December 10, 2014--Colorado’s leading conservation voices react to draft State Water Plan (Denver Post)

Colorado’s leading conservation and recreation organizations including American Rivers, Audubon, Conservation Colorado, Environmental Defense Fund, San Juan Citizens Alliance and Western Resource Advocates congratulate the Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB) for completing the draft of the state’s first water plan, and call on Governor Hickenlooper to further strengthen the plan. Together, these groups express optimism that the water plan recognizes the crucial role healthy, flowing rivers play in Colorado’s environment and varied eco-systems, as well as to the state’s economy, including the robust recreation and tourism industries. But the groups maintain the plan falls short of providing real, actionable steps that protect Colorado’s natural resources, and prioritize solutions that avoid the need for new large, trans-mountain diversions of water from the Western Slope to the Front Range. The groups call upon the CWCB to insert into the plan a statewide goal of reducing water use by 20 percent by 2030 – an achievable target for Colorado, which it is also in line with other Western states. In addition, the groups strongly recommend that the plan itemize the right incentives, tools and funding to maximize efficient water use in cities, farms, ranches and industry settings.

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