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Water pressure

November 20, 2000

At the 10-year anniversary of William Reilly's veto of Colorado's proposed Two Forks dam, the continuing growth of Denver's sprawling suburbs leads some to worry that the dam might well be brought back to life.

Feature

Water pressure
At the 10-year anniversary of William Reilly's veto of Colorado's proposed Two Forks dam, the continuing growth of Denver's sprawling suburbs leads some to worry that the dam might well be brought back to life.

Sidebar

'The world would be different if not for the veto'
Denver Water Department head Hamlet 'Chips' Barry describes some of the lessons the city has learned from the Two Forks veto.
'Where is the metro area going to get its water?'
Former Colo. Gov. Dick Lamm believes that the state's continuing population growth will make the Two Forks veto a temporary and Pyrrhic victory.
'The suburbs have some bad choices'
Colorado River Water Conservation District head Eric Kuhn says the Denver suburbs have some difficult choices ahead in their quest for more water.

Essays

Old West guns down growth initiatives
The writer offers a post-mortem on the defeat of anti-sprawl initiatives in Arizona and Colorado.
In Arizona's growth fight, advertising defined reality
Arizona's anti-growth Proposition 202 failed largely because its well-heeled opponents blanketed the airways with often inaccurate advertising.

Perspective

A 'most improbable scenerio' has come to pass
HCN's political columnist considers the recent, weird and not-quite-finished election, and suggests that if George Bush turns out to be the winner, he will have to govern from the middle, which could prove good news for the environment.

Heard Around the West

Heard around the West
SPAM & Tofurky; suggestions for Wyoming 'Survivor' show; good bumper stickers; singer/songwriter Greg Brown;

Dear Friends

David Brower: Remembering the Archdruid
Conservationists mourn the recent death of David Brower, former Sierra Club director, founder of Friends of the Earth and Earth Island Institute, and passionate fighter against dams and for the wild.

News

Voters pummel planning, ban new elk farms
Among the Western election results highlighted are the failure of anti-sprawl initiatives in Colorado and Arizona, a ban on game farms in Montana, and legislative races in Montana, Idaho, Utah and Colorado.
Hear that whistle blowin'
Citizens of Creede, Colo., a small historic mining town, are split over businessman Don Shank's plans to run a tourist train from South park to Creede on Union Pacific's abandoned tracks.
A desert state axes water planning
Nevada conservationists are stunned by the recent dismantling of the state's Division of Water Planning, largely due to ranchers, miners and rural officials who resented the recommendations of its recently revised state water plan.
The latest bounce
Vermilion Cliffs is a new mounument in Ariz.; Forest Service can buy land in Colorado's Red Mountain Mining District; NFS to buy land in Wash. from Plum Creek Timber Co.
Anchors away?
A committee of rock climbers, wilderness advocates, Forest Service officials and others is at a stalemate on the question of whether permanent climbing anchors should be allowed in wilderness areas.
From nuclear fuel to nature trails
Oregon may set a precedent with its planned transformation of the defunct Trojan nuclear power plant into a state park.
On the phone, on the Rez
Wireless phones have become popular among the rural residents of the Southwest's sprawling Navajo Reservation.

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