy stepped off the bus in the morning, except they knew this day was different. It was Tuesday--and that meant that the trout eggs had made the [ READ MORE... ]
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