Wading in the Water

“Wading in the Water” is a collaborative radio series produced by KBUT and High Country Conservation Advocates. The short, locally-produced segments are currently airing on KBUT on Tuesdays at 10 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. and 6:18 p.m. 

Water has always been a controversial matter in the West. ”Wading in the Water” seeks to shed light on the topic from a Gunnison Valley perspective by sparking a dialogue in our headwaters community about one of our most important resources and the responsibility we have to protect it. This summer’s series will focus on the new Watershed Management Planning process currently underway.

Wading in the Water #45: Watershed Management Planning Introduction

There’s a new and exciting water project starting in the Gunnison Basin. Watershed Management Planning is a collaborative effort amongst many different water stakeholders in the valley that assesses how to protect our water uses and environment, when facing increased pressure from climate change and increased local water demands from a growing populations. This past winter, the Upper Gunnison River Watershed Management Planning Committee received a grant from the Colorado Water Conservation Board to support watershed management planning in our basin. This summer’s Wading in the Water will take a look at this entire process: what is it, why is it important, how are we doing it, and who’s at the table? In this introductory episode, Chris Sturm from the Colorado Water Conservation Board gives us an overview of this process and how it’s happening across the state as part of the Colorado Water Plan.

Wading In The Water #46: How Increasing Populations Will Impact Our Water Systems in the Future

On last week’s episode, we learned about what watershed management planning is. In episode 46, we’ll start to take a look at why it’s important. It’s no doubt that the population of Colorado is growing rapidly, and that will affect our water supply and use in the future. Rosemary Carroll, local scientist and board member of the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, explains why we need to take a hard look at anticipated population growth when it comes to watershed management planning.

Wading In The Water #47: How Climate Change Will Impact Our Headwaters

In Episode #46, Rosemary Carroll connected the dots for us between anticipated population growth, climate change, and changing hydrological cycles. This week, Caroll is back, and she expands on last week’s episode by telling us more about the important things to keep in mind in watershed management planning when it comes to climate change and the future of our river basin.

Wading In The Water #48: Future Water Changes Outside of the Gunnison Basin

By now we know that in Colorado, and locally, our population is growing, our climate is changing, and this is going to impact our water supply in the future. But these changes will also have implications outside of our community in the Gunnison Basin. The Gunnison River is the 5th largest tributary to the Colorado River, which is not only a major water source for Colorado, but also for Utah, Arizona, Wyoming, New Mexico, Nevada, California and Mexico. Changes in our headwaters will not only affect our community but the entire Colorado River basin as well. In episode 48, John McClow, of counsel for the Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District, discusses our basin’s obligations to downstream states and users.

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