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Looking back to when water was plentiful

By David Marston

During his 50 years in rural western Colorado, Jamie Jacobson has seen a lot of flooding. While caretaking a farm…

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Urban-rural divide is alive and well

By Allen Best

“The annual Western Stock Show puts cowboy hats in high-end restaurants and strip joints alike.”

Photograph by Allen Best, outside of Akron, CO

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The West badly needs a restoration economy

By Jonathan Thompson

“Restoration work is not fixing beautiful machinery … It is accepting an abandoned responsibility,”

Photograph courtesy of Allan Nash, open pit coal mine in Wyoming’s Powder River Basin

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If You Like Fish and Birds, Hug a Cow

By Sharon and Pat O’Toole

“Eighty-five percent of grazing lands — think sagebrush steppe or high desert landscapes — are not suitable for any other type of food production”

Photograph by Angela Mulligan, Courtesy of Unsplash

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If the Water Goes, the Desert Moves in

By David Marston

“Without water, you’ve got nothing around here.”

Photograph by David Marston

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Here’s how to save the Colorado River

By Bruce Babbitt

“By retiring less than 10 per cent of this irrigated acreage from production, we could eliminate the existing million acre-foot overdraft on the Colorado River..”

Photo by John Gibbons, from Unsplash

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