A Secure Water Future for Colorado

| by Laura Belanger

This article was co-authored by Laura Belanger, WRA's senior water resources engineer and policy advisor, and Charlotte Roehm, WRA's deputy director for water planning. It originally appeared in Colorado Municipalities Magazine on October 5, 2020. By mid-summer, 100% of Colorado was experiencing drought with 60% of the state experiencing “severe” to “exceptional” drought. Projections indicate... Read more »

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Seven drought resistant plants to help you cut back at the tap

| by Laura Belanger

So you want to decrease your water use at home? Landscaping with drought resistant plants is a great place to start.


Meet the Four Endangered Fish of the Colorado River

| by Laura Belanger

The Colorado River’s four longest-living fish might be funny to look at, but they are hard-nosed survivors, having evolved between 3-5 million years ago and survived as a species over the eons. Today, they are an integral part of the ecosystem, yet their future in the modern river is uncertain. The Colorado River has changed... Read more »

New Partnership Demonstrates How to Produce the Water of the Future

| by Laura Belanger

Water has always been too valuable to use just once. As we search for new ways to meet our growing demand for water in the West, water recycling and reuse has emerged as a solution with growing interest and popularity. While recycling and reusing our water may seem like a revolutionary new strategy, the concept... Read more »

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How Water Reuse Can Help Meet the West’s Water Needs

| by Laura Belanger

The West faces a water supply gap, and the reasons are simple. Our quickly growing cities and towns are adding demands on our already stretched water supplies. Water reuse can help us fill the gap.


Think Water Reuse Isn’t Exciting? Think Again!

| by Laura Belanger

Colorado Takes Action to Increase Recycling of Water


Making Great Strides towards Improving Public Access to Oil and Gas Data – Working Together with the Colorado Oil and Gas Conservation Commission

| by Laura Belanger

2015 has been a banner year for progress in transparency and public access to Colorado data.


WRA Helps Shape Stronger Oil and Gas Penalties for Colorado

| by Laura Belanger

Higher fines will serve as a strong deterrent and will encourage oil and gas operators to more quickly come into compliance when violations do occur.