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Conservationists sue over plan to increase Colorado water storage capacity

Arizona relies heavily on the Colorado River, which analysts say is overallocated.

Yet Upper Basin states such as Colorado continue to look for ways to store water, and conservationists have filed suit to stop one such project.

Conservationists have long opposed expansion of a dam northwest of Denver that would divert an additional 5 billion gallons of water from the upper Colorado River watershed every year.

The coalition argues that the Army Corps of Engineers failed to consider that climate change would undermine the project, and that Denver, which has aggressively pursued conservation measures, doesn’t need the water. 

Ron Dungan has lived in Arizona for more than 35 years. He has worked as a reporter, construction worker, copy editor, designer and freelance writer. He's a graduate of the University of Iowa, where he was a member of the undergraduate Writers’ Workshop, and has a master’s in history from Arizona State University.Dungan was an outdoors reporter and member of the storyteller team at the Arizona Republic, where he won several awards, and was a contributor on a border project that won the 2018 Pulitzer for explanatory reporting.When not working, Dungan enjoys books, gardening, hanging out with his German shorthaired pointer, backpacking and fly-fishing. He's a fan of the Arizona Cardinals and Iowa Hawkeyes.