Roundtables

***Public Input Sought for Colorado Water Plan!***

As an essential resource, water supports the open space provided by the state’s productive ranches and farms, brings us recreational activities such as boating and fishing, is the source of high quality drinking water for our growing towns and cities, and provides life to the beautiful environment that surrounds us. 


December 19, 2014--Agriculture a major priority in water talks (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Protecting Western Slope agriculture appears to be one area of agreement as the region looks for ways of speaking with one voice on Colorado water issues. That was one takeaway from what was effectively a Western Slope water summit held Thursday in Grand Junction with the goal of presenting some consolidated messages on the state’s newly drafted water plan.


December 13, 2014--Colorado's Water Plan is a big step forward (Denver Post)

No single issue will have a more direct impact on Colorado's future than our ability to successfully and collaboratively manage our life-giving water. Water pumps the beating heart of Colorado's sublime appeal. It provides for thriving agriculture, the green hue of our forests, farmfields and, yes, even lawns.


November 26, 2014--Statewide water plan taking shape (Pine River Times)

Prospects are for the state's population to double by 2050, while the state's water supply does not increase - and it could even decrease with climate change. That's driving creation of the Colorado Water Plan, which was initiated in May 2013 by an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper.


October 14, 2014--18,000 Coloradans call on water board for strong conservation and efficiency in state water plan (Groundfloor Media)

More than 18,000 people across Colorado have sent messages supporting smart water policies such as increased conservation and efficiency to be prioritized in the first-ever Colorado State Water Plan. Set in motion through an executive order by Gov. John Hickenlooper, the plan will determine how water is managed across Colorado for decades to come.


October 2, 2014--Colorado’s river economy worth $9 billion (High Country News)

As Colorado prepares its first statewide water plan, which will determine how water is managed water across the state now and for decades to come, a crucial debate is taking place: how to divvy up Colorado’s dwindling water supplies.


September 18, 2014--Urban, agricultural communities clash over Colorado Water Plan (Greeley Tribune)

By 2050, projections place Northern Colorado’s population at double its current level — a forecast that threatens to not only challenge but possibly tap out the region’s water resources. In the South Platte Water Basin, a 22,000-square mile district including Weld County, this population boom could equate to major water shortages in the not-so-distant future.


August 30, 2014--Water storage ‘absolutely’ part of plan (Grand Junction Sentinel)

Western Slope water storage is “absolutely” a part of the Colorado water plan that is to be complete in just over a year, said the head of the Colorado Water Conservation Board. James Eklund, however, declined to offer specifics about any discussions. U.S. Rep. Scott Tipton, R-Colo., this week told the editorial board of The Daily Sentinel that he and Gov.


August 24, 2014--Hickenlooper: No water brawls (Pueblo Chieftain)

Whatever else is in it, the biggest element of Colorado’s water plan will be cooperation. “Water can either divide or unite us. In the end, it’s our choice,” Gov. John Hickenlooper told the Colorado Water Congress last week.


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