Booming Front Range Cities Take First Steps to Build $500 Million Dam, Reservoir Near Holy Cross Wilderness
Booming Front Range Cities Take First Steps to Build $500 Million Dam, Reservoir Near Holy Cross WildernessNews Type: Regional Source: The Denver Post
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A hundred miles from Colorado’s Front Range house-building boom, field scientist Delia Malone dug her fingers into spongy high-mountain wetlands at the edge of the Holy Cross Wilderness.
She found, about 15 inches underground, partially decayed roots, twigs and the cold moisture of a fen. These structures form over thousands of years and store water that seeps down from melting snow.
Malone has been digging about 20 holes a day, surveying fens for the U.S. Forest Service, to better understand nature’s water-storage systems — which sustain vegetation and stream flows that 40 million people across the Colorado RiverBasin rely on in the face of increasing aridity.