The Institute for Science & Policy Introduces Podcast's Second Season: Water Under Pressure

POSTED: 11/18/2022

The Institute for Science & Policy Launches New Podcast: Water Under Pressure


Maurilio Tapia
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The Institute for Science & Policy at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science launches the second season of its award-winning podcast, Water Under Pressure, which investigates the true cost of Colorado’s water.

DENVER – Today, the Institute for Science & Policy, a project of the Denver Museum of Nature & Science, releases a new podcast, “Water, Under Pressure: The Uncertain Future of Colorado’s Most Valuable Resource.” This is a five-episode series exploring the tradeoffs and difficult decisions needed to manage our water system in Colorado. Through in-depth interviews and storytelling, the series uncovers the complexities of a community that relies heavily on agriculture and the increasing value of water for myriad uses across the state.

“Investigating where our water comes from and who decides what we do with it, especially as we face explosive growth and climate change, is a compelling story,” said Kristan Uhlenbrock, director of the Institute for Science & Policy.

The series unpacks the debate over whether to pump water from the San Luis Valley and sell it to the growing Front Range. And with county coffers full of federal dollars they must spend, the pressure is even greater on communities that have water and those who need it for populations that continue to boom. 

The podcast features on-the-ground reporting and exclusive interviews including:

  • Cleave Simpson, Colorado State Senator, District 35
  • Kate Greenberg, Colorado Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Heather Dutton, Manager, San Luis Valley Water Conservancy District
  • Abe Laydon, Douglas County Commissioner
  • Kevin Rein, State Engineer, Division of Water Resources
  • Brad Udall, Senior Water and Climate Research Scientist, Colorado State University
  • Cindy Medina, Alamosa Riverkeepers
  • James Eklund, water lawyer, Sherman & Howard LLC
  • Greg Brophy, former State Senator, District 1
  • Chris Canaly, Director, San Luis Valley Ecosystem Council
  • And more...

Water, Under Pressure: The Uncertain Future of Colorado’s Most Valuable Resource is produced in partnership with House of Pod, a Denver-based podcast company that develops and incubates original audio content. New podcast episodes are released weekly on all major podcast distributors.

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For the Media:  

Download the series graphic (square .PNG

Listen to the series trailer on Spotify or Apple Podcasts 

Visit the podcast website 

A selection of photos and captions are available for non-exclusive, non-commercial editorial use. All images must be credited to: The Institute for Science & Policy / Denver Museum of Nature & Science 

Interviews with Kristan Uhlenbrock, Director of the Institute for Science & Policy, are available by request. 


About the Institute for Science & Policy

Established in 2018, the Institute for Science & Policy at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science promotes civil dialogue and scientific thinking. Situated at the intersection of science, policy, media, and community engagement, the Institute is non-partisan and designed to work across divides to help solve our most complex statewide, national, and global challenges such as climate change, energy, public health, and more. The Institute’s overall objective is for science to become a second-nature consideration in public discourse and policymaking by providing resources and tools to facilitate productive conversations. Visit us on the web at and connect on Facebook and Twitter


About the Denver Museum of Nature & Science

The Denver Museum of Nature & Science is the Rocky Mountain Region’s leading resource for informal science education. Our mission is to be a catalyst and ignite the community’s passion for nature and science. The Museum envisions an empowered community that loves, understands and protects our natural world. A variety of engaging exhibits, discussions and activities help Museum visitors celebrate and understand the wonders of Colorado, Earth and the universe. The Museum is located at 2001 Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO, 80205. To learn more about the Museum, visit or call 303.370.6000. Many of the Museum’s educational programs and exhibits are made possible in part by the citizens of the seven-county metro area through the Scientific & Cultural Facilities District (SCFD). The Museum is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums. Connect with the Museum on FacebookTwitter,  Instagram and TikTok.

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