April 19, 2014--Let economic sense flow as part of Colorado’s water plan (Denver Business Journal)

Healthy rivers are essential to Colorado’s multibillion-dollar agriculture, recreational, tourism and business economies, not to mention the Colorado River’s impact on the 36 million people who rely on it for drinking water. Yet, for more than a decade Colorado and surrounding states have experienced unrelenting drought.

April 13, 2014--Watered-down lawn bill signed into law (Pueblo Chieftain)

A bill that initially sought to tie water supplies for new developments to minimal landscaping irrigation was signed into law Friday by Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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 29, 2014--Water supply worth a dam? (Grand Junction Sentinel)

When Gov. John Hickenlooper sat down Friday for lunch with the board of directors of Club 20, the West Slope promotional organization, the pitcher at his table was emblazoned with a handwritten label: “Western Slope Water.” “I drink that stuff every day,” Hickenlooper told his lunch companions.

March 26, 2014--State proposal lays scenario for cross-state 
water diversion (Grand Junction Sentinel)

The state water plan officials will offer to Gov. John Hickenlooper won’t identify a specific transmountain diversion, but will lay out the conditions under which one could be pursued, officials said Tuesday. The development came out of a meeting of the Interbasin Compact Committee on Tuesday, said Jim Pokrandt, who serves on the committee and heads the Colorado River Basin roundtable.

March 22, 2014--Meetings tackle teamwork required for 'water time' (Colorado Springs Gazette)

In Colorado, water is as precious as a rare diamond, though much easier to get your hands on - at least for now. - The future may be another matter. - Frequent droughts, an increasing population and greater demand for water have elected officials, conservationists and the business community worried about the future of Colorado's water supply. - The specter of future shortages prompted Gov.

March 16, 2014--Environmental water needs also important (Pueblo Chieftain)

Rivers do much more than keep fish wet. They are the life and heart of entire ecosystems. Ninety percent of Colorado’s wildlife depend on riparian habitat to survive. Riparian areas and rivers make up less than 5 percent of our total land area, but they are the most complex and important habitat we have. They are incredibly valuable economically as well as environmentally.

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.

March 7, 2014--Governor pushes state water plan (Durango Herald)

Gov. John Hickenlooper is expanding his goals for an already-ambitious state water plan, and he is now aiming to craft a regional plan for the arid Western states. Hickenlooper has called on Colorado water experts to create a first-ever water plan for Colorado by December.

February 11, 2014--Eighteen conservation groups give Gov. Hickenlooper input on state water plan (Earth Justice)

Today, eighteen Colorado conservation and citizen groups sent a letter to Governor John Hickenlooper with recommendations for the Colorado Water Plan.

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