Water challenge? Nature’s got a fix

From water quality and shortages to climate change and the environment, a look at solutions to some universal problems.

March 19, 2018 | By: Travis Thompson

Just like Bubba, the shrimp-talking best friend of Forrest Gump in the iconic movie, here at TAP, we spend our days obsessed with one topic: Water.

So, when the United Nations announced that this year’s World Water Day campaign was about looking to nature to solve future water challenges, we thought we would share some of our stories that make that connection.

Global water shortages

Cape Town Stadium
Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. The stadium was built for the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Photo credit, Sharon Ang, Pixabay Creative Commons

 

Because current and future water challenges are universal, we explore these issues and how they relate to us here in the Mile High City in these two features: “Can Day Zero happen here?” and “When in Rome: Water as the Denverites water.”

Denver’s future challenges

employees stationed in Winter Park take measurements of snowpack
Denver Water employees stationed in Winter Park take measurements of snowpack.

 

When it comes to the uncertain future of water supply, we look to our experts, like Denver Water’s staff climate scientist, Laurna Kaatz, as well as our team of planners. Read, “They’re coming. Will we have enough water?” to learn how they are “Preparing Denver for multiple futures, not just one.”

For more on our future challenges and what Denver Water is doing about them, check out:

Solutions start at the source

More than 800,000 trees have been planted in burn areas as part of From Forest to Faucets.
More than 800,000 trees have been planted in burn areas as part of From Forest to Faucets.

 

Part of World Water Day’s theme is “nature-based solutions,” which include forest health. For Denver Water, healthy forests means healthy rivers and reservoirs that make up our watersheds.

Watch “What it takes to protect forests and watersheds year-round” and read “Warm weather, wildfires and watersheds” to learn how investing in reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires improves the water quality flowing into our reservoirs. Rocker Chuck Leavell has even “rolled” into Denver Water to feature our work to maintain healthy forests.

Healthy rivers = happy fish

Rainbow and brown trout are healthiest in 50- to 60-degree water.

 

We value water not just for drinking water supplies, but also for the environment.

Here are a few stories highlighting work to keep our streams and rivers healthy and flowing:

Not to mention, keeping the fish happy:

We’re all in this together. Without a water future, there simply is no future. The good news is that Denverites continue to save water, building a more resilient community and helping to maintain the natural habitats of our watersheds.

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