West Slope

March 31, 2014--Statewide water
shortage talks yield modest breakthrough (Aspen Daily Times)

Front Range water users seeking new supplies of Western Slope water said last week they may settle for a reduction in diversions during dry years to accommodate the existing demands of people in western Colorado and downstream in states like Nevada and California.

March 31, 2014--Statewide water shortage talks yield modest breakthrough (Aspen Daily News)

Front Range water users seeking new supplies of Western Slope water said last week they may settle for a reduction in diversions during dry years to accommodate the existing demands of people in western Colorado and downstream in states like Nevada and California.

March 5, 2014--Sides agree to innovative Fraser River deal to help slake Denver Water thirst (Colorado Independent)

Ranchers, anglers and big-city water bosses raised a white flag in Colorado’s long-running water wars this week by setting aside bullying and threats of lawsuits and permit appeals.


March 5, 2014--Water Bank Proposed on Western Slope (KREX)

The Colorado River District traveled to Montrose and Palisade Tuesday to speak with irrigators about the possibility of a water bank on the Western Slope. The new concept would increase security for the Upper Colorado River Basin water supplies and reduce the potential negative impacts of persisting drought conditions.


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 21, 2014--Colorado lawmakers back off plan to conserve water by limiting lawn size for new developments (AP)

Colorado lawmakers on Friday backed off a plan to conserve water by limiting the size of lawns in new developments, avoiding a clash between developers and environmentalists as the state tries to deal with limited water and a booming population. Sen.


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 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.


January 26, 2014--High desert turf wars (Durango Herald)

Probably no other plant can inspire more passion here in the West than the humble blade of grass. For many homeowners, a patch of lawn is a private sanctuary, a place to go barefoot and let the kids run. And to people like Steve Harris, a Durango water engineer, every new blade of grass represents a drop of water that once was used to water crops.


January 23, 2014--Colorado continues to wrangle over last drop (Durango Telegraph)

The Colorado River drains the western slope of Colorado’s rockies, where 80 percent of the state’s snow falls. But about 80 percent of Colorado’s population lies east of the Continental Divide, along the Front Range. Unallocated water may still exist, especially in the Yampa River downstream from Steamboat Springs.


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