West Slope

July 26, 2014--Pandora water treatment project nearing completion (Telluride Daily Planet)

The Pandora water treatment project at the east end of the valley is on schedule and should be complete by this fall, ending more than three years of construction. The project, which fired up in 2011, has been in the works for more than 20 years, and it will pipe water from Upper Bridal Veil Basin to a new treatment facility at the east end of the box canyon.

July 12, 2014--West-Slope Colorado towns restore local flows, even as thirsty front-range lawns drink from their rivers (National Geographic)

When residents in Denver, Colorado Springs and other cities on the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains turn on their sprinklers to irrigate lawns, they rarely think about the fate of fish in the headwaters of the Colorado River on the other side of the Continental Divide.


July 10, 2014--Western Slope counties look to protect water resources (Summit Daily)

“No more water across the Divide” is the rallying cry of the Colorado Basin Implementation Plan. The second draft of the plan was released July 1, and over and over it calls for a stop to diversions of water from the Colorado River Basin under the Continental Divide.


July 9, 2014--Water plan would weigh new diversion projects (Post Independent)

Though Colorado River Basin water users strongly urge against any new trans-mountain diversions to the East Slope as part of a draft plan for the basin released last week, a key part of the process to create a state water plan recognizes a need to eventually have that discussion.


Goosing the West Slope

“The Western Slope needs to be goosed,” says Chris Treese, of CRWCD. “Frankly, the Front Range has led most of the water-conservation efforts in Colorado to date.” In an effort to rectify this, numerous mountains towns in Colorado are devoting more attention to water conservation and efficiency. Altogether, Colorado is talking more about efficiency and conservation and in Denver; three separate bills were introduced into the Colorado Legislature this winter.


June 19, 2014--Not much love for proposed new water diversions (Summit Voice)

For all the detailed information in the 16,000-page study for Denver Water’s proposed new water diversions from the Western Slope, there are still more questions than answers, according to formal comment letters filed in the past few weeks.


June 5, 2014--Water bill dead as Hickenlooper vetoes second Democratic bill in two days (Fox News)

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper vetoed his second Democratic bill in two days, a measure that would have incentivized water conservation on the Western Slope, FOX31 Denver was first to report.


May 29, 2014--Can the state water plan bridge the gap? (Summit Voice)

When Colorado’s earth cracked open in the great drought of 2002, it may have also cracked open a new corner of consciousness about the finite nature of the state’s water supplies. Spurred by the drought, Gov.


May 9, 2014--Potential for harm: Opponents of Senate Bill 23 express concern about upstream water users (Steamboat Today)

Senate Bill 23, which recently passed the Colorado Legislature, aims to provide incentives for agricultural water users and irrigators on the Western Slope to make their operations more efficient, but some opposed the bill on the grounds that it has the potential to harm others’ water rights.


May 5, 2014--Water planning: What Colorado could learn from Texas (Durango Herald)

Following an executive order from Gov. John Hickenlooper in May 2013, Colorado commenced creating its first statewide water plan. Other western states have already done this, most notably Texas.


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