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Data visualizations

From farms to cities: Analysis shows Colorado-Big Thompson water right ownership changes 

Publication: The Coloradoan

Brief: We compiled our own dataset on water transfers in northeast Colorado using public records to quantify a trend: We found that since June 2019, around 95% of water shares that were transferred went from farms (class D contracts) to municipalities (class B) and water districts (class C).

How healthy is the South Platte River Basin snowpack? See how it compares to past years

Publication: The Coloradoan

Brief: Inspired by a recent story from LA Times’s Sean Greene that featured a graphic showing the Sierra snowpack as it reaches its peak, we took at look at the snow conditions on our own region.

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From farms to cities: Analysis shows Colorado-Big Thompson water right ownership changes 

Publication: The Coloradoan

Brief: We compiled our own dataset on water transfers in northeast Colorado using public records to quantify a trend: We found that since June 2019, around 95% of water shares that were transferred went from farms (class D contracts) to municipalities (class B) and water districts (class C).

Chicago’s one-star nursing homes were troubled before the pandemic. Now, they’re ‘ground zero’ 

Publication: The Columbia Chronicle

Brief: In a first-of-its-kind analysis, we scraped data from several sources to examine how nursing home residents were being impacted at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. We found that not only was there a disproportionate number of cases and deaths in these facilities, but the death rate at low star facilities (oftentimes found on disadvantaged neighborhoods) on the federal ranking was the highest. 

Developing a data-driven water quality prediction tool at the event scale for tile-drained
agriculture-dominated catchments


Publication: Iowa State University

Brief: As part of my graduate thesis, I developed an ensemble model to predict how extreme climate and agricultural management impacts local water quality. One of the outputs of this shows how each variable (represented by a box) ranks in importance to predict three different variables (each represented by a vertical tower). The bigger and higher the box, the more important to predict a specific variable. Overall, precipitation intensity was the most important variable to simulate total and peak flow response, while drought conditions were the most important climate variable to predict nitrate concentration.

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‘It affects all of us’: Larimer County CCAP enrollment expected to remain on a freeze

Publication: The Coloradoan

Brief: Months prior, we had reported on how the county froze enrollment for its child care assistance program, citing insufficient funding. After our interviews with county staff were denied, we filed an open records request to get financial documents and talked to sources from several counties and the state to better understand how others managed similar situations. An alternative discussed was the state's reallocation program, where at the end of a fiscal year, unused funds from county's are given to the ones that overspent their budget, as illustrated below.

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