Jason Plautz is a Denver-based journalist who covers the environment, politics and the intersection of the two. His writing has appeared in Science, High Country News, HuffPost, The Atlantic, 5280 and other publications. He participated in the Ted Scripps Fellowship for Environmental Journalism at the University of Colorado in Boulder in 2017-2018.
Will people trust Colorado’s COVID exposure notification tool?
By: Jason Plautz - September 12, 2020
Public health experts agree that a robust contact tracing network that can notify people if they’ve potentially been exposed to the COVID-19 virus will have to be a key part of any effort to contain the pandemic. But the rollout of apps to monitor potential exposures have been dogged by concerns about data privacy and […]
Voter registration lags in Colorado amid lockdowns, distancing
By: Jason Plautz - July 13, 2020
Heading into the 2020 election, Salvador Hernandez, the Colorado state director of Mi Familia Vota, was hoping to register at least 12,000 new voters as part of the group’s mission to activate the Latinx voting base. Then came COVID-19. Plans to reach teenagers in high school classes had to be put on hold as classes […]
Colorado enacts ‘forever chemical’ cleanup measures as federal action falls short
By: Jason Plautz - July 2, 2020
Even in a shortened session, Colorado legislators managed to pass a pair of bills that will help the state kickstart cleanup of so-called “forever chemicals” that have contaminated drinking water in communities around the state. Under Senate Bill 20-218, the state will create a fund to help communities detect and clean up contamination from perfluoroalkyl […]