The Knight-Risser Prize
for Western Environmental Journalism

2005 Prize Winning Series

This five-part series of articles was originally published in the Rocky Mountain News from Oct 2 - Oct 7, 2004.

The white-capped mountains that beckon to Front Range residents hold more than the promise of a fishing, kayaking or skiing paradise. Snowmelt from these peaks also supplies most of the water for city faucets and lawns.

But the heavily harvested rivers that flow through Winter Park, Breckenridge, Vail and Aspen are in danger of being crippled by a thirsty urban corridor.

In this series, the Rocky Mountain News looks at how water supplies in four mountain counties -- Grand, Summit, Pitkin and Eagle -- are increasingly strained by mountain, rural and urban use.


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