Roundtables

April 11, 2014--Water supply concerns dominate regional seminar (Pine River Times)

With continuing population growth in Southwestern states and ongoing drought, water issues are becoming more and more about who has to cut back their use when there isn't enough to meet demand. That thread ran through presentations at the annual Water Seminar on April 4 in Durango, sponsored by the Southwest Water Conservation District.


April 8, 2014--Haven’t heard of the Colorado Water Plan? (Durango Herald)

No one is trying to keep it a secret, but legislators are worried few people have heard of the Colorado Water Plan. Gov. John Hickenlooper has directed his administration to prepare the state’s first-ever comprehensive water strategy by December.


March 11, 2014--State water plan: Roundtable progress, but new supply is elusive (Pueblo Chieftain)

The most productive use of water may be drinking pitchers of it while having discussions about the state’s future. That could be the lesson of last week’s state roundtable summit, which brought together about 300 people ranging from state bureaucrats to water lawyers; farmers to water utility managers; county commissioners to fish lovers.


February 26, 2014--Western Slope vulnerable to drought (Vail Daily)

A looming water shortage for Front Range cities is largely driving current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan, but that doesn’t mean that towns and cities on the Western Slope are entirely prepared for their own water future.


February 20, 2014--Water planning for western communities (Post Independent)

A looming water shortage for Front Range cities is largely driving current efforts to develop a Colorado Water Plan, but that doesn’t mean that towns and cities on the Western Slope are entirely prepared for their own water future.


February 19, 2014--Colorado Water Plan draft calls for maintaining current ag output (Greeley Tribune)

More irrigated farmland will no doubt go out of production, but the economic impact of agriculture in Colorado must maintain its current levels in the future. That was put in writing by the Interbasin Compact Committee on Tuesday, as the group continued piecing together the language that could make up the official Colorado Water Plan.  T.


February 16, 2014--Uncontrolled growth (Pueblo Chieftain)

WHAT IF Colorado’s water resources are sucked dry? It’s a question worth asking in light of frightening estimates that the state population could double over the next 30-35 years. Growth is something many states clamor after because services can expand and additional amenities can be provided as the number of taxpayers rise.


February 8, 2014--Schwartz sponsors bill to challenge water plan (Aspen Times)

State Sen. Gail Schwartz is co-sponsoring a bill that requires the Colorado legislature to approve a statewide water plan now under development by the Colorado Water Conservation Board and nine regional water groups. Senate Bill 14-115 would trump an executive order issued by Colorado Gov.


February 5, 2014--Grass-roots water plan (Pueblo Chieftain)

Some Colorado lawmakers want the final say on how the state uses its limited water resources. Senate Bill 115 has been introduced and elected officials from both political parties have signed up as sponsors. The measure, if approved, would give the Colorado Legislature the authority to adopt a state water plan.


January 2, 2014--Regional plan hopes to hold onto local water for ag, rec and conservation (Crested Butte News)

The Upper Gunnison River Water Conservancy District has been busy developing a plan for future water use in the Gunnison Valley and, at the same time, watching other basins in the state to see where they expect their water to come from.


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