Posts by Kate Burchenal

Update for Ulysses S. Grant’s mining law on horizon?

While the West has transformed and evolved greatly since the pioneer days, mining laws remain largely unchanged. Hardrock mining and extraction is, to this day, governed by President Ulysses S. Grant’s General Mining Law of 1872. Five U.S. Senators, including Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado, have introduced the Hardrock Mining and Reclamation Act of 2015 […]

Eagle River has rebounded thanks to community support

Editor’s note: This is the second of two parts. Click here to read Part 1. As we all know, Colorado has a rich and fascinating history of mining that dates back to the late 1800s. Between 1991 and 1999, the Colorado Geological Survey inventoried abandoned and inactive mine sites on National Forest lands across the […]

Snow and rain: A tortoise and hare story

Here in Colorado, we tend to think of precipitation in discrete, measured amounts: Inches of snow, cubic feet per second, acre feet of water. In an arid region often afflicted by drought, this is an understandable way to perceive our water situation. But if we dig deeper, the issues we face surrounding water are much […]

Collaboration is Key for Water Solutions

Increasingly, water in Colorado (and around the West, for that matter) is becoming a fierce battleground with distinct lines drawn in the sand. We see environmentalists and recreationists squaring off against water suppliers; farmers duking it out with so-called “water grabbers”; and, unfortunately, the Front Range pitted against the Western Slope. And it’s no wonder […]

Hope remains for Colorado River Delta

Photo Credit: Zak Podmore. The Colorado River experimental pulse flow making its way through the desiccated Delta to meet the Gulf of California tidal channel.

In the current climate, speaking about water can often be disheartening: Water gaps, profound drought, escalating contention. But while those themes are extremely pertinent, they don’t tell the whole story. One experiment in particular reaffirms the notion that water law need not be stagnant; real, exciting changes can happen and are happening right now. Water […]

Volunteers clean Vail Valley’s roadways

A group of Vail Mountain School teachers proudly displays their haul at the 2014 CPHCU

Despite an impending winter storm warning, families, friends, companies and organizations gathered to beautify our valley Saturday during Eagle River Watershed Council’s 14th annual Community Pride Highway Cleanup presented by Vail Resorts Echo. With 90 individual teams tackling 140 miles of highway, the valley underwent a makeover in just a few hours. Many volunteers have […]

Looking at water by the numbers

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Did you know that Colorado is home to more than 700,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks? Think about that: 700,000 miles. Considering that the Earth’s circumference is approximately 25,000 miles, end to end; Colorado’s waterways could circle the globe 28 times. And if we want to take this comparison to outer space, then one […]

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A huge weight has been lifted! (Well… several times over at this point). Eagle River Watershed Council is ecstatic to announce that the tires..

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