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Animas River Is Not Toxic, State Health Dept. Claims

One week after three million gallons of wastewater spilled into the Animas River in Durango, the executive director of the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment tells 5280 that the river is safe—and they don't expect any long-term health effects.

Pints for the Planet

Algae helps Upslope Brewing Company make beer you can feel good about drinking.

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High + Dry

For decades, Crowley County’s farmers sold off their water, gallon by gallon. No one could have anticipated what would happen next.

Colorado’s Energy Portfolio

From our electricity bills to how much coal we mine, here’s an inside look at how the state uses power.

40 Ways to Be Greener Every Day

We hate to break it to you, Colorado, but very few of us are as eco-friendly as we profess to be. Here are 40 ways to change that.

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Preserving Our Natural Heritage

Legendary writer and nature photographer John Fielder reflects on preserving the delicate balance between Colorado's ecology and economy. 

The Forest Scoreboard

Aspen environmentalists give Colorado’s forests an annual checkup. 

Head of the Class

How Colorado has helped fund construction of new, LEED-certified schools.

Waste Not

Forget bottles, cans, and newspapers: The boldest form of recycling in Colorado is reusing the stuff you flush down the toilet. 

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Mountain Stewards

Colorado ski resorts are thinking green to keep their white.

Tune Up

A new garage helps cars run green.

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